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Re: Best Director

Postby OscarGuy » Mon Feb 25, 2013 11:18 pm

Cleopatra, Rolo...if he directs it.

Anyway, I guess it depends on what you mean by young generation. I'd still consider the likes of Darren Aronofsky and Paul Thomas Anderson the younger generation and although Joe Wright isn't beloved by many on this board, he's still a fine director. Stephen Chbosky has promise and Edgar Wright has a fairly strong start.
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Re: Best Director

Postby rolotomasi99 » Mon Feb 25, 2013 10:29 pm

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rolotomasi99 wrote:I would add this is the third year in a row a foreigner has won Best Director...Prior to that, most of the directors were first generation immigrants, but they were still U.S. citizens...Are film schools not producing the next generation of great directors?

Ang Lee is actually a product of NYU Film School, and a naturalized U.S. citizen.


Yet, as he has made clear in both of his Best Director Oscar speeches, his heart belongs to Taiwan. I bet China is super pissed one of the most famous directors in the world is Taiwanese, and someone who clearly does not consider Taiwan a part of China.

http://blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/2013 ... film-fans/

As for your question HarryGoldfarb, I worry the future of film making in the U.S. is going to be nothing but sequels, remakes, reboots, and ripoffs. I know there have been bad movies since the dawn of Hollywood, and there always will be, but I just feel like the art of cinema in this country is being lost. Obviously, we still have plenty of talented directors in our country, whether they be super stars like Spielberg or outsiders like Bigelow. However, when people praise J.J. Abrams as one of the greatest directors of his generation, I want to weep. I know there are folks on this board who are probably very happy with the majority of the films produced by U.S. directors, but I find myself pretty disappointed. Every country has its fair share of hacks, but I just wonder why so many of the most famous and powerful young directors in this country are so awful. Clearly the Academy is not all that impressed with what they see either, since they have given the Best Director Oscar to an unprecedented number of foreigners.

I am just happy the Oscars once again recognized the incredible talent of the brilliant Ang Lee. Now if only one of his films could win Best Picture, I would be even happier.
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Re: Best Director

Postby HarryGoldfarb » Mon Feb 25, 2013 11:26 am

rolotomasi99 wrote: I am not sure if it is just a bizarre coincidence, or a troubling trend. Are film schools not producing the next generation of great directors?


Rolo, why would it be a "troubling trend"?
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Re: Best Director

Postby dws1982 » Mon Feb 25, 2013 9:09 am

rolotomasi99 wrote:I would add this is the third year in a row a foreigner has won Best Director...Prior to that, most of the directors were first generation immigrants, but they were still U.S. citizens...Are film schools not producing the next generation of great directors?

Ang Lee is actually a product of NYU Film School, and a naturalized U.S. citizen.

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Re: Best Director

Postby Big Magilla » Mon Feb 25, 2013 8:58 am

OscarGuy wrote:Don't forget George Stevens: A Place in the Sun and Giant.

Too late, I already forgot him. I had a sneaking suspicion I left someone out. :cry:

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Re: Best Director

Postby rolotomasi99 » Mon Feb 25, 2013 1:46 am

I would add this is the third year in a row a foreigner has won Best Director. Actually, the new century has brought us seven years with foreign directors (Polanski, Jackson, Lee, Boyle, Hooper, Hazanavicius, and Lee again) winning vs six years for U.S. directors (Soderbergh, Howard, Eastwood, Scorsese, the Coens, and Bigelow) winning. In the 90s you had 3 foreigners, the 80s had 3, and the 70s had 1. Prior to that, most of the directors were first generation immigrants, but they were still U.S. citizens. I am not sure if it is just a bizarre coincidence, or a troubling trend. Are film schools not producing the next generation of great directors?

I am just so happy Ang Lee won. It was definitely the happiest Oscar win of the night.
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Re: Best Director

Postby OscarGuy » Mon Feb 25, 2013 12:38 am

Don't forget George Stevens: A Place in the Sun and Giant.
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Re: Best Director

Postby Big Magilla » Mon Feb 25, 2013 12:30 am

Ang Lee becomes the third two-time Best Director winner to win for directing without his film winning for Best Picture. Frank Borzage (7th Heaven; Bad Girl) was the first. John Ford (The Informer; The Grapes of Wrath) was the second, although his film did win the third time he won (for How Green Was My Valley) but not the fourth (for The Quiet Man).

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Re: Best Director

Postby Okri » Mon Feb 25, 2013 12:09 am

The standing ovation floored me, though. He seems like such a genuinely nice guy and I enjoy his movies, but I didn't expect that level of respect to be honest.

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Re: Best Director

Postby rudeboy » Mon Feb 25, 2013 12:01 am

OscarGuy wrote:It's just a bizarre set of winners is all.

The Academy defies tradition on a number of occasions with these awards.


I'm not so sure... after all the surprises in the nominees list, the evening went as expected for the most part. Ang Lee's richly-deserved win was the high-point for me, but even he was seen as having a fair shot so it hardly qualifies as a surprise.

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Re: Best Director

Postby OscarGuy » Sun Feb 24, 2013 11:57 pm

It's just a bizarre set of winners is all.

The Academy defies tradition on a number of occasions with these awards.
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Re: Best Director

Postby rolotomasi99 » Sun Feb 24, 2013 11:50 pm

OscarGuy wrote:It's a really fucked up night is what it is.


Are you saying Ang Lee winning is fucked up, or just the night in general? I am so happy for Lee (who is still the only person of color to win in this category). I hope he goes on winning, and perhaps one day he will have a Best Picture win to go with his awards for directing.
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Re: Best Director

Postby OscarGuy » Sun Feb 24, 2013 11:44 pm

It's a really fucked up night is what it is.
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Re: Best Director

Postby HarryGoldfarb » Sun Feb 24, 2013 11:43 pm

For a moment i thought we would get 4 pictures with 3 awards each (Lincoln winning director and actor, and asuming Argo will win BP). What is this?
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Re: Best Director

Postby HarryGoldfarb » Sun Feb 24, 2013 11:40 pm

Amazing! A real shock... Joining the selected group of 2 Academy Awards but probably with no BP? And preventing Spielberg to get his third one (on nominations morning it looked so easy to achieve!)
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