My Take on the Best Director Category

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This is a highly contradictive Oscar year and the Best Director category is no exception. The contradiction comes from a complete disconnect between the various film guilds and the big-name award ceremonies. The guilds have been regarding Birdman as the year’s best picture, while the various award ceremonies have unanimously declared Boyhood to be the year’s best picture. There hasn’t been such a wide split between films since 1995 between Apollo 13 winning all the guild awards, while Braveheart went on to take the win at the eventual Oscars ceremony. This further extends to the Best Director category, more specifically between Richard Linklater and Alejandro G. Inarritu. Linklater has claimed prizes with a Golden Globe, Critics Choice Award and a BAFTA win. While these are tremendous precursor awards that have typically predicted the tide of where the Oscars will go, something unexpected happened. Inarritu was awarded the DGA (Directors Guild Award), the most prestigious precursor award for a director, so prestigious that many would argue that the DGA holds more credibility and clout than the actual Academy Award does. To add onto this, the DGAs, in their 66 year history, 59 of the Best Director recipients have gone onto winning the Oscar for Best Director. This takes away much of the steam and momentum leading Linklater into what was expected to be an obvious Oscar win. Yet, Boyhood and Linklater have a tremendous following and the momentum for the film shouldn’t be underestimated. Additionally, this places voters in an unusual position due to both directors having achieved new innovative methods of directing. Voters will have to decide whether Inarritu’s method of filming Birdman in the flow of one continuous take or Linklater’s method of filming the actual 12 year life progression of a young male is more deserving of an Oscar for Best Director. The likely scenario, given how the award ceremonies have gone, is for Linklater to be likely victorious this year. This would be a blatant contradiction of Inarritu’s DGA win, which would mirror Ron Howard’s loss in 1995, only the difference between the two being that Ron Howard wasn’t even nominated that year with the Academy Awards. Inarritu’s loss would be a tremendous loss, but it is probable that it will happen

The Nominees:
Alejandro González Iñárritu, Birdman
Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher
Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Morten Tydlum, The Imitation Game

Will Win: Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Could Win: Alejandro González Iñárritu, Birdman
Should Win: Alejandro González Iñárritu, Birdman

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