Friday, January 23, 2009

"One Category at a Time" - Best Director

Upon reflection, the snub for The Dark Knight feels less surprising today than it did yesterday. However, Christopher Nolan's snub in Best Director will always leave me in a state of shock. His film earned an impressive eight nominations, which, when compared to the paltry five from Frost/Nixon and The Reader, should have made him the natural choice for that lone director spot. But no. His remarkable achievement went unrecognized, and while his team of craftspeople will get to indulge in the glitz and glamour of Oscar night, he'll have nothing to show for it. Not one, measley nomination. This is almost more embarssing than the Best Picture snub. But Nolan, being the class act that he is, will surely attend to applaude his colleagues and (hopefully) accept Heath Ledger's award for Supporting Actor, giving him at least a fleeting moment on stage that he so much deserves.

Okay. Rant over.

In a perfect world, Nolan would be joined by Mike Leigh and Andrew Stanton as Best Director nominees, replacing Stephen Daldry, Ron Howard, and David Fincher. Similarly to Best Picture, Slumdog Millionaire and Milk are the two nominees who truly deserve to be here. Gus Van Sant managed to avoid giving Milk that movie-of-the-month feel it could have had, and Danny Boyle will certainly win for his vibrant and kinetic direction of Slumdog Millionaire.

Will win: Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire
Should win: Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire

1 comment:

anahita said...

I really didn't like Dark Knight - I couldn't get into it - however superhero films as a genre I absolutely despise, and out of all of the ones I've seen, it was the best. Plus the direction was quite good, and Heath Ledger was a marvel. So I guess I'm kinda surprised that it didn't score big also. I'm completely backing slumdog millionaire, all...the...way. I absolutely loved it.