The 86th Annual Academy Awards: Best Director

21 Feb

In the interest of being thorough about the Academy Awards, I have decided to dedicate a blog entry for every category.  The news media will focus on the top five categories, eventually I will too, but these posts are in the interest of examining every single category, even those that send you to the fridge during the show.  Today: Best Director.

  • Alfonso Cauron for Gravity
  • Steve McQueen for 12 Years a Slave
  • Alexander Payne for Nebraska
  • David O. Russell for American Hustle
  • Martin Scorsese for The Wolf of Wall Street


For me, the race comes down to Steve McQueen, who managed to create 12 Years a Slave, the first great epic about the horror of slavery, and Alfonso Cauron, who turned Gravity into a human adventure where it might have otherwise been just a great technical exercise.  Both deserve to win, but I think Cauron has the prize here, especially after winning the top award from the DGA, the same block of voters who select the Oscars.

Who Will Win?: Alfonso Cauron for Gravity
Who Should Win?: Steve McQueen for 12 Years a Slave

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Posted by on 02/21/2014 in Blog


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