Awards Redux

8 01 2008

After bemoaning the plethora of awards ceremonies yesterday, I have to admit that one thing that I like about the awards themselves is getting a chance to see who each guild or society feels is worthy of an award. I don’t always agree, but there’s no doubt that, 90% of the time, the nominees are deserving of something.

The Directors Guild of America came out with their nominations for Best Director of a Feature Film and they are all worthy, even if I didn’t like all of their movies. They are:

THERE WILL BE BLOOD (Paul Thomas Anderson)
NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN (Joel and Ethan Coen)
MICHAEL CLAYTON (Tony Gilroy)
INTO THE WILD (Sean Penn)
THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY (Julian Schnabel)

And while I had issues with Penn’s character interpretation of his lead character in his film, and with the Coen Brothers pacing and story structure in the last third of their film, there’s no doubt that each one of these films was a great example of strength of creators’ personalities — director’s, producer’s, writer’s, editor’s.

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