Here we go, boys and girls. The nominees for the Best Director of 2011.
These are the people behind the lens. Its their vision that the movie brings to life. It’s like the old axiom about a quarterback, “They get too much credit when they win, and too much blame when they lose”.
But at least, for these five candidates, it’s definitely the winning side of the equation we’re talking about.
Click through to see the nominees for the 2011 FMR MAJOR Award for Best Director!
Woody Allen – “Midnight in Paris” I saw this movie, literally at the last minute possible for consideration here. I didn’t buy any of the hype, I was like, yeah, yeah, yeah, Midnight in Paris, Midnight in Paris. Little did I know that Woody Allen would weave a wonderous spell. An enchanting film, and I mean that literally. I felt “charmed” by it. Kudos.
David Fincher – “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” Dark, Unsettling, Dangerous, Disturbing. Fincher filmed this movie, and then wrapped it up with barbed wire, and gave it to us as a Christmas gift. Unmerry Christmas to you. Except it worked, in a big way as we were treated to “The Feel Bad Movie of the Year”. And loved it.
Terrence Malick – “The Tree of Life” the year’s most controversial movie, without a doubt. There’s no doubt that Malick is the star more than any actor or actress or dinosaur within. Challenging, awe-inspiring, confusing, beautiful, astounding. This is film as moving art. The world is a better place for having movies like this in the mix. ______________________________________________________________________
Alexander Payne – “The Descendants” This movie was heartfelt and honest. Funny as hell, and genuinely moving. A package like that doesn’t just appear out of thin air. Payne got the absolute most out of every single performer in the movie, and then used great cinematography, great music, and perfect pacing to create a unforgetable movie.
Nicholas Winding Refn – “Drive” Stylish. Bad ass. Understated. Confident. Cool. Refn took his first major US release and knocked it out of the park. Drive is gorgeous to watch and filled with top-level performances – credit to Refn. It’s a crime drama with a cool streak, and deserved all the raves it got.
So there you have it folks!
My picks for the best directors of 2011!
Can’t wait to hammer me over “snubbing” Scorsese? Can’t get behind “The Tree of Life”? Surprised to see Woody Allen in the mix? Let me hear it!
Let me know what you think. As usual
Help! He’s holding me captive! Call the cops! I can’t wait to get your input as I face these tough decisions!!