Ok everybody, here we go. The MAJOR Award for Best Director of 2012. The auteur who did the best job with their film this past year!
The Nominees are: Paul Thomas Anderson, “The Master”, Katheryn Bigelow, “Zero Dark Thirty”, Ang Lee, “Life of Pi”, Quentin Tarantino, “Django Unchained”, and Behn Zeitlin, “Beasts of the Southern Wild”.
Click through to see which one of these incredible directors won!
Ang Lee, “Life of Pi”
In “Life of Pi”, Lee hits a home run in every way a director can. The performances he features in the film are great, including the one from the CGI Tiger. The film is astonishingly beautiful to look at. It’s well-edited and well-paced. It has a deep tone to it… a thoughtful tenor beneath the action we’re seeing. He’s created a movie that is spiritually moving, thought-provoking, awe-inspiring, and entertaining. While many “deep” movies trip over their own feet being too intellectual, or wind up “stuffy”, “Life of Pi” entertains along the way to enlightening and that’s no easy feat.
The level of difficulty in “Pi” was definitely a factor in consideration here. It’s a movie which basically revolves around a single major scene (the boy and the tiger on a life boat), and all the complications that result from it. Not only does Lee keep it fascinating, he also creates a spiritual journey that the character goes through simultaneously. Keeping those two aspects of the film going at once isn’t easy. Surrounding it all is a world more gorgeous and vibrant than anything else you’ll find at the movies this year.
More than any of the other candidates this year, I felt Lee’s presence in a positive way. He was an artist behind the canvas, and he painted a wonderful picture.
The others were great as well. Paul Thomas Anderson crafted the year’s greatest think-piece, a puzzle that I’m still happily waiting to fully unravel. Katheryn Bigelow crafted a razor-sharp thriller with a great lead character who powerfully reflects the toll the intelligence game takes on a person. Quentin Tarantino did what he does best, and served us up a violent, stylistic serving of pop culture entertainment, and Benh Zeitlin makes a film of the highest calibre in his directorial debut. I can’t wait to see how he follows it up.
Ang Lee, the FMR MAJOR Award winner for Best Director, 2012