Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Top 5 Tuesdays (T5T) Honors Best Directors


Every year The Oscars honor the best of the best of the best. Or so they say. Awards are well... there are politics, and there's campaigning, and awards are subjective, etc. In short, there are some more deserving than others. This month, I'm going to honor the best of the best Oscars with my Top 5 Tuesdays. And today, I'm asking for your Top 5 Best Best Directors. The most deserving of the coveted award. Here are mine.

1. Frank Capra for It Happened One Night

2. John Huston for
Treasure of the Sierra Madre

3. Mike Nichols for The Graduate

4. Francis Ford Coppola for
The Godfather Part II

5. Stephen Soderbergh for Traffic

9 comments:

Allen L. said...

Top 5 Oscar winners:
Jerome Robbins/Robert Wise - West Side Story
Bob Fosse - Cabaret
Francis Coppola - Godfather 2
Warren Beatty - Reds
Bernardo Bertolucci - The Last emperor

matthew said...

Michael Curtiz, "Casablanca"
David Lean, "The Bridge on the River Kwai"
Woody Allen, "Annie Hall"
Steven Spielberg, "Schindler's List"
Steven Soderbergh, "Traffic"

How about - out of all the directing nominees over the years - who we think SHOULD have won? :)

Piper said...

Allen l

Good to see you're staying true to your musical roots.

Matthew,

Good question on who should have won.

Orson Wells for Citizen Kane

Rossen for The Hustler

Pakula for All The Presidents Men

Scorsese for Raging Bull and Goodfellas

Allen L. said...

Oh, I don't think I'm embracing Musical Theater roots. Truth is, West Side story is timeless, still holds up and is vital and energetic. Really altered the medium while holding true to its roots.
Cabaret is as much a testament to the cinematographer. Truly a musical OF it's rebellious times and every shot is a picture. Gorgeous and moving.

Who should have won? Alan Pakula for All The President's Men. The most exciting movie that is ALL talking heads.

Marilyn said...

Leo McCarey - Make Way for Tomorrow
F. W. Murnau - The Last Laugh
Paul Verhoeven - Black Book
Michelangelo Antonioni - The Passenger
Elaine May - A New Leaf

Marilyn said...

I should have said that these are MY choices, not the Academy's.

Marilyn said...

Among Oscar Winners:

The Grapes of Wrath -- John Ford
Gigi -- Vincente Minnelli
Lawrence of Arabia -- David Lean
The Godfather Part II -- Francis Ford Coppola
The Pianist -- Roman Polanski


Hated to drop Oliver Stone for Platoon off this list. Can we have a top 6?

SamuraiFrog said...

Chronologically:

John Ford, "The Informer"
William Wyler, "Mrs. Miniver"
Joseph L. Mankiewicz, "A Letter to Three Wives"
Jerome Robbins/Robert Wise, "West Side Story"
David Lean, "Lawrence of Arabia"

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