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Roundtable with Best Director Hopefuls

The Hollywood Reporter recently conducted a roundtable discussion with six directors who are having their names thrown out for end of the year honors to talk about how they work and the projects that have them on the front burner at this point in time.

Clint Eastwood, Ron Howard, Danny Boyle, Ed Zwick, Darren Aronofsky, and Gus Van Sant all work a little differently, so it's worthwhile to hear not only how they approach their work, but also to see how intently they listen to the other artists in the discussion. The most telling thing to me was watching what these much younger filmmakers have to say.

Missing from this unofficial gab session is Christopher Nolan, and despite that just being an obvious oversight (unless there were scheduling issues or something), it would have been a fascinating perspective given the success of that film and its larger budget in comparison to the other movies represented. Obviously, David Fincher would have something to say on the subject of making films, as well.

And I don't know why Gus Van Sant isn't actually included in the comments. My only thought on that is that more video is on the way in this series. Let's hope so, because it's pretty rewarding stuff.

On Becoming Directors

On Ideas

Danny Boyle on Filming in India

Aronofsky on Mickey Rourke


Reader Comments (9)

Too bad they left out the Director that's going to win it.

Monday, January 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKim

Who's that?

Monday, January 5, 2009 | Registered CommenterGet The Big Picture


Tuesday, January 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Watcher?!

Fincher. If ever he was going to get one, it's now. Not that I don't think he'll have plenty of chances in the future with his genius mind, it would just be glorious to see him win it for Button. It's a very competitive year, which is a good thing and we should be thankful, it would just be so nice to see him get some accolades for a job amazingly well done.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKim

I think it's between Fincher and Boyle. Boyle is such an out-of-the-blue commodity that the film will probably win but they might vote for a director they know more about. I had some problems with Button, primarily the screenplay, but it's certainly a visual feast, so Fincher has a better chance than anyone else to knock off Danny Boyle.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009 | Registered CommenterGet The Big Picture

I definitely agree with you, Colin. I think these two are going to be fighting it out through the Oscars both in directing awards and for their movie. And they're both so deserving, it's going to be interesting to see how it pans out.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKim

I loved Button. I loved Slumdog. I loved all of the movies that are going to be up for Best Picture. We did have a great year for movies and we should be very thankful for that. That being said, The Dark Knight will win this year. I am not saying this as a fanboy or because I think that it was the "best" film, but because it is the only way for the Oscars to ensure that their younger viewers will return to watch next year. The Oscars are quickly learning that they need to pander a bit more to their audience if they want to stay in business. This means not choosing the smaller film that not many people have seen before, because that choice will be good for that film, but it will confuse the mainstream audience. This year the Oscars will pander to that mainstream audience (they need ratings and money, see how they are allowing studios to show trailers this year) and to successfully do this they will need to give TDK the best pic award. Agree with me, disagree with me, say what you will, but mark my words: The Dark Knight will win best picture this year. You will see.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermuffin

Of course, by the time the awards happen, Button could be a $150 million movie and depending on what Fox Searchlight does with Slumdog, that could be a $80 million movie. So it's not exactly like we're looking at unknown quantities in the minds of the audience.

And since Best Picture is the last award given, the ratings and money will already be there when the winner is announced.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009 | Registered CommenterGet The Big Picture

I'm cheering for Slumdog, The Wrestler and Milk.
I loved Frost/Nixon, but there cannot be a four-way tie for Best Picture or Best Director.

Friday, January 9, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlara Petersen

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