210 directors. That’s how many directors, over the course of the Academy Awards, have been nominated for Best Director. And I’ve gone through and ranked them all.
Now, I will do a much longer piece and go into much greater detail on each director. But, since this is the bare bones edition, I have only listed rank, name, points and what they earned Oscar nominations for (bold is for winners).
I have spent much of the past year watching as many films from these directors as possible. I have seen over 80% of all the films directed by them – which is difficult, given a lot of the films from the older directors. But all of that, as well as a detailed description of the scoring will come later this fall, as will the updated list of Top 100 Directors (it was waiting for this project to be finished). At the moment, if all you care about is my ranking, feel free to start griping. But remember – Godard was never nominated for an Oscar, so I don’t want to hear anything about him. If you want to worship him, your beef is with the Academy this time, not with me.
One caveat I should note. I have not seen Tree of Life. And because Malick has made so few films, if I find it to be truly great, it has the potential to raise him 20 spots on the list. If I hate it, which I suppose is possible, he could drop about 10. That is the range available. (more…)