This is the final ranked list of those directors who have been nominated for Best Director by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. This is part 9 of the series. As always, you can find the previous eight posts in this series by going here. There is also an introduction here, which explains the scope of the project as well as my scoring system. I have made certain to finish this now for two reasons. The first is that I wanted to get it done before another Oscar season begins and I had to add somebody (Alfonso Cuarón, perhaps?). The second is because I intend to do a Top 100 Directors 3.0 list before too long and I wanted this out of the way; that list, originally intended for this month, will probably be pushed back into at least winter, if not early spring in order to get this year’s batch of late films from Top 100 directors watched (e.g. Inside Llewyn Davis, Wolf of Wall Street, The Hobbit, Captain Phillips, Gravity).
One thing to bear in mind about the top of the list. On my point scale, there is only a 75 point difference between the #1 and #8 spots. There is then a 58 point difference between #8 and #9, and an 83 point difference between #8 and #11. So, if the director you really want to champion is among that top 7, that’s the elite of the elite. (more…)