The nominees for Best Director are very interesting this year, MaverickFilm.Co explains why.
Nominees: Kenneth Lonergan for Manchester by the Sea, Mel Gibson for Hacksaw Ridge, Barry Jenkins for Moonlight, Denis Villeneuve for Arrival, Damien Chazelle for La La Land
Who Should Win:
The 2017 Oscars are looking quite interesting in the Directing category. History has shown that the Academy frequently avoids handing out Oscars to first time nominees. Therein lies the problem. Of the five nominees this year, only one has been nominated in the same category. In 1996, Mel Gibson was nominated and won the Directing Oscar for Braveheart. However, it doesn’t seem like Gibson will nab accolade this year.
Denis Villeneuve and Kenneth Lonergan both helmed some emotionally gripping films in 2016 with Arrival and Manchester by the Sea respectively. Both should be considered dark horses in the lead up to the award ceremony.
However, this is a one horse race. Damien Chazelle was overlooked for his work on 2014’s Whiplash but the Academy couldn’t ignore him this time around. La La Land is the best film of 2016 and Chazelle is its architect.
Who Will Win:
This is a one horse race. Chazelle is walking out with the Directing Oscar on Sunday. La La Land is only his third feature length film and it’s absolutely wonderful. Everything is executed to perfection throughout the film and there simply isn’t a way that the Academy can overlook that. For the 32 year old director, Whiplash was excellent but La La Land is the perfection of his craft.