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Francis Ford Coppola

Coppola is an amazing talent whose inspiration and influence spans many generations. Virtually the link between the studio system of yesteryear and the independent minded filmmaker of the modern age, Coppola became the first major film director to emerge from a university degree program in filmmaking, thus legitimizing a now common route for many future filmmakers.

This Academy Award winner continues to enjoy an enormous critical and popular success due in large part to Coppola’s ability to break down an epic saga of crime and the struggle for power into the basic story of a father and his sons, punctuating the prevalent theme throughout Coppola’s oeuvre: the importance of family in today’s world. His personal portrait mixed tender moments with harsh brutality and redefined the genre of gangster films.

This intense, yet unassuming thriller has an impact that touches the viewer on a personal level and raises the question of privacy and security in a world of technology – thirty years ago! Coppola’s then virtually unknown cast is a roster of inevitable superstars, including Gene Hackman, Harrison Ford, and Robert Duvall. This Academy Award nominee for Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Sound lost out to Coppola’s other great effort of the year, The Godfather: Part II.

Coppola's masterful Vietnam War-updating of Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness" was the first major motion picture about the infamous “conflict”. This colossal epic was shot on location in the Philippines over the course of more than a year and contains some of the most extraordinary combat footage ever filmed. Unforgettable battle sequences and sterling performances from every cast member (including Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Dennis Hopper, Laurence Fishburne, Harrison Ford, Scott Glenn, and Martin Sheen) mark this Academy Award-winning drama as a must-see for any true film fanatic.

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Oscar Handicap 2014: Director

By EdwardHavens

March 1st, 2013

Here, we will look at the recent voting patterns for the category of Best Director.

Oscar Handicap 2014: Director

(For explanations as to how our scoring system works, make sure to read our first article in the series, Best Picture of the Year, linked at the bottom of this article.)

With Argo's much-honored director out of the running here, does that leave this category wide open or is there a clear-cut front-runner?

The Breakdowns
1) Best Director winners have also been nominated for the same award at the BAFTAs 21 of the last 22 years (95.45%), when British and American releases started to better align themselves. Advantage: Cuaron, McQueen, Russell, Scorsese
2) Winners of the Directors' Guild Award for Best Director have gone on to win here 58 of the 65 times the former award has been given (89.23%). Advantage: Cuaron
3) As long as you're not the oldest nominee, you've won here 31 of 35 (88.24%). Advantage: Cuaron, McQueen, Payne, Russell
4) Movies primarily set outside the past twenty years have won here 25 of 35 (71.43%). Advantage: McQueen, Russell
5) Movies based on works of fiction have won 25 of 35 (71.43%). Advantage: Cuaron, Payne
6) The film with the most nominations has won for Best Director 23 of 35 (65.71%). Advantage: Cuaron, Russell
7) Xenophobia is still (mostly) alive, with American-born filmmakers winning 22 of 35 (62.86%). Advantage: Payne, Russell, Scorsese
8) Directors who are not writers of their projects have won 22 of 35 (62.86%). Advantage: McQueen, Payne
9) First-time nominees in this category have won 21 of 35 (60%). Advantage: Cuaron, McQueen
10) Directors who are also producers on their film have won 19 of 35 (54.29%). Advantage: Cuaron, McQueen, Scorsese

By The Numbers
It is quite likely this will be the first time in sixty-two years that we've had split Best Picture/Best Director winners two years in a row
Alfonso Cuaron, "Gravity": +1, +2, +3, -4, +5, +6, -7, -8, +9, +10 (234 of 367, 63.76%)
Steve McQueen, "12 Years a Slave": +1, -2, +3, +4, -5, -6, -7, +8, +9, +10 (181 of 367, 49.32%)
Alexander Payne, "Nebraska": -1, -2, +3, -4, +5, -6, +7, +8, -9, -10 (160 of 367, 43.60%)
David O. Russell, "American Hustle": +1, -2, +3, +4, -5, +6, +7, -8, -9, -10 (182 of 367, 49.59%)
Martin Scorsese, "The Wolf of Wall Street": +1, -2, -3, -4, -5, -6, +7, +8, -9, +10 (141 of 367, 38.42%)


All articles in this series:
Best Picture of the Year
Best Director
Best Actor and Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress
Best Cinematography
Best Original Screenplay and Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Foreign Language Film
Best Animated Feature