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Norman Jewison

Yes, he directed “Moonstruck” and two unforgettable musicals, but Jewison is also responsible for a trilogy of films focusing on racial-injustice, a whacky Cold War comedy and a signature film of Steve McQueen’s showing that he is one of the most versatile directors since Robert Wise.

This blueprint for good investigation dramas tells the story of a black Philadelphia detective investigating a murder in Mississippi who matches wits with a redneck sheriff. Groundbreaking for it’s time, this Oscar winning film is still relevant today and offers a gripping mystery with terrific dramatic performances by a complete cast of fully realized characters.

This is an amazingly funny and entertaining irreverent "Cold War" comedy about a Russian submarine stranded outside an isolated New England town, which throws the locals into a panic. Jewison does a delightful job of utilizing his all-star cast to their fullest, deftly mixing Capra-esq characters with Mel Brooks’s type situations (and vise-versa).

A bored millionaire (Steve McQueen in his prime) masterminds a flawless bank job as Faye Dunaway (an insurance investigator out to get him) identifies him as the mastermind and falls in love along the way. This is the original and the best, with all the arch stylized movie techniques of the ‘60s (including split-screen and fuzzy shallow focus) and the most erotic chess game ever captured on screen.

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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