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Stanley Kubrick

A filmmaker of international importance, Kubrick was one of the only directors to work within the Studio System and still have full artistic control over his films from scripting through post-production, prompting Time Magazine to compare Kubrick’s early independence with the magnitude of Orson Welles.

An uncompromising antiwar film, this gut-wrenching drama depicts a World War I officer as he labors with an ultimately futile defense for three painfully sympathetic men tried for cowardice. Kubrick artistically utilizes a beautifully washed-out black and white photography to represent the muddied boundaries of right and wrong, and the many gray areas that lay between.

A fabulous and inspiring adventure, this visually stunning epic stars Kirk Douglas as the heroic slave who fights to lead his people to freedom from Roman rule. Although a clear departure from Kubrick’s oeuvre, “Spartacus” is an all time classic helmed by a man with a precise vision who is equally capable of crafting colossal spectacle, tense tête-à-têtes, and a tender moment between lovers.

This film is so stylish it’s easy to forget it’s a horror film at heart. Considered to be the thinking man’s thriller, Kubrick molds this very particularly “Stephan King” material into the portfolio of his films about human failure, as the hero’s desperate desire to become somebody ends in frustration and tragedy.

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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