TMP: Oscars Winners Edition: Best Director

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Welcome to another entry for Thursday Movie Picks.
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This is another post in the Oscar Winners Edition of TMP. Today we tackle my favorite Best Director win!

#1 Bong Joon-ho for Parasite

This movie is brilliant. I know I’ve talked about it before. At length. Seeing Bong Joon Ho win made me really happy, he really deserved it!

#2 Peter Jackson for Lord of the Rings: Return of the King

There are not many movies that are completely timeless and just never get old. The LOTR series is one of them. It is just as stunning as it was back in the day when it first came out. I can’t believe that Peter Jackson only one and Oscar once when he deserved one for every single movie.

#3 Steven Spielberg for Saving Private Ryan

Steven Spielberg has been nominated as Best Director countless times, but according to Wikipedia he only one twice. Once for Schindler’s List and once for Saving Private Ryan. Both those movies are amazing but I think I like Saving Private Ryan just a tiny bit more!

Who’s your favorite Best Director winner? Let me know in the comments!

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15 thoughts on “TMP: Oscars Winners Edition: Best Director

  1. I have yet to see Parasite! What is wrong with me?? But I love your picks for Peter Jackson (he’s on my list too) and Steven Spielberg. I’m still salty that SPR didn’t win Best Picture.

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  2. Saving Pvt. Ryan is such an emotional rollercoaster of a film that grabs you right at the start and never lets go. I was delighted when Spielberg won for direction and beyond pissed off when the film lost Best Picture.

    Sorry I D-E-T-E-S-T all the LOTR films. I’ve had root canals that were less painful.

    Parasite along with this year’s winner are the only two Best Picture winners I’ve yet to see but I’m definitely planning on seeing both.

    I went further back as usual but I loved the direction of all three of these.

    The Awful Truth (1937)-Leo McCarey-A nearly divorced couple (Cary Grant & Irene Dunne) sense that they are making a mistake. Rather than saying it out loud they resort to outlandish pranks to ruin the new relationships the other partner has started. While it’s true McCarey has three of the best comic performers of the day (Grant, Dunne and Ralph Bellamy) at his disposal his deftness and surety of pace and camera angle capture them at peak performance.

    Casablanca (1942)-Michael Curtiz-Of all the gin joints in all the world Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) walks into cynical ex-lover Rick’s (Humphrey Bogart) with freedom fighting husband Victor (Paul Henreid) while Sam (Dooley Wilson) plays “As Time Goes By” until gendarme Louis (Claude Rains) rounds up the usual suspects. Never has a sturdy directorial hand’s great influence been better illustrated. The filming was famously fraught with complications (the cast went through multiple changes before shooting started, the script wasn’t finished almost up to the final day of filming, writers came and went, two endings were filmed etc.) but that master of all genres Curtiz guided it along seamlessly never letting the havoc show onscreen.

    A Letter to Three Wives (1949)-Joseph L. Mankiewicz-Three well-heeled ladies (Linda Darnell, Ann Sothern and Jeanne Crain) are about to take a boatload of children on a picnic to an isolated island when a letter arrives from their frenemy Addie Ross stating she has run off with one of their husbands…. without naming who. The women spend the day reflecting on whether it might be their man who has taken a powder. Mankiewicz directs his own screenplay with a just the right balance of humor and pathos eliciting superior performances from the cast.

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  3. You’ve got a great mixed bag there. Parasite was absolutely brilliant and I adore the LOTR trilogy. I’ve seen Saving Private Ryan but – and I think I’m not the only one who feels this way – I can’t remember much about it and confuse elements of Band of Brothers with it!

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  4. I totally would’ve picked Joon-Ho and P Jackson if I didn’t go w/ classic films. I’m too chickened to watch Saving Private Ryan as it’s too gory, but I have no doubt it was an incredible film.

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  5. I liked Parasite until the last 20 min. When they went slasher horror movie. To me, it made no sense. I love LOTR and am glad Jackson won and Saving Ryan’s Privates is a good film but a bit American preachy to me especially the ending. I also didn’t like what was said about Canadian troops by Ted Danson. Character

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