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David Poland

By David Poland poland@moviecitynews.com

Best Picture Chart

BEST PICTURE
Picture
Studio
Director
Stars
Comment
The Frontrunners (in alphabetical order)
Slumdog Millionaire
FxSch
Boyle
Patel
Pinto
G
Frost/Nixon
U
Howard
Langella
Sheen
G
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Par
Fincher
Pitt
G
Milk
Focus
Van Sant
Penn
Brolin
The Dark Knight
WB
Nolan
Ledger
Still Hunting
Doubt
Mir
Shanley
Streep
PS Hoffman
Davis
Wall-E
Dix
Stanton
Garlin
Globes Only
Revolutionary Road
ParV
Mendes
Winslet
DiCaprio
G
The Reader
TWC
Daldry
Winslet
Fiennes
G

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“Well, actually, of that whole group that I call the post-60s anti-authority auteurs, a lot of them came from television. Peckinpah’s the only one whose television work represents his feature work. I mean, like the only one. Mark Rydell can direct a really good episode of ‘Gunsmoke’ and Michael Ritchie can direct a really good episode of ‘The Big Valley,’ but they don’t necessarily look like The Candidate. But Peckinpah’s stuff, even the scripts he wrote that he didn’t even direct, have a Peckinpah feel – the way I think there’s a Corbucci West – suggest a Peckinpah West. That even in his random episodes that he wrote for ‘Gunsmoke’ – it’s right there.”
~ Quentin Tarantino

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~ Hideo Kojima