By David Poland email@example.com
I am regretting writing this as I write it… I have enormous respect and admiration for Tom Hooper. I like the guy. And unlike other directors in the race, he has been generous with his time and thoughts.
It also SUCKS to begrudge someone who has won an award their pleasure from that moment.
The inherent ambition of at least 3 of the other 4 nominees is simply on another level.
I have no problem when people vote for a movie they like or love, but this is directors voting for achievement in direction. Hooper did excellent work and is responsible for a movie people love. But the list of people who could deliver with that cast and script vs the singular visions of the other films…
My feeling this season has been that the guilds have become even more enslaved by the idea of being seen to influence Oscar by trying to match the Best Picture winner… more noms a product of timing than ever before…
Making the movie “they” most like is no mean feat. When I see Mr Hooper this week, I will pat him on the back and honestly say, Good on ya.”
But for Fincher and Aronofsky and Nolan and Russell, they have to feel a little brutalized, but should realize that it’s not about pushing for new levels, but a movie popularity contest amongst a narrow base of movie lovers.
And there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s just not The Answer most of the time. It’s A answer.