“All Right, Mr. DeMille, I am Ready for my Close Up” Award for Best Director

So the new Oscar rules have messed up this award. Pushing the Oscars back a couple of months have meant that the films that are usually the Oscar contenders and thus Best Director contenders can be released through February. Well, in February, that is 2021 for me. I won’t be able to see a bunch of them until 2021.

For example, there have been a lot of word of mouth about Chloe Zhao and her film Nomadland. Lee Isaac Chung’s Minari is another one that has not been released in this area yet. Regina King has been getting buzz over One Night in Miami. Still no….

Still, I had plenty of excellent choices from 2020, of movies that I actually saw. Top ten in fact

Previous Winners:  A.G. Inarritu (Birdman), Tim McCarthy (Spotlight), Damien Chazelle (La La Land), Patty Jenkins (Wonder Woman), Alfonso Cuarón (Roma), Anthony and Joe Russo (Avengers: Endgame)

#10. Pete Docter & Kemp Powers (Soul)

#9. Sofia Coppola (On the Rocks)

#8. Bridget Savage Cole & Danielle Krudy (Blow the Man Down)

#7. Remi Weeks (His Home)

#6. David Fincher (Mank)

#5. Emerald Fennell (Promising Young Woman)

#4. Leigh Whannell (The Invisible Man)

#3. Aaron Sorkin (Trial of the Chicago 7)

#2. George C. Wolfe (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom)

and the winner of the All Right, Mr. DeMille, I am Ready for my Close Up Director of the Year is…

#1. Spike Lee (Da 5 Bloods)

Spike Lee 'Da 5 Bloods' Interview | Complex

Spike Lee’s tremendous story of a group of Vietnam vets returning to Vietnam to go after a treasure they had buried is an amazing accomplishment. The performances were amazing (including a powerhouse performance from Chadwick Boseman) and Delroy Lindo is a leading Oscar candidate. The storytelling of the film is remarkable and Spike Lee deserves a lot of credit.

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