Friday, February 3, 2017

Awards-Nazi Award Nominations: Director

Tomorrow the DGA will bestow its yearly honours for the year's best direction in television and film. Barring some kind of earth-shaking upset, we can expect to see Damien Chazelle and Garth Davis take home prizes for Best Director and Best First-Time Director respectively. Best Documentary Direction is a bit more up in the air, but I'm betting it'll be Ezra Edelman for O.J.

My own ballot for Best Director follows:

DAMIEN CHAZELLE for La La Land
His script is familiar, but he knows how to deliver it in a new old fashioned way. Starts with heightened burst-into-song fantasy, but shrewdly shifts to reality when the bloom comes off the rose.

AVA DUVERNAY for 13th
The way she frames and cuts between interviewees representing opposing political perspectives turns dry testimonial into vibrant debate. Sparingly uses graphics and animation to great effect.

BARRY JENKINS for Moonlight
Employs a quasi-dreamlike quality when needed through manipulation of sound and focus. That he wrangles such a unified performance from a trio of actors who never saw each other's footage is miraculous.

MIKE MILLS for 20th Century Women
The way he puts his movies together is mellifluous; Takes a snapshot of a time and place seemingly overlooked by history but decidedly marked by images, poetry and music that he carefully curates and embeds.

DENIS VILLENEUVE for Arrival
As always, his attention to tone is impeccable. Keeps our sense of suspense rapt with desaturated colours and ominous sound design. Finds visual motifs that enhance the story's innate circularity.

Other considerations:
Garth Davis for Lion
Pablo Larrain for Jackie
Kenneth Lonergan for Manchester by the Sea
Park Chan-wook for The Handmaiden
Martin Scorsese for Silence

1 comment:

  1. I'd replace Mills with Wook and DuVernay with Ford, but other then that I like your list. Also props for nominating docs for awards x)

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