107562674 Oscars 2011: My Pick For Best Director

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I’m usually better at noticing the direction of a film when it’s poor than when it’s stellar. I can easily get lost in a good film. [pullquote quote=” I hadn’t really put much stock in the movie ahead of time”] It’s only when I start to lose interest, or the film starts to derail, do I notice the popcorn cruncher next to me, or the persistent cougher behind me.

It seems weird when the director of the Best Picture winner doesn’t automatically win their category too, but this year that’s how I’m voting.

Prior to last Friday, the last movie I saw alone in a theater was Beverly Hills Cop. But I was SO close this year to seeing all the nominated films in the top categories that I completed the set by seeing a matinee of True Grit. I hadn’t really put much stock in the movie ahead of time, because I’m not a fan of westerns, and I’ve seen Jeff Bridges play the gruff, burned-out, haven’t-showered-in-awhile character plenty of times.

True Grit won’t make my Best Picture short list, however, I’m giving my props to the Coen Brothers for pulling out a film-stealing performance by Best Supporting Actress nominee Hailee Steinfeld. It sounds like I’m not giving young Hailee the credit she deserves, but that’s truly not the case. She’s amazingly talented. It just seemed to me that the Coen Brothers put an acting autotune on her like a record producer would do with a vocalist. By the time we hear the song, or in this case see the performance, it’s been made pitch-perfect. Steinfeld’s portrayal as Mattie in True Grit was so good that it most certainly had to be a team effort.

My pick for Best Director(s)-Joel and Ethan Coen.

Who do you think should win?

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