Monday, December 12, 2016

Golden Globe Nominees: Best Director – Motion Picture

My predictions: 3/5, picking Washington and Scorsese over Ford and Gibson
Who’s missing? Denzel Washington (Fences), Martin Scorsese (Silence), Jeff Nichols (Loving)

When this category was announced, I called Mel Gibson (Hacksaw Ridge) being included, and I really am intrigued to see the film now since it hadn’t been at the top of my list. It’s rare that a film not nominated for either Best Motion Picture prize makes the cut, and I’d be happy if it was anyone other than Tom Ford (Nocturnal Animals), since I loved his first film, “A Single Man,” and really didn’t like this movie, which I’ll review next week. Scorsese couldn’t make the cut for a film that got snubbed, and Washington only got in for acting. The other three films are the undisputed frontrunners, Damien Chazelle (La La Land), Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea), and Barry Jenkins (Moonlight).

Who will win? I think it might actually be Gibson, but Chazelle is probably a safer choice.

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