Same movie best director and best picture?
One of the most controversial awards at the Academy awards are Best Picture and Best Director. On paper, they are arguably the same category but there is a lot of difference between them if you think about it. While the best director usual highlights some technicalities in the movie (directing, adapting, plot etc), Best Picture is often the title given out to movie of the year, often voted by critics and movie experts across the world.
In recent years the gap between these two categories has increased and in many cases the awards don’t overlap. The reason behind this lies in the fact that every year now we have at least two movies that are rated as the best and the Academy tries to compensate, by giving awards to only one of these movies. In 2012 for example, Ben Affleck was not even nominated for Best Director for his movie “Argo”, but comfortably won the Best Picture award.
The last time awards Best Picture and Best Director went to the same hands was in 2014, when Alejandro Inaritu took home both awards for his amazing movie “The Birdman”. However, a total of 89 films that were awarded Best Picture, 69 of them also won the award for Best Director. For the 2017, there are still no clear favorites to take the award, but several high profile directors are returning to direction this year and we think that next year’s award show will be pretty heated.
Daniel Day Lewis returns to act in Phil Anderson’s biopic about fashion legend Charles James, which has an Oscar bait all over it. Steven Spielberg has an eye out for an Oscar this season as well, with his movie “The Papers” starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks. Incredible. Christopher Nolan is not a favorite in the Academy circles, but his direction in Dunkirk was pretty amazing.
It is hard to assume that the awards will overlap since in the last seven ceremonies Best Picture and Best Director overlapped three times. Still, it might be wise to wait for the nominees before deciding to cast a bet here.
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