We offered you a chance to vote outside of the box and you certainly did. The winner in MoviefiedNYC’s Best Director Oscar Poll is the non-Oscar nominated Ben Affleck for Argo, who received 53% of your votes. There was a three-way tie for second place with Steven Spielberg, Michael Haneke, and Ang Lee who each received 13%, followed by David O. Russel with 8%. Sadly, no one voted for Benh Zeitlin. Don’t worry Zeitlin fans; I’m sure he’ll be back in years to come.
It was refreshing to see a couple write–in votes for Leos Carax, director of the French film Holy Motors. One of our reader’s wrote, “Hands down the director that was left out is Leos Carax. His film Holy Motors leaves Amour behind in the dust—and, it is just as popular with the audiences. It’s still playing in New York and LA, after months since it [first] opened.”
Chances are that Spielberg will take home the director’s award on Oscar night and, while the Best Director and the Best Picture winners are usually linked, this year signs indicate differently: the love Affleck didn’t receive in the director category may be shown by awarding Argo Best Picture. It’s like having your cake and eating it too: Spielberg and Lincoln wins a trophy and Affleck and Argo wins a trophy.
Best Director Results
1) Special MoviefiedNYC Nomination, Argo – Ben Affleck 53%
2) Lincoln – Steven Spielberg, 13%
2) Amour – Michael Haneke, 13%
2) Life of Pi – Ang Lee, 13%
5) Silver Linings Playbook – David O. Russell 7%
6) Beasts of the Southern Wild – Benh Zeitlin 0%
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