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  • Welcome to Beyond The Trailer’s coverage of the 2016 Academy Awards, giving you an

  • in-depth look at the top categories. Today, Best Director, where despite surprisingly

  • strong contenders across the board, Alejandro Inarritu seems poised to join that rare club

  • of individuals who have won back to back Oscars. Do you think Alejandro is as done a deal as

  • Leo?! Be sure to vote in Beyond The Trailer’s annual Oscar poll! The link is in the video

  • description. And right now let’s take a look at who could possibly upset an Alejandro

  • win

  • Lenny Abrahamson - Room One of the nicest things about the Best Director

  • category this year is that it isn’t full of theusual choices”. Sure it would

  • be nice if Room’s Lenny Abrahamson would get nominated, but he doesn’t have the pedigree.

  • He doesn’t have the connections. He isn’t the sort of director to getnominated”.

  • Except this year, he did! Yes, instead of Sir Ridley Scott and Todd Haynes, and even

  • over a diversity nomination for Ryan Coogler, here’s Irish director Abrahamson who’s

  • few films to date have NEVER been recognized by The Academy, The Golden Globes, BAFTA or

  • even the indie Gotham or Spirit Awards. As for mainstream moviegoers, Abrahamson has

  • barely registered with Frank, sort of starring Michael Fassbender, and putting Jack Reynor

  • on Hollywood’s radar. Ah, so THAT’S why Reynor gets work! Because up until now it’s

  • been a bit of a mystery. But at the end of the day there’s no mystery as to why Abrahamson

  • made the cut this year - The Academy just loves Room that much. So while Brie Larson

  • is almost guaranteed to win Best Actress, such adoration could lead to another upset

  • - maybe even here. And even if Abrahamson doesn’t win, you can bet he’s squarely

  • on Hollywood’s radar now as well - reunited with Jack Reynor!

  • Alejandro Inarritu - The Revenant Wow. The last two years have been a meteoric

  • rise for Mexico’s Inarritu. He broke into Hollywood as a typical foreign director - the

  • type actors go to for artistic credibility in-between blockbusters, making films lauded

  • by critics but seen by few. And on that note, Inarritu has made many trips to the Oscars,

  • but always asfiller”, in other words, his films had no chance of winning any major

  • awards but occasionally took home a craft award or two. But then Birdman came along,

  • where Inarritu suddenly seemed to click as not just an artist but a businessman. First

  • off, Birdman tapped into Hollywood’s growing frustration with the rise of the superhero

  • movie - all the fall awards releases tanked at the box office, but Deadpool breaks box

  • office records?! Then second, Inarritu discovered the power ofstuntfilmmaking. Done

  • all in what seemed like one long take, Birdman went on to win Best Picture, Best Director,

  • Best Screenplay and Best Cinematography. Then with The Revenant, while his instance of shooting

  • with only natural light and real snow caused the production to become a costly nightmare,

  • Inarritu spun those choices as an artist holding his ground - a narrative that’s worked!

  • Inarritu has won Best Director at the Golden Globes, the BAFTAs, and The Director’s Guild

  • of America - he didn’t even sweep like that for Birdman! See, just like George Miller

  • this year, Richard Linklater made the mistake of not playing up his ownstuntfilmmaking

  • The squeaky wheel gets the Oscar!

  • Tom McCarthy - Spotlight Now, you might THINK that Tom McCarthy is

  • another surprise nominee, but he actually has excellent awards street-cred. The Station

  • Agent, The Visitor, Win Win, The Cobbler - oh, wait a minute, how’d that last one get in

  • there…? See luckily for McCarthy, Spotlight was such a labor of love - which he also co-wrote

  • - that The Academy was willing to overlook one paycheck gig that THANKFULLY nobody saw.

  • McCarthy is also a TV and sometimes movie actor, but Academy voters do love a multi-hyphenate

  • - just ask the current king of multi-hyphenates, George Clooney. And the great thing about

  • being a multi-hyphenate is that it increases your chances of getting an Oscar. See, while

  • there’s pretty much no chance hell win Best Director, and won’t get an Oscar for

  • Best Picture since he isn’t a producer on Spotlight, McCarthy IS the front-runner for

  • Best Original Screenplay, having already won the BAFTA and the WGA Award

  • Adam McKay - The Big Short This is a the other surprise nominee - Will Ferrell’s

  • creative partner since way back in the day on SNL! Yes, the director of Farrell’s biggest

  • hits is now an Oscar nominee, which might mean he and Ferrell havegrown apart? It’s

  • tough to say as McKay doesn’t have his next directing gig set up yet, the big dreamer

  • and his management team obviously holding out hope for an Inarritu upset. Now that’s

  • funny! Then again, McKay could find himself laughing all the way up to the Oscar stage.

  • The Big Short isn’t a frontrunner in any of the major categories, with only a slim

  • chance it could take Best Picture - both Spotlight and The Revenant have stronger claims to the

  • title right now. So the ever democratic Academy could feel Leo’s Best Actor win takes care

  • of The Revenant, and look to give some gold to The Big Short right here. But even if McKay

  • doesn’t win, which again he likely won’t, to be an Oscar-nominated director is going

  • to take his career to a whole new level. It would be nice if he could take Ferrell with

  • him, but just remember what happened when Nic Pizzolatto cast pal Vince Vaughn in True

  • Detective Season 2. I suspect Paul Rudd’s cell will ring before Ferrell’s…

  • George Miller - Mad Max Fury Road To fanboys, Christopher Nolan and Miller are

  • cut from the same cloth - but not to the Academy. Nolan almost immediately graduated to blockbuster

  • status after Memento, robbing him of some of the artistic street-cred that’s so important

  • to The Academy - thus the likely reasoning behind his decision to direct a World War

  • 2 pic as his next project ala Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List, which finally got him

  • some respect in Hollywood as an artist. But Miller’s eclectic resume, seemingly devoid

  • of concern for box office success despite astounding box office success, Academy voters

  • were enchanted by Miller’s Lorenzo’s Oil, Babe and Happy Feet - the later for which

  • he actually won Best Animated Feature in 2007. So Academy voters, contemporaries of Miller,

  • are likely impressed not just with Miller’s experimentation but also his ability to reinvent

  • himself - keeping his career alive. But thriving? As fanboys have moved their allegiance to

  • Star Wars and now Deadpool, and even The Revenant thanks to Leo, Miller’s Mad Max Fury Road

  • suddenly seems forgotten. And suddenly instead of excitedly talking about about planned sequels

  • like he was right after Mad Max Fury Road’s release, suddenly he’s saying he’s too

  • tired to revisit the material right now. Yes, fanboys and the industry casting his work

  • aside seems to have broken Miller and while a win here or for Best Picture could maybe

  • make him rise like the phoenix, neither is likely happen

  • And those are the 2016 nominees for Best Director! Be sure to leave your comments down below,

  • as well as vote in Beyond The Trailer’s annual Oscar poll via the link in the video

  • description. I’m Grace Randolph, and I hope youll check out the rest of BTT’s Oscar

  • coverage - right now!

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