This week in Thursday Movie Picks – run by Wandering through the Shelves – we’ve been asked to list three to five directors who took home the Best Director Oscar. As usual, I’ve made my selection from films I have seen.
What does a director do?
MasterClass explains: “A director is a person who determines the creative vision of a feature film, television show, play, short film, or other production. They have complete artistic control of a project. In addition to having a strong grasp of technical knowledge taught in directing classes, they must also have a personal or emotional connection to the material.”
James Cameron for Titanic (1997) – Cameron’s epic was a box office smash that took home over 100 awards, including 11 Oscars, as well as being the first film to gross $1 billion. Blending both historical and fictionalized aspects of the famous sinking, Cameron npt only directed but wrote, co-produced and co-edited the film.
Peter Jackson for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) – I was overjoyed when Jackson took home Best Director. The trilogy will always have a special place in my heart as they kick-started my love of film. As a 13-year-old watching it for the first time I was blown away by the story, scenery, costumes and cast.
Danny Boyle for Slumdog Millionaire (2008) – The most successful British film of the decade, Slumdog Millionaire charts the rise of an Indian teenage from a Mumbai slum with Boyle capturing the colours, sights and sounds of Mumbai and her people.
Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity (2013) – Gravity is a completely immersive, thrilling experience that is a career highlight for Bullock. With Cuarón at the helm it’s one hell of a ride that keeps you on the edge of your seat.