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EW's PrizeFighter checks out the Best Director race, which just got more interesting

If 2014 is the year of the auteur, with filmmakers driving their independent visions onto the screen without the ­benefit of megabudgets—I’m not talking to you, Christopher Nolan—the battle for Best Director will come down to who executed that vision most successfully. And it’s sure to be a hell of a race.

The locks, in my opinion, go to four directors with distinct, incisive points of view: ­Richard Linklater for his 12-year effort Boyhood, one of the year’s best-reviewed movies, which excels in transcending what could have been little more than a ­gimmick (it also nabbed prizes for director, picture and supporting actress from the New York Film Critics Monday); Alejandro G. Iñarritú, the brooding Mexican who lightened up (finally) this year with Birdman, a dark comedy that feels like a bright jazz riff; David Fincher, who turned the pitch-black best-seller Gone Girl into a $160 million juggernaut that mixes ­stylized pulp with impeccable craft; and Ava DuVernay, the rising filmmaker who is stunning audiences with her grand-but-intimate portrait of Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma. Adding oomph to her odds, she would be the first African-American woman—and only the fifth woman ever—to land a directing nod. READ FULL STORY

Oscars 2014: Alfonso Cuaron wins Best Director

Gravity‘s sweep of the 86th Annual Academy Awards continues: The Academy awarded Alfonso Cuarón a Best Director statuette, making him the first Mexican person ever to win this category. His win comes as the culmination of a long, arduous filmmaking process; Gravity was in development for several years. “For many of us involved in this film, it was definitely a transformative experience,” Cuarón said in his acceptance speech. “And that was good, because it if it was not it would have been a waste of time.”

Cuarón also thanked the “wise guys at Warner Bros” before amending himself — “the wise people at Warner Bros” — and concluded his speech with a few words in Spanish.

The big change in the Best Director category: Actually, it's not about snubs

The Academy Awards wouldn’t be a tenth as much fun if they held no surprises. After the endless and expert prognosticating of a thousand media odds-makers, there’s virtually no such thing as an Oscar night without at least one medium-size upset. And by the time the nominations themselves are read aloud on Tuesday — now Thursday — morning, they have inevitably coughed up their share of dark-horse nods, out-of-the-blue eyebrow-raisers, and “snubs.” This morning, however, even when the smoke had cleared, the dust had settled, and the surprises had been dutifully digested, one category looked so different from what everyone thought it was going to look like that a lot of people simply couldn’t wrap their heads around it. READ FULL STORY

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