2016 Oscars: Best Director

Continuing my series of 2016 Oscars posts, which will run every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for the three weeks leading up to the Academy Awards on Sunday, February 28.

NOMINEES FOR DIRECTING

Adam McKay, The Big Short
George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road
Alejandro González Iñárritu, The Revenant
Lenny Abrahamson, Room
Tom McCarthy, Spotlight

Who Will Win: Alejandro González Iñárritu, The Revenant
Who Could Win: George Miller, Max Max: Fury Road
Who Should Win: Adam McKay, The Big Short
Who Should Be Here: Ridley Scott, The Martian

If you had told me last year that I’d be advocating for the director of Anchorman to win an Oscar, I’d have called you crazy. But that’s exactly what I’m doing here. Out of those nominated, there’s little question that McKay should be the winner here. Take a subject that’s so complicated that even those who lives and ran it don’t understand it themselves, and you don’t often get a great film. But McKay delivered a kinetic, compelling, understandable and relatable film.

However, at press time, Alejandro González Iñárritu is poised to win his second consecutive Oscar for directing for the man vs. nature film, The Revenant. Iñárritu’s film delivered a terrific combination of cinematography and primal performances which allowed the viewer to feel as if they were really living with Glass throughout his terrible ordeal.

George Miller could also grab the statue in a minor upset. Though Max Max: Fury Road’s story didn’t fully resonate with me, there’s no denying Miller got the most out of everything he had available to him – cinematography, acting, production value and even editing. And that’s what a director’s job is, right – to make the most out of everything put in front of him?

I’d have like to seen Ridley Scott get a look here as well. The Martian had a great mix of acting and effects with a killer story to boot. It’s too bad that it’s taking kind of a back seat to other films because of its mass appeal status.