OSCARS 2014: A Look at the Directing Nominees

Photo: Paramount Pictures

Photo: Paramount Pictures

(This is Part 4 of a five-part series looking at the Oscar nominees in the eight major categories. Click here for Part 1Part 2, or Part 3.)

Chris Luckett

People sometimes confuse directors and producers or are unsure of which the important one is. Producers add input and help raise money, but the person running the whole show — telling the actors how to act, choosing how to interpret the script, deciding what the final product will be — is the director.

Usually, because of how pivotal directors are to their final products, the people who win the Oscar for Best Director also have their respective films chosen for Best Picture – last year’s victory for Argo despite Ben Affleck’s snub for Best Director being a rare exception. As such, if you want to know who’s on track to win Best Picture, keep your eyes focused on the five nominees in the race for Best Director.

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REVIEW: The Wolf of Wall Street

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Photo: Paramount Pictures

A year before The Wolf of Wall Street came out, Leonardo DiCaprio gave one of his best performances in Django Unchained, a three-hour movie that rarely took a wrong step for the first two-and-a-half hours, but went on for 30 minutes too long. The Wolf of Wall Street suffers from the same affliction.

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