Tonight is the night for the “official” Academy Awards, but before the red carpet comes alive, we have some business to finish. EPL Oscar business. So, please mute E! and allow us to present our award for Best Director.
The Nominees Are…
Adam McKay, The Big Short
“I’d give Adam McKay the prize for the risks he took in subject matter and narrative technique. Who knew a story about the financial meltdown would be so interesting, funny and aggravating? And having well-known personalities break down the 4th wall to explain financial concepts? Ballsy!” — Hilde Kaiser
George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road
“A bravura, berserk and inspired work of filmmaking. I’ve never seen anything like it and probably never will again. The vision, movements, rhythm, and design of the film are all inspired. It brings to life action comics in a way no movie ever has, something which Miller has said he aimed to do.” — Jarrett Dapier
Alejandro G. Inarritu, The Revenant
“The Revenant is big, very difficult to recreate, and captured the characters’ state of mind and the challenges they faced. Inarritu is the Best Director for pulling it off.” — Doug Plank
Lenny Abrahamson, Room
“Lenny Abrahamson kept Room from devolving into sentimentality; horror and angst resided in the mundane, which was brilliant.” — Lin Berryman
Tom McCarthy, Spotlight
“Of the nominated films, this story was the most engaging and well told. McCarthy made it an excellent film, well worth my time to go out of my way to see.” — Julianna Kahn
And the EPL Oscar goes to…
Alejandro G. Inarritu!
“The scenes in The Revenant were incredibly shot and created an intimate feeling even in vast landscapes. Inarritu used similar angles and techniques in Birdman. I cannot believe how realistic he was able to make these scenes.” — Carley Pernokas