OSCARS 2015: Know Your Nominees: Best Director

2015 Best Director KYNIn the days leading up to the 87th Academy Awards, FilmBuffOnline will be offering profiles on all the nominees in the major categories. Some may be well know, others might be new to you, but if you need a refresher on these talented nominees, here it is.

Wes Anderson

Anderson KYNNominated for: Directing story of a legendary concierge in a legendary hotel in The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Other awards for directing this film:

2nd Place, Best Director, Central Ohio Film Critics Association Awards.

2nd Place, Best Director, Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards.

3rd Place, Best Director, Toronto Film Critics Association Awards.

Where you might know him from:

Anderson has made a name for himself for writing and directing  some of the quirkiest films of the last 20 years, including RushmoreThe Royal Tenenbaums and Moonrise Kingdom.

History with Oscar:

Wes Anderson is nominated this year in the Best Picture category (shared with Scott Rudin, Steven M, Rales and Jeremy Dawson.) and Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen category (which he shares with Hugo Guinness). In addition, he has three prior nominations.

2002: Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen (with Owen Wilson), The Royal Tenenbaums (Lost to Julian Fellow, Gosford Park).

2010: Best Animated Feature Film of the Year, The Fabulous Mr. Fox (Lost to Pete Doctor, Up).

2013: Best Writing, Original Screenplay (with Roman Coppola), Moonrise Kingdom (Lost to Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained)

Alejandro G. Iñárritu

Inarritu KYNNominated for: Directing the story of a once-popular actor fighting for a comeback in Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance).

Other awards for directing this film:

Won, Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film, Directors Guild of America Awards.

Won, Best Director, Boston Online Film Critics Association

Won, Best Director, Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards.

2nd Place, Best Director, Florida Film Critics Circle Awards.

2nd Place, Best Director, Iowa Film Critics Awards.

Won, Best Director, Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards.

Won, Director of the Year Award, Palm Springs International Film Festival.

Won, Best Director, St. Louis Film Critics Association, US.Won, Best Director, Utah Film Critics Association Awards.

Won, Best Director, Vancouver Film Critics Circle Awards.

Where you might know him from:

Iñárritu is perhaps best known for directing 21 Grams and Babel.

History with Oscar:

Iñárritu is nominated this year in the Best Picture category (shared with John Lesher and James W. Skotchdopole) and Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen category (which he shares with Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, and Armando Bo). In addition, he has two prior nominations.

2007: Best Achievement in Directing, Babel (Lost to Martin Scorsese, The Departed.)

2007: Best Motion Picture of the Year, Babel (Lost to The Departed.)

 

Richard Linklater

Linklater KYNNominated for: Directing the story of a boy’s journey through childhood in Boyhood.

Other awards for directing this film:

Won, Best Director-Motion Picture, The 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards.

Won, David Lean Award for  Direction, 2014 BAFTA Awards.

Won, Best Director, 2015 Critics’ Choice Awards.

Won, Best Director, Alliance of Women Film Journalists.

Won, Best Director, Austin Film Critics Association.

Won, Best Director, Berlin International Film Festival.

Won, Best Director, Boston Society of Film Critics Awards.

Won, Best Director, Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards.

Won, Best Director, Chicago Film Critics Association Awards.

2nd Place, Best Director, Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards.

Won, Best Director, Denver Film Critics Society.

Won, Best Director, Detroit Film Critic Society, US.

Won, Best Director, Dublin Film Critics Circle Awards.

Won, Best Director, Film Club’s The Lost Weekend.

Won, Best Director, Florida Film Critics Circle Awards.

Won, Best Director, Georgia Film Critics Association.

Won, Best Director, Houston Film Critics Society Awards.

Won, Best Director, Indiana Film Journalists Association, US.

Won, Best Director, Iowa Film Critics Awards.

Won, Best Director, Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards.

Won, Director of the Year, London Critics Circle Film Awards.

Won, Best Director, Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards.

Won, Best Director, National Society of Film Critics Awards.

Won, Best Director, New York Film Critics Circle Awards.

Won, Best Director, New York Film Critics, Online.

Won, Best Director, North Texas Film Critics Association, US.

Won, Best Director, Oklahoma Film Critics Circle Awards.

Won, Best Director, Online Film Critics Society Awards.

Won, Sonny Bono Visionary Award, Palm Springs International Film Festival.

Won, Best Director, Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards.

Won, Best Director, San Francisco Film Critics Circle Awards.

Won, Outstanding Director of the Year Award, Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

Won, Best Director, Seattle International Film Festival.

Won, Best Director, Toronto Film Critics Association Awards.

Won, Best Director, Village Voice Film Poll.

Won, Best Director, Washington DC Area Film Critics Association.

Where you might know him from:

Linklater also directed Dazed and Confused, School of Rock, and Before Sunrise.

History with Oscar:

Richard Linklater nominated this year in the Best Picture category (shared with Cathleen Sutherland) and Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen category. In addition, he has two prior nominations.

2005: Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay, Before Sunset (with Ethan Hawke, Julie Delphy and Kim Krizan) (Lost to Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor, Sideways)

2014: Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay, Before Midnight (with Ethan Hawke & Julie Delphy) (Lost to John Ridley, 12 Years a Slave)

Bennett Miller

Miller KYNNominated for: Directing the tragic true story of  the Team Foxcatcher wrestling team in Foxcatcher.

Other awards for directing this film:

Won, Best Director, Cannes Film Festival.

Won, Outstanding Director of the Year Award, Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

Where you might know him from:

Miller has become Hollywood’s go-to guy for true stories, having also directed Capote and Moneyball.

History with Oscar:

This is Bennett Miller’s second Oscar nomination.

2006: Best Achievement in Directing, Capote (Lost to Ang Lee, Brokeback Mountain).

 

Morten Tyldum

Tyldum KYNNominated for: Directing the true story of WWII code breaker Alan Turing in The Imitation Game.

Other awards for directing this film:

Won, Carpi Director Award, Capri, Hollywood.

Won, Best Director,Hawaii International Film Festival.

Won, Director of the Year Award, Hollywood Film Awards.

Won, Outstanding Director of the Year Award, Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

Where you might know him from:

Tyldum is a Norwegian director with an extensive resume in his home country but no much that got him international notice.

History with Oscar:

This is Morten Tyldum’s first Oscar nomination.

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