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20 Celebrated Filmmakers Who Never Won A Best Directing Oscar

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  • February 26, 2014 3:42 PM
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Filmmakers Who Never Won A Best Directing Oscar
For better or worse (which at this time of year, as the punditry reaches its hyperbolic event horizon, usually feels like worse) an Academy Award is the highest honor anyone in the film industry can receive. But of course, like any large organization—even one that wasn’t, as of 2012, reportedly 94% white, 77% male and 86% over the age of 50—the AMPAS gets things wrong (shocking, we know). Sometimes due to the politicking of insiders, sometimes because the wind shifts, and yes, sometimes because of plain old-fashioned bias, the membership votes to award the lesser film, or the lesser performance, or the lesser accomplishment, while the greater one stays seated after the envelope is opened—if they're there at all.

25 Films About Lovers On The Lam

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  • August 21, 2013 3:03 PM
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“We can make it. We can make it if we run,” whispers Ruth (Rooney Mara) in David Lowery’s “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints,” which, after a limited release on Friday, begins its expansion this week. It’s a film we loved at Sundance, and one that in its gentle subversion of the “Lovers on the Run” subgenre—as the prequel comic makes clear, the events of ‘Saints’ mostly take place after the bank robbin’, outlawin’ part of the story is done—reminded us of all the other great (and not so great) films that have pitted a pair of lovers against the law.

Great Poster For Janus Films' Re-Release Of Jean-Luc Godard's 'Weekend'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 21, 2011 5:22 AM
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With French New Wave legend Jean Luc-Godard spending the latter part of his career making interesting curiosities like "Film Socialisme" that are pretty much only appreciated by his small, but diehard fanbase, it's easy to forget that one point, his name alone would have lineups forming around the block at arthouses nationwide. And coming right at the end of his 1960s run that included what arguably his best and most influential films including "2 or 3 Things I Know About Her," "Masculin Féminin," "Pierrot le fou," "Band of Outsiders," "Contempt," "Vivre Sa Vie," "A Woman Is a Woman" and of course "Breathless" was none other than "Weekend."

Jean-Luc Godard Says His Next Film Will Have A Talking Dog & That Oscar Meant Nothing To Him

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 15, 2010 7:03 AM
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Also Has Some Stuff To Say About Blacks & Jews TooNow that the honorary Oscars have been given out and Jean-Luc Godard doesn't have to be Mister Public Relations nice guy about the whole thing (not that ever was or needed to be) the director has revealed what his next project might be, what he really thinks of his Oscar and yeah, he says some stuff about blacks and Jews that would make Mel Gibson blush.

Confirmed: Jean-Luc Godard Has Better Things To Do, Won't Attend Ceremony For Honorary Oscar

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 25, 2010 7:52 AM
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Not so much of a surprise. The Academy has officially confirmed that Jean-Luc Godard won't be attending the Governors Award to accept his honorary Oscar, capping off a particularly tragi-comic tale.

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