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Oscar Watch: Director/Picture Splits, Black Swan Promo

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood November 5, 2010 at 3:06AM

- What are the odds of a director winning an Oscar without their film? LAT's new Awards Tracker blog considers the importance of the best director and best picture unity. "Over the past 20 years, the awards for best picture and director split only four times. That's 80% overlap," notes Tom O'Neil, pointing out that being "overdue" is a big factor. Could this happen with Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan), Christopher Nolan (Inception) or and Peter Weir (The Way Back)?
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- What are the odds of a director winning an Oscar without their film? LAT's new Awards Tracker blog considers the importance of the best director and best picture unity. "Over the past 20 years, the awards for best picture and director split only four times. That's 80% overlap," notes Tom O'Neil, pointing out that being "overdue" is a big factor. Could this happen with Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan), Christopher Nolan (Inception) or and Peter Weir (The Way Back)?

As Award Tracker did not name their four examples, we looked back through the 20 years to 1990 and found five divides between best picture winner and best director: Driving Miss Daisy won best pic, Oliver Stone won best director for Born on the Fourth of July (1990); Shakespeare in Love won best pic, Steven Spielberg won for Saving Private Ryan (1999); Gladiator won best picture, Steven Soderbergh won for Traffic (2001); Chicago won best picture, Roman Polanski won for The Pianist (2003); Crash won picture, Ang Lee won for Brokeback Mountain (2006).

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- Fox Searchlight's clever promos for Black Swan include a handwritten envelope from main character Nina Sayers (Natalie Portman), filled with a white and a black feather (pictured). This impressed The Wrap's Steve Pond, who gives it "the prize for the oddest and most imaginative Oscar promotional mailing I’ve seen this season." Not cute, fancy, informative or desperate: it quietly intrigues.

This article is related to: Awards, Directors, Genres, Headliners, Hollywood, Stuck In Love, Daily Read, Media, Marketing, Oscars, Oliver Stone, David Fincher, Chris Nolan, Danny Boyle, Darren Aronofsky, Natalie Portman, Ben Affleck, Nicole Kidman, Annette Bening, Hilary Swank


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.