Hollywood 2010: Best Directors

he movie year, which ends today at midnight, was a very good one for films, both American and foreign. Though there were few brilliant films (The Social Network, Carlos, Mesrine), there were many many good ones, both features and non-fiction works.

Over the next week, we’ll run daily columns that single out the achievements in various categories, such as Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, etc.

For purposes of convenience, we will follow the Acadmey’s established categories.   The Oscar nominations will be announced on Tuesday, January 25, 2011

I consider myself an auteurist critic, who deems the director the most important creative force behind the cameras, and thus would like to begin this annual summation with the list of the most impressive filmmakers of the year

Best Directors: In alphabetical order
Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan
Olivier Assayas, Carlos (French)
Jacques Audiard, A Prophet (French)
Danny Boyle, 127 Hours
Derek Cianfrance, Blue Valentine
Joe and Ethan Coen, True Grit
Charles Ferguson, The Inside Job (docu)
      David Fincher, The Social Network
      Debra Granik, Winter’s Bone
Tom Hooper, The King’s Speech
Roman Polanski, The Ghost Writer
 D David O. Russell, The Fighter
Frederick Wiseman, Boxing Gym (docu)
Directors: Runners Up
Ben Affleck, The Town
Lisa Cholodenko. The Kids Are All Right
Sofia Coppola, Somewhere
Claire Denis, White Material (French)
Alejandro Gonzals Innaritu, Biutiful (Mexico)
David Michod, Animal Kingdom (Australia)
Mike Leigh, Another Year (U.K.)