Oscar 2001: Omissions–Best Director

The year of 2001 also saw the failure of two directors to receive a nomination for their Best Picture nominees. In the Bedroom secured five nominations (three of which for its actors), but left its novice helmer, Todd Field, in the cold.

Similarly, and rather inexplicably, Moulin Rouge received multiple nominations except for Baz Luhrmann, its visionary director who's responsible for every frame of his postmodern musical. In lieu of Field and Luhrmann, the Directors branch cited Ridley Scott (for the war film Black Hawk Down) and David Lynch for Mulholland Drive, his noirish Hollywood fable-nightmare.