Oscar Impact: Attenborough, Richard

For the Oscar-winning directors, the major reward of having the award is power rather than money. James Brooks noted after winning the Best Director for the 1983 “Terms of Endearment”: “The Oscar gives you the right to make whatever movie you want next.”

However, this freedom could be positive as well as negative. Richard Attenborough fell flat on his face with the musical version of the Broadway hit “A Chorus Line.” It was an unsuitable film for his talents and skills that Attenborough was only able to make on the strength of winning the Best Director Oscar for “Gandhi,” in 1982.