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 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 Academy’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

Christopher Nolan, inception

Roman Polanski, The Ghost Writer

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.)