Countdown to the Oscars: Best Picture & Best Director

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TIME ran an article by Daniel D’Addario before last year’s Academy Awards that is worth the time of anyone who’s ever wondered why the nominees for Best Director and Best Picture don’t always correspond. The basic answer is that Best Picture contenders are nominated by the entire body of Academy voters, while Best Director nominees are decided by their fellow directors.

I’ve often heard people explain that the Oscar for Best Picture is a “producers award,” Yet, producers aren’t the only ones who nominate films for Best Picture—much less should they be recognized as primarily responsible for the execution of an artistic vision. Film is a director’s medium. While producers are arguably the party most responsible for extending the list of nominees in recent years, their role is primarily to secure financing and organize the logistics of a production. Creative choices and decisions are made by directors, and their…

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