Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain)
Steven Spielberg (Munich)
James Mangold – Walk the Line
My Overall Thoughts:
This was a pretty mediocre year for nominees and the fact that :Lee swept all the other Directing awards during the season, it was no surprise that he was the frontrunner.
5. Bennett Miller
4. Paul Haggis
3. George Clooney
2. Steven Spielberg
1. Ang Lee
4. Capote – Great performance by Hoffman carries this movie. Difficult subject matter that is based on true events.
3. Crash – Weak Oscar Best Picture winner, but still pretty good movie that is a complex look at society.
2. Good Night, and Good Luck – Straitharn is great here as Murrow. Nice choice to do it all in black and white and incorporate real footage of McCarthy. Subtle but powerful film about the media influence on the world even back in the 50’s.
1. Munich – Excellent adaptation of the book Vengeance. Powerful anti-war message by Spielberg. Perhaps the best movie of 2005 IMHO.
Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – I guess so. Quite a lackluster year at the Oscars and the choice to split between BP and BD helped Lee walk away with this one eventhough none of them can be seen as outstanding.
Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!