As the adage goes, directing is 90% casting, so it would follow that an equally high percentage of directors make it easier on themselves by casting the same actors again and again. This season, 100% of those re-collaborations have resulted in stellar work.
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"When you're shooting a film, you don't really have time to direct people very much, and you don't have time to rehearse very much, because you have such a tight schedule," says film historian David Thompson, whose new book, "Why Acting Matters," will be published this month. "So if you know these people inside out and if you've written for them, then it makes the shooting process a whole lot simpler."
Through 12 of those years, they worked on "Boyhood," an award season favorite and an Oscar nominee. Hawke was on board before Linklater wrote the screenplay. "He was invested in the whole project," says Linklater, adding that, while in Greece for the release of
Writer-director Ava DuVernay is another firm believer in going with who you know.
David Oyelowo also starred in "Middle of Nowhere," but she didn't bring him to "Selma." He brought her.
"Selma" had been in various stages of development since 2007. Oyelowo won the role of the Rev.
As a result, the film and DuVernay received Golden Globe nominations and the film went on to earn an Oscar nomination as well. But that isn't as important as the work. Promises Oyelowo, "I'm going to make sure this is only the beginning of our collaboration."