Oscar nominations: Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese top list for best director


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Veteran filmmakers Woody Allen (‘Midnight in Paris’) and Martin Scorsese (‘Hugo’) will compete for the best director Oscar at the 84th Academy Awards, it was announced Tuesday morning. Also nominated for the director prize were Michel Hazanavicius for ‘The Artist,’ Terrence Malick for ‘The Tree of Life’ and Alexander Payne for ‘The Descendants.’
For his romantic roundelay set in the City of Light, the 76-year-old Allen picked up his seventh Academy Award nomination in the director category; Allen also was nominated for his original screenplay.

He won the director prize 34 years ago for “Annie Hall,” the best picture winner that also netted Allen and Marshall Brickman the original screenplay Oscar.



Allen already has won the Golden Globe and the Critics’ Choice Movie Award for his “Midnight” screenplay, and he is nominated for WGA and BAFTA Awards in the screenplay category. He is also nominated for a DGA award for his direction of the film. He was honored with the DGA Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996.

Scorsese, one of the most influential directors of the last 40 years, also collected his seventh nomination for his direction of the Paris-set valentine to cinema. Scorsese, 69, earned his first director Oscar nomination for 1980’s “Raging Bull” and won the award five years ago for gangster film “The Departed.” Scorsese won the Golden Globe, the Boston Society of Film Critics and the National Board of Review honors for directing “Hugo.” He is also nominated for a DGA Award and the BAFTA. Scorsese also earned a nomination Tuesday as one of the producers on the film, which is nominated for best picture.

For his black-and-white silent movie, 44-year-old French filmmaker Hazanavicius earned a director nomination, and also was nominated for his original screenplay. (The last director to receive a director Oscar for a silent film was Frank Lloyd for “The Divine Lady” at the 1928-29 ceremony.) Hazanavicius already has won a number of awards for the charming tribute to the early days of the talkies — including the Critics’ Choice Movie Award and the New York Film Critics honor. He is nominated for DGA and BAFTA Awards, and will compete at the Independent Spirit Awards in the director and screenplay categories.

Payne, though, also could pull through with a victory in the category. The 50-year-old writer-director earned his second director Oscar nomination for ‘The Descendants,’ a family drama set in Hawaii. He was previously nominated in this category for 2004’s “Sideways,” for which he won the Oscar for adapted screenplay. He also was nominated Tuesday as a producer on the film, which was nominated for best picture prize, and for the film’s adapted screenplay penned with Nat Faxon and Jim Rash. Payne also is nominated for DGA and WGA awards. “The Descendants” won the Golden Globe for best motion picture drama.

For his existential drama about a Texas family, the iconclastic Malick, 68, earned his second director Oscar nod. He also was nominated for his original screenplay. Malick previously was nominated in the director category for 1998’s “The Thin Red Line,” for which he also earned an adapted screenplay nomination. Malick won the Palme d’Or last year at the Cannes Film Festival for “The Tree of Life” and has won several critics’ honors for his direction of the film, including honors from the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn., the National Society of Film Critics and the Toronto Film Critics Assn.


The following clip is from the recent Envelope Directors Roundtable. Here, filmmakers Alexander Payne (‘The Descendants’), Michel Hazanavicius (‘The Artist’), George Clooney (‘The Ides of March’), Stephen Daldry (‘Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close’) and Martin Scorsese (‘Hugo’) talked about how nerve-racking it can be to start a new film, and how they deal with it.


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