May the Best Win

With the Academy all set to announce the 2013 predictions by January 10, it is time for EXEC to take a look at some of the best directors in the league.

2013 has been a year that has defined some of the best films of Hollywood. Starting from superheroes, ending with dragons, each blockbuster of the year has been a treat to our senses. With each of these directors outdoing themselves, the decision for the Oscar committee is not going to be easy.

1. Ben Affleck, Argo 

For every fan who had faith in Affleck, Argo has been a film that has been made to please. Based on a true story about an operation to rescue six fugitive American diplomatic personnel out of a war-ridden Iran, this movie proves Affleck’s abilities as a director who has matured over the years. What impresses more, is the fact that Affleck proves himself as an actor who has come a long way since his Daredevil days.

The historical accuracy, the incredible expression of the humane and characters that are unforgettable put Affleck on this list. Coupled with incredible attention to details and the immaculate recreation of a war-plagued zone, makes us realize that even without an Oscar, Affleck deserves the applause.

2. Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained 

Admit it, every Tarantino fan in India died a little bit the minute they realized that the movie will be released no earlier than Summer 2013. From the man who gave us Inglorious Basterds, Kill Bill and the epic Pulp Fiction; Django Unchained promises to thrill if no more.

The story of a slave-turned-bounty-hunter who sets off to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner, Django Unchained, without a doubt has sent the world in a mad frenzy. With expectations rising, there is very little that points to the failure of the film. And why do we include Tarantino in the list? Simply because it is incomplete without him.

3.  Steven Spielberg, Lincoln 

One of the biggest names in Hollywood, each movie directed by this man, has never been less than a work of art. One of the wealthiest filmmakers on earth, there is no man who can doubt his unsurpassed knowledge and talent about the industry.

Inspired by a part in on Doris Kearns Goodwin’s biography of Lincoln, Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, the historical drama focuses on Lincoln’s efforts to have the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution pass the United States House of Representatives. With the Civil War and the emancipation of the slaves reigning emotions of America then, it is only Spielberg who could dare to undertake such a challenge and deliver so effortlessly.

4. Katheryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty

After charming the world and sweeping the 82nd Academy Awards in 2010, Bigelow is back in the game exactly three years later with Zero Dark Thrity.

Chronicling the hunt for Al-Qaeda leader, Osama Bin Laden, the chase and the raid that finally led to his death, this movie promises the world a peek into a world that we have so carefully looked past for so long. Teaming up with Mark Boal (of the Hurt Locker fame) once again leads fans and critics all over the world realize the incredible potential of the film. An artist, a director and a woman of convictions, Bigelow deserves a spot in this list.

5. Peter Jackson, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 

There are some who love this man and then, there are some for tainting the great works of J R R Tolkien. But he deserves applause for each of the movies in the Lord of the Rings Triloge and he deserves applause to be able to agree to undertake a great journey along with Bilbo Baggins.

With controversies surrounding the film and more critics deciding upon its failure and not success have made people think twice about what the movie will actually turn out to be like. But by judging Jackson’s past performances, we know that he deserves to be in the game. For the sheer reason that he knows what magnificence truly is.

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