The 2016 Oscars is a month away, which has us thinking about who the elite, powerhouse directors of Hollywood currently are, nominated or not. Here is Steel Cut's top five Directors going into 2016:
5. Christopher Nolan
Born 1970, England UK. Over the last 15 years, Christopher Nolan has gone from making low-budget films like Memento, to blockbusters such as The Dark Knight, Inception, and Interstellar. His list of films is not a long one, but he writes most of his material either himself, or with his brother, Jonathan. While having two nominations from the Academy, neither are for directing. His next film, Dunkirk, stars Tom Hardy and releases 2017.
4. David Fincher
Born 1962, Denver, CO. Fincher's directing career began in the early 1990's with Alien3, and skyrocketed with the release of Se7en, a dark crime-thriller. He's earned two nominations from the Academy, but has never taken home an Oscar. His portfolio includes films like Gone Girl, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Fight Club, and The Social Network.
3. Quentin Tarantino
Born 1963, Knoxville, TN. Tarantino busted into Hollywood in 1992 with his original screenplay, Reservoir Dogs. Since '92, Tarantino has written and directed eight original films. He often explores the theme of revenge and packs intense violence and authentic dialogue in his stories; all of which feature a scene where three or more characters simultaneously point guns at each other for a "Mexican Standoff". Tarantino's latest work includes The Hateful Eight, Django: Unchained, and Inglourious Basterds, all nominated for one or more Oscars.
2. Martin Scorcese
Born 1942, New York City. Considered one of the best in the game, Scorcese is still working hard at the age of 73. His unique style of filmmaking frequently has long tracking-shots, important selection of slow motion shots, and extremely realistic violence. The Academy has nominated him 9 times, but he's only received one win for Best Director (The Departed). His historical drama, Silence, starring Liam Neeson releases this year.
1. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu.
Born 1963, Mexico City. Returning champ Inarritu is looking to win consecutive Oscars for both Best Picture and Best Director (Birdman, The Revenant). He often focuses on tragic events, and explores the theme of human connection. He's not a stranger at the Academy Awards, with films like 21 Grams, Babel, and Biutiful.
Honorable Mention: Ridley Scott
Born 1937, England, UK. Scott is arguably the best science-fiction director around. His work has spanned over 40 years, and he's still making incredible films today as he was in the 1970's. Scott is attached to Alien: Covenant as the Director and Producer, which is scheduled to release in 2017, which will put him at 80 years of age. With this year's The Martian, he holds four nominations for Best Director, but never taken home an Oscar.