Best Director – 1975

Official Nominations: Milos Forman. Federico Fellini. Stanley Kubrick. Sydney Lumet. Robert Altman.

If you needed any further proof that 1975 was one of the greatest years of Cinema, look at those five directors and their nominated films. Add to that the fact that a number of equal or even more significant films/directors weren’t nominated. We can drop Fellini immediately given that Amarcord was made 2 years earlier and had already won the Best Foreign Picture award. That leaves four nominees each deserving of the win and I’d be happy with any of them picking up the win. Altman picked up his second nomination for the hugely successful Nashville, while Lumet and his films had been getting nods since the late 50s – for me Dog Day Afternoon is his best film,  but not necessarily his best work as a director. Kubrick of course never picked up an official Directing win, but his work on Barry Lyndon is as worthy of an award as any other film here, while Forman attained mainstream acclaim with One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, bringing Kesey’s novel to the screen with heart, style, sadness, and joy. Take your pick.

My Winner: Milos Forman

My Nominations: Milos Forman. Stanley Kubrick. Sydney Lumet. Robert Altman. Steven Spielberg. Ken Russell. Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones

The main four nominees make my list, joining the central omission of the year – Senor Spielbergo and his painstaking work on Jaws. Russell gets a nomination for having the balls to work on and release two films as madcap as Tommy and Lisztomania in the same year while Gilliam and Jones get a nod for having the balls to create The Holy Grain. 

My Winner: Steven Spielberg

Let us know your pick in the comments!

2 thoughts on “Best Director – 1975

  1. John Charet April 4, 2019 / 4:59 am

    Great post 🙂 If it weren’t for Robert Altman’s Nashville, I would pick either Stanley Kubrick for Barry Lyndon, Ken Russell for Tommy (I also love Lisztomania) or Steven Spielberg for Jaws. I also loved Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Sidney Lumet’s Dog Day Afternoon. So in the end, I would choose Robert Altman as Best Director for Nashville. Anyway, keep up the great work as always 🙂

    • carlosnightman April 4, 2019 / 2:03 pm

      One of the best years for Cinema, too many greats to choose from!

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