Spielberg Didn't Get It!

Every time Spielberg doesn’t get a directing nomination for a movie that got nominated, I feel obligated to pull out this old clip of him not getting nominated for Jaws. Others have pointed out that he’s probably not so much being whiny as deliberately hamming it up for the cameras, but it just seems like the way a man-child Spielberg character would act if Frederico Fellini beat him out for an Academy Award nomination.

The increased number of Best Picture nominees makes it harder to get one of the few entertaining things about the Best Director award (which often seems to draw a meaningless distinction between being the best director and making the best film): that fifth nominee whose film wasn’t nominated for Best Picture. All five of this year’s Best Director nominees are from nominated pictures.

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