Jospeh L. Mankiewicz: All About Eve (winner)
John Huston: The Asphalt Jungle
George Cukor: Born Yesterday
Billy Wilder: Sunset Boulevard
Carol Reed: The Third Man
Here’s a strong class of pictures and directors. I can’t off the top of my head suggest one that I think should be eliminated to make room for others, which will make the next part of this difficult. I might suggest Henry Koster for Harvey, but I’m not sure what Koster did is specifically worthy of a Best Director nod. Someone might well suggest Vincente Minnelli’s Father of the Bride, but I haven’t seen that yet. I will offer up Joseph H. Lewis for Gun Crazy, which is a film that deserves more love. I also like Winchester ‘73 from Anthony Mann, but I don’t think it’s more deserving than the five nominees in place. Some may suggest Jean Cocteau for Orphee, but that wouldn’t be me at all. You want a foreign film? Akira Kurosawa’s Rashomon. I’d nominate that.
Weeding through the Nominees