By Rob Williams
It was a decade of differences in that there are only nine entries due one of our chaps winning twice and America doesn’t quite have a stranglehold on producing great directors with only six of the nine being born in the USA. Also this decade has three of the six men best known as actors who went on to win the Best Director Oscar… Didn’t I say that about the 80s? Well, blow me down, it’s happened again.
Despite that the 90s were an eventful time for film. Dogme 95 became an important European artistic movement. The first full-length CGI movie, Pixar’s Toy Story, was released, revolutionising animated films. Titanic became the highest-grossing film of all time, grossing over $1.8 billion worldwide and would hold that record for over a decade until James Cameron had another hit with Avatar. Walt Disney had a renaissance when they returned to making traditionally animated musical family classics such as Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and The Lion King.
So, rather than the films that made the headlines and all the money, here are the ones that won the Best Director Oscar. Having said that, in this decade, four of our films are in the top 25 highest grossing films of the decade. Hope you enjoy the list and remember, this is just an opinion… play nicely!
9. James Cameron – Titanic – 1997
His original college career would lead you to think that this was a chap who’s future was in a science lab rather than an editing suite. Maybe influenced by his engineer father, he started out reading physics at California State University before switching to English, and eventually dropping out.
A series of part time jobs followed until he gave up true driving to enter the cinema industry where, again, he → continue…
From:: Taste Of Cinema