So both here and in Best Cast there was some revisionism over the years, however, rather than try and readjust things I’ll just let things stand where they are at current.
The Best Director category is an interesting one because it is usually, in the mind of many, inextricably tied to the Best Picture winner. There is a certain logic to that, however, they are two rather different awards when you boil it down. In Best Picture you pick the story and the production. In Best Director you are picking a visionary and the architect of a production. There are times when the direction of a film will outshine its narrative or overall impact or a story that is wonderful but handled with a rather invisible hand that allows splits to occur.
2020 Sam Mendes 1917
2019 Jordan Peele Us
2018 Bo Burnham Eighth Grade
2017 Andy Muschietti It
2016 Gareth Edwards Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
2015 George Miller Mad Max: Fury Road
2006 Richard E. Grant Wah-Wah
2005 Ingmar Bergman Saraband
1998 Steven Spielberg Saving Private Ryan
1997 Neil Mandt Hijacking Hollywood