Smell of Popcorn

film reviews & musings by Max Lalanne

Malick Just Got Invited?

Posted by Max Lalanne on June 30, 2012

Here’s the list of the directors invited to join the Academy, released yesterday. (You can check out the full list with all the new members over at Awards Daily.)

Joseph Cedar – “Footnote” (“Hearat Shulayim”), “Beaufort”
Jean-Pierre Dardenne – “The Kid with a Bike” (“Le gamin au vélo”), “The Child” (“L’enfant”)
Luc Dardenne – “Lorna’s Silence” (“Le silence de Lorna”), “The Son”(“Le fils”)
Philippe Falardeau – “Monsieur Lazhar, It’s Not Me, I Swear!” (“C’est pas moi, je le jure!”)
Asghar Farhadi* – “A Separation” (“Jodaieye Nadar az Simin”), “About Elly” (“Darbareye Elly”)
Rodrigo Garcia – “Albert Nobbs,” “Mother and Child”
Michel Hazanavicius* – “Les infidèles” (“The Players”), “The Artist”
Kasi Lemmons – “Talk to Me,” “Eve’s Bayou”
Terrence Malick – “The Tree of Life,” “The Thin Red Line”
Michaël R. Roskam – “Bullhead” (“Rundskop”)
Wong Kar Wai – “My Blueberry Nights,” “In the Mood for Love”
*also invited to the Writers Branch

I passed over this yesterday with no problem, but now I’m taking a second look. Why wasn’t Terrence Malick invited before? If anything, when 1998’s “Thin Red Line” came out and nabbed seven Oscar nominations – inlcuding Best Director and Best Picture – shouldn’t that have been the time to do so? And while we’re at it, what’s up with Wong Kar Wai too? The ill-rated “My Blueberry Nights” came out in 2007, and the film that should have gotten him an instant invitation – oh no wait, 2000’s “In the Mood for Love” didn’t get a single nod at the Oscars. Nevermind. Wait, really?

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