Drama – Directing and Writing


This was a strong year filled with amazing films.  The directing and writing were certainly difficult to narrow down, but I’ve done it.  Below are the directors and writers I loved this year.

My nominees are:

Best Director, Drama


dir. Todd Haynes

 45 Years

dir. Andrew Haigh

Mad Max: Fury Road

dir. George Miller

 Son of Saul

dir. Laszlo Nemes


dir. Tom McCarthy

Ryan Coogler


Christian Petzold


Bill Pohlad

(Love & Mercy)


Best Original Screenplay, Drama

 Bridge of Spies

writers. Matt Charman,

Ethan Coen,

Joel Coen

Ex Machina

writer. Alex Garland 

Queen of Earth

writer. Alex Ross Perry


writers. Tom McCarthy,

Josh Singer

 Straight Outta Compton

witers. Andrea Berloff,

Jonathan Herman,

S. Leigh Savidge,

Alan Wenkus

Ryan Coogler, Aaron Covington


Taylor Sheridan


Olivier Assayas

(Clouds of Sils Maria)


Best Adapted Screenplay, Drama


dir. Nick Hornby


dir. Phyllis Nagy

45 Years

dir. Andrew Haigh


dir. Christian Petzold, Harun Farocki

 Steve Jobs

dir. Aaron Sorkin

Xavier Dolan, Michel Marc Bouchard

(Tom at the Farm)

David Nicholls

(Far from the Madding Crowd)

Emma Donoghue



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