News / USA

Two Films, Directors Are Top Oscar Contenders

Two Films, Directors Are Top Oscar Contendersi
X
February 02, 2013 5:07 PM
Two iconic filmmakers, Steven Spielberg and Ang Lee, are competing for the most coveted Oscars this year: Best Director and Best Picture. Spielberg’s drama Lincoln has received 12 Oscar nominations, and Ang Lee’s Life of Pi is trailing with 11. It’s unclear who, among the five nominees for Best Director, will win but both Spielberg and Lee have left their mark on contemporary American cinema. VOA’s Penelope Poulou has more.
Penelope Poulou
Two iconic filmmakers, Steven Spielberg and Ang Lee, are competing for the most coveted Oscars this year: Best Director and Best Picture.  Spielberg’s drama Lincoln has received 12 Oscar nominations, and Ang Lee’s Life of Pi is trailing with 11. It’s unclear who, among the five nominees for Best Director, will win but both Spielberg and Lee have left their mark on contemporary American cinema.

With Lincoln, Steven Spielberg created not only an Oscar-worthy film but a new classic.

Spielberg has been a force in Hollywood for nearly four decades.

His first big success was Jaws, about the hunt for a killer shark off the coast of New York's Long Island.  It won three academy awards and established Spielberg as a master of suspense, a title he reclaimed with his science fiction film, Close encounters of the Third Kind.

A few years later, Spielberg returned with E.T. the Extraterrestrial, the poignant story of a boy who befriends an alien stranded on earth. It became the top grossing film of all time.

Other blockbusters, like the Indiana Jones trilogy, followed.
 
From the adventures, Spielberg turned to historical dramas. 

His crowning achievement was the 1993 Holocaust epic, Schindler’s List, based on the story of Oskar Schindler, who risked his life to save more than a thousand Jews from the gas chambers.

The film earned Spielberg his first Academy Awards - for Best Director and Best Picture. 

In Saving Private Ryan, Spielberg again focused on the Second World War and won another Academy Award for Best Director. 

Now, fifteen years later, with Lincoln, Spielberg is a continuing force in cinema, crafting history for millions of moviegoers.

Ang Lee’s Oscar-nominated film Life of Pi, about an Indian boy adrift with a Bengal tiger, is a visual masterpiece. Lee’s cinematography and special effects make the sea and the kinetic tiger supporting characters.

For Ang Lee, success came late in life. 

He won acclaim for his 1995 British period-piece, Sense and Sensibility.  

From then on, he became famous for his nuanced treatment of culturally diverse stories.

In 1997, he directed The Ice Storm about dysfunctional families in the affluent New York suburbs.

In 1999, his Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, about Chinese martial arts, won an Oscar for Best Foreign Language film. 

But Lee’s climactic moment came in 2005 with Brokeback Mountain, about the forbidden love between two gay cowboys in the American West. Lee’s tender and poignant story put gay romance into the American mainstream. The film was nominated for Best Picture but lost to another, many say because of its subject matter. Yet, Ang Lee received the Oscar for Best Director.

This year, with Life of Pi, Lee focuses on an Indian family and the universality of faith as a source of strength and courage.

Ang Lee and Steven Spielberg go toe-to-toe as master filmmakers of their generation.

You May Like

Turkey's Controversial Reform Bill Giving Investors Jitters

Homeland security reform bill will give police new powers in search, seizure, detention and arrests, while restricting the rights of suspects, their attorneys More

Audio Slideshow In Kenyan Prison, Good Grades Are Path to Freedom

Some inmates who get high marks could see their sentences commuted to non-custodial status More

'Rumble in the Jungle' Turns 40

'The Champ' knocked Foreman out to regain crown he had lost 7 years earlier when US government accused him of draft-dodging and boxing officials revoked his license More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Victorious Secularists Face Challenge to Form Government in Tunisiai
X
Henry Ridgwell
October 30, 2014 11:39 PM
Official results from Tunisia show the Islamist Ennahda party has failed to win the second free election since the so-called "Arab Spring" uprising in 2011. Ennahda, which handed power to a government of technocrats pending the elections, lost out to the secular party Nidaa Tounes. Henry Ridgwell reports from London that the relatively peaceful poll offers some hope in a volatile region.
Video

Video Victorious Secularists Face Challenge to Form Government in Tunisia

Official results from Tunisia show the Islamist Ennahda party has failed to win the second free election since the so-called "Arab Spring" uprising in 2011. Ennahda, which handed power to a government of technocrats pending the elections, lost out to the secular party Nidaa Tounes. Henry Ridgwell reports from London that the relatively peaceful poll offers some hope in a volatile region.
Video

Video Africa Tells its Story Through Fashion

In Africa, Fashion Week is a riot of colors, shapes, patterns and fabrics - against the backdrop of its ongoing struggle between nature and its fast-growing urban edge. How do these ideas translate into needle and thread? VOA’s Anita Powell visited this year’s Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Africa in Johannesburg to find out.
Video

Video Smugglers Offer Cheap Passage From Turkey to Syria

Smugglers in Turkey offer a relatively cheap passage across the border into Syria. Ankara has stepped up efforts to stem the flow of foreign fighters who want to join Islamic State militants fighting for control of the Syrian border city of Kobani. But porous borders and border guards who can be bribed make illegal border crossings quite easy. Zlatica Hoke has more.
Video

Video China Political Meeting Seeks to Improve Rule of Law

China’s communist leaders will host a top level political meeting this week, called the Fourth Plenum, and for the first time in the party’s history, rule of law will be a key item on the agenda. Analysts and Chinese media reports say the meetings could see the approval of long-awaited measures aimed at giving courts more independence and include steps to enhance an already aggressive and high-reaching anti-corruption drive. VOA’s Bill Ide has more from Beijing.
Video

Video After Decades of Pressure, Luxembourg Drops Bank Secrecy Rules

European Union finance ministers have reached a breakthrough agreement that will make it more difficult for tax cheats to hide their money. The new legislation, which had been blocked for years by countries with a reputation as tax havens, was approved last week after Luxembourg and Austria agreed to lift their vetoes. But as Mil Arcega reports, it doesn’t mean tax cheats have run out of places to keep their money hidden.
Video

Video Kobani Refugees Welcome, Turkey Criticizes, US Airdrop

Residents of Kobani in northern Syria have welcomed the airdrop of weapons, ammunition and medicine to Kurdish militia who are resisting the seizure of their city by Islamic State militants. The Turkish government, however, has criticized the operation. VOA’s Scott Bobb reports from southeastern Turkey, across the border from Kobani.

All About America

AppleAndroid