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Daniels (it is not “the Daniels,” it is simply plain “Daniels”) linked up at Emerson School within the 2000s and made their bones directing music movies for Lil’ John, Foster the Individuals, and The Shins. They’d a pure chemistry and a unified imaginative and prescient, which cohered brilliantly with their second characteristic “Every little thing In every single place All at As soon as.”

The identical couldn’t be mentioned for the primary duo to win finest director. Robert Smart and Jerome Robbins had been at loggerheads all through the filming of 1961’s “West Aspect Story.” Robbins, who’d directed the Broadway musical, was a filmmaking neophyte, and thus lacked the talents to ship the kind of grand cinematic spectacle producer Walter Mirisch –- who died final February and was honored throughout this yr’s “In Memoriam” phase of the Oscars –- sought to offer. Smart was an editor-turned-director with a rhythmic sense of reducing. He was the proper artist to make visible sense of Robbins’ revolutionary choreography. And when Robbins’ perfectionism knocked the movie a number of weeks over schedule, Smart took management of the manufacturing. Nonetheless, Mirisch knew they’d be nowhere with out Robbins’ imaginative and prescient, so he was given a co-director credit score alongside Smart.

Forty-six years later, Joel and Ethan Coen grew to become the second duo to win one of the best director Oscar with “No Nation for Previous Males,” and solely as a result of they’d lobbied for joint credit score on their 2004 disappointment, “The Ladykillers.” Earlier than that, Joel used to take director credit score, whereas Ethan went with the producer. Nevertheless, they had been at all times a tandem and happy the DGA guidelines, which stipulate that each administrators should talk the identical imaginative and prescient. I interviewed the Coens as soon as, and so they communicate — and principally giggle — with the identical voice.

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