In an amazing profile by The Hollywood Reporter, Oscar nominated directors discussed their favorite movies, their filmmaking styles and the lack of diversity in Hollywood.
The director of Room, Lenny Abrahamson discussed how the most stressful day of filming became his favorite. “It’s a complex scene and took a lot of concentration and work from the cast and crew, but I remember at one moment just standing back and relishing the sheer pleasure of working with actors of that caliber on a great scene.”
Abrahamson also touched on diversity saying that, “studios have most of the power and could exercise it in terms of which projects they finance and the talent they choose to support.”
Alejandro G. Inarritu also revealed his favorite day and the amount of excitement he felt while filming the Arikara attack scene. “The sense of joy we all felt after we accomplished such a complicated scene after so many years in my head and so much time of rehearsal and effort, was great. [Afterward,] we took a wonderful picture on the boat [from that scene].”
Inarritu also felt that by not casting non-white and disabled people we are missing the human experience. “So many great stories with so many talented people, … all this should conform and impregnate the universe of the film industry for the enrichment and benefit of the culture, the society, the entertainment and, yes, if they are smart, the box office.”
Tom McCarthy, the director of Spotlight, shared amazing directing advice. McCarthy pointed out his favorite movie was The Verdict and it impacted the way he films movies. “It was wonderfully acted and was compelling, in terms of plot, and incredibly emotional and personal, in terms of character. It was Sidney [Lumet] at the height of his power.”
Adam McKay, the director of the Oscar nominated movie, The Big Short, discussed diversity and how that has impacted his filmmaking career. “We started the company Gloria Sanchez to develop female writers and directors. We didn’t do it out of some sense of altruism. We did it because we felt it was an untapped source of talent. The same thing would apply to minorities and voices from all around the world. Film is the storytelling narrative for all people. I hope that I can support and nurture diverse voices any way possible. “
George Miller, the director of Mad Max: Fury Road, says the most exciting part of making the movie took place when the final stunt was filmed. “The day that we pulled off the final stunt where the war rig rolls over and blocks the canyon. In a movie full of the most difficult stunts, that one had the finest margin of error. We only had one war rig left that could do it. And the stunt driver hit the sweet spot.”