Bennett Miller (Foxcatcher)
One of the most important jobs of a director is getting the best performances out of your actors, and Miller certainly does that in spades. Aside from that though, Miller gets the nod because of the mood he’s able to create in Foxcatcher. Everything is nerve-racking from the very first minute on screen. It’s one of the most tense films I can remember in a long time, and an effort from Miller that was very Darren Aronofsky-esque.
It’s interesting to note in my honorable mentions that I didn’t even include the director from my favorite film of the year, Damien Chazelle (Whiplash). I really pulled a Ben Affleck/Argo on this one. While Chazelle does an incredible job I just felt these films were more complex and harder to pull off, as well as having performances that were close to the level of Simmons and Teller.
- Darren Aronofsky (Noah)
- Richard Linklater (Boyhood)
- Christopher Nolan (Interstellar)
- Bryan Singer (X-Men: Days of Future Past)