The winner of the 2011 Academy Award for Best Director is Tom Hooper for The King’s Speech. This was somewhat of an upset considering David Fincher was the frontrunner to win the award. In his speech he thanked Geoffrey Rush and Colin Firth. He also thanked his mother who brought The King’s Speech to his attention when she attended a play reading in London. He said the moral of the story is “Listen to your mother.”

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See who did he beat…

The nominees for Best Director were:

  • Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan
  • David O. Russell, The Fighter
  • Tom Hooper, The King’s Speech
  • David Fincher, The Social Network
  • Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, True Grit

Who was surprised by this? Seriously? David Fincher was the frontrunner in this category all year and Hooper just came in a stole the show and the award. We like Hooper and The King’s Speech but him winning this award is debatable. There was a lot of stationary camerawork in the film and we weren’t blown away by it. This was his first nomination and first win, whereas Fincher is a veteran nominee who has yet to win.

Do you agree with this year’s Best Director winner?