Jonathan Demme - Rachel Getting Married
Meanders through the film allowing the viewer to not even notice the film is being directed. You feel like a guest at the wedding. Amazing film making.
Mike Leigh - Happy-Go-Lucky
Never once tries to make you like Poppy. He knows how to stand back just far enough to allow his actors to shine.
Andrew Stanton - WALL-E
His vision is amazing. He is mainly in here for the brilliant, silent first third of the film.
Christopher Nolan - The Dark Knight
This was truly his vision and what a vision it was. The twisted darkness he brings into the film is something to behold.
Gus Van Sant – Milk
Simply for telling the story with such passion and elegance.
Bonus points for the casting.
Courtney Hunt - Frozen River
This small story would not have been made without her, and she creates a masterful film about the overlooked of society.