Director, 'Eastern Promises'

The Canadian helmer’s sensibilities may have been too outre for Oscar in the past (prior to “A History of Violence,” “The Fly” was his only film to win anything — for makeup), but it’s becoming high time the Acad reward a director whose singular vision has remained uncompromised for more than 20 years. Unabashed in his examination of the darker corners of human existence, Cronenberg brings his signature edge to human sex trafficking intrigue in “Eastern Promises.”

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