Academy Awards

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Rookies of the year

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Oscar-directing nominees in 2006 included two newbie narrative theatrical feature helmers in Bennett Miller, for "Capote," and Paul Haggis, for picture winner "Crash." This season's crop of first…

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David Frankel

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"The Devil Wears Prada" burst into the summer like a fall couture show: fresh, hot and original. And who better to lead the tale of a neophyte fighting through the deadly serious and catty world of…

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Anthony Minghella

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After surging to the top ranks of filmmakers with three lauded book adaptations in a row -- "The English Patient," which won him an Oscar, "The Talented Mr. Ripley" and "Cold Mountain" -- Anthony…

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Guillermo del Toro

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"Pan's Labyrinth" represents as fully realized and uncompromised a director's vision as audiences will see all year, boasting a parallel wonderland original enough to make Tim Burton or Terry Gilliam…

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Phillip Noyce

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Well-traveled Oz filmmaker Noyce, the man behind "Dead Calm," "The Quiet American" and "Rabbit-Proof Fence," turned his gaze on South Africa with his latest pic, "Catch a Fire."

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Gabriele Muccino

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For Italian helmer Muccino, working on San Francisco-set Will Smith starrer "Pursuit of Happyness" couldn't have been further from his culture. Still, he says, many things in the script resonated…

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Robert De Niro

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Less is more for De Niro. Sure, at just over 2½ hours, "The Good Shepherd" takes its time telling the inside story of the CIA's creation, but the film's helmer says he wasn't interested in making a…

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Clint Eastwood

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There might have been a time when folks regarded Clint Eastwood as merely the spaghetti Western/"Dirty Harry" star who dabbled in directing -- but to think of him now as anything but a director first…

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Pedro Almodovar

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The one-name auteur may seem like a relic of the glory days of world cinema -- Truffaut, Fellini, Kurosawa. But Almodovar -- or if you're on more intimate terms "Pedro" -- is one of the few…

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