84th Academy Awards: BEST DIRECTOR WINNER

Until Next Year… 2013
That was FUN!
UPDATED February 27th 2012.
The results are in and of course I was right!
Congratulations: Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist – WINNER!

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OLD notes below: (Tuesday January 24th 2012)

NOTE: Approximately two months ago I made My 84th Academy Awards ® Predictions:
I’m considered an expert (humbly written*), with cinematic proficiency.
- In past years I’ve been known to have considerably accurate prediction skills.
(…Using a precise combination of knowledge of past winners,
Instinct & referencing the academy voting structure. I listed my predictions).
- We found out on Tuesday January 24th the actual nominations!
- On SUNDAY February 26th 2012 we will find out if 'My Winners' take home Oscar ®!

BELOW is a Comparison of “My Predictions VS. The Academy” –

ACTUAL: 84th Academy Nominations – Best Director:
• Martin Scorsese, Hugo
• Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
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• Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist – Neathen Alero’s WINNER!
• Alexander Payne, The Descendants
• Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life


MY Predictions – Best Director:
¹ Wrong – Steven Spielberg, War Horse
¹ Wrong – Stephen Daldry, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
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• Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist – Neathen Alero’s WINNER!
• Alexander Payne, The Descendants
• Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life

Note¹ – This is the first time in FOUR years I was wrong
with predicting the ‘Best Director’ category. Sorry!
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Michel Hazanavicius
Director, The Artist
Michel Hazanavicius was born and raised in Paris, France. His grandparents were originally from Lithuania, but relocated to France in the 1920s. Hazanavicius attended art school, and moved on to work as a director for commercials and television projects. In 1999, he wrote and directed his first feature film Mes amis...
“ The Artist – BEST DIRECTOR WINNER ” - Neathen Alero
Alexander Payne
Producer, The Descendants
Director, producer and screenwriter Alexander Payne was born in Omaha, Nebraska. His parents, Peggy (Constantine) and George Payne, ran a Greek restaurant. His father is of Greek and German ancestry, and his mother is of Greek descent; the family name was originally Papadopoulos. He has two older brothers...
“ The Descendants ” - Neathen Alero
Terrence Malick
Terrence Malick was born in Ottawa, Illinois. His family subsequently lived in Oklahoma and he went to school in Austin, Texas. He did his undergraduate work at Harvard, graduating summa cum laude with a degree in philosophy in 1965. A member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society, he attended Magdalen College...
“ The Tree of Life ” - Neathen Alero
Woody Allen
Writer, Annie Hall
Woody Allen was born Allan Stewart Konigsberg on December 1, 1935 in Brooklyn, New York, to Nettie (Cherrie), a bookkeeper, and Martin Konigsberg, a waiter and jewellery engraver. His father was of Russian Jewish descent, and his maternal grandparents were Austrian Jewish immigrants. As a young boy...
“ Midnight in Paris ” - Neathen Alero
Martin Scorsese
Director, Goodfellas
Martin Charles Scorsese was born on November 17, 1942 in Queens, New York City, to Catherine Scorsese (née Cappa) and Charles Scorsese, who both worked in Manhattan's garment district, and whose families both came from Palermo, Sicily. He was raised in the neighborhood of Little Italy, which later provided the inspiration for several of his films...
“ Hugo ” - Neathen Alero