Live Poll: And the Nobel Prize Goes to... (IMDb Poll Board)

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The Nobel Prize is an award bestowed to people who distinguished themselves in Literature, Chemistry, Physics, Physiology or Medicine, and Peace. Based on nominations by the IMDb Poll Board, which of these living directors would you give a Nobel Prize for Film?

List: https://www.imdb.com/list/ls042274155/
Poll: https://www.imdb.com/poll/W96o1Vf1Ols/
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Jean-Luc Godard. Still experimenting.
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Steven Spielberg in Duel 1971
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Jessica, Champion

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I didn't recognize him at first either. :)
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Ed Jones (XLIX)

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I figured that would get some of you speculating.
I saw that pic and could not resist.
He almost looks like Norman Bates! LOL
But yes it is Steven Spielberg
About a quarter of his works combined remind us that "Peace" Is a Far Better Choice than War!
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Norman Bates, yeah. I also thought of Stanley Kubrick

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000040/mediaviewer/rm742955008

but actually, he looks like Luis Buñuel.

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000320/mediaviewer/rm385677312

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Cool photo.
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Ed Jones (XLIX)

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No matter what angle you look at him from he is looking at you.
The Steva Lisa
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cinephile

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Christopher Nolan
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Concur
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My dark horse candidate,Brian De Palma.
I really like his style and technique that give his films a unique look and feel.
Brian De Palma at an event for Passion 2012

2000 Mission to Mars
1998 Snake Eyes
1996 Mission: Impossible
1993 Carlito's Way
1989 Casualties of War (as Brian DePalma)
1987 The Untouchables
1981 Blow Out
1976 Carrie
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Miyazaki
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albstein

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Thanks guys. A technical question: do links to user profiles require a different format, like those to people?
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Ed Jones (XLIX)

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Yes. Use the same format as the  link back to the get sat page in a poll.

Suggested by Ed Jones (XLIX), [link=https://www.imdb.com/user/ur28003732/?ref_=nb_usr_prof_0]
please visit his profile page here[/link]


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Thank you!
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Ed Jones (XLIX)

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OK  :)
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Jessica, Champion

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Cool idea, alb.
I would like to nominate Yimou Zhang.
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albstein

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Thanks, added!
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NarniaisAwesome

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Will think about my nomination.
P.S. Now I'm making GIFS and I can't get enough!  (Yes, I made this one)
Fight GIF

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John McTiernan is an example you would go for.
He made 'Medicine Man'.
His examples of fun films:
'Last Action Hero'.... 'Die Hard'.......'Predator'
But his best one is the often ignored 'Medicine Man'.
That is a good example of an inspiring film.

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Yes, I know - to me, Narnia is peace, literature, and inspiring.  :)
But John McTiernan is good, too.  :)
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Each choice will be respected here :). Andrew Adamson added.

Ed, I see where you're coming from but don't underestimate fun genre movies. Buster Keaton used to be a funny slapstick comedian for the masses, and now he's also a cultural heritage :).
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Ed Jones (XLIX)

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As is Charlie Chaplin. They both would get my vote for a Nobel.
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NarniaisAwesome

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Thanks, albstein.  :)
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rubyfruit76, Champion

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ElMo got to my probable choice first so I'll have to deliberate. 'Very cool idea. 
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Good idea, You can consider Béla Tarr and Martín scorsese
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albstein

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Thank you. As all the choices come from IMDb users (one suggestion) each, you may nominate one :)
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joe siegel

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I understand, so I nominate only Bela Tarr
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albstein

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Added :)
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Ibrahim Akhtar

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There are many great directors whom I want to include in this list and it is a tough choice to think about only one them but I will nominate Anurag Kashyap.

(Someone who is trying to put quality content infront of Indian Audience)
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Gangs of Wasseypur is cool :)
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FYC, just a thought. How about two-three sentences about why you are making this proposition and why there should be a Nobel prize for film. I can only assume your reasoning. But, if it were me, I would make these points.

1) Nobel concerned over his legacy, provided in his will four five prizes in world changing endeavors:Physics, Chemistry, Medicine, Literature, and Peace.
2) Movies have displaced Literature, in influence and popularity since Nobel deaths in1896.
3) Therefore his award for a literary work "in an ideal direction"  should be theoretically expanded to include living director's "bodies of work" that have changed the world.

If the award existed prior to today, someone like Stanley Kramer would have gotten it for his "message film" contributions that tackled a number of social problem through film.

Wikepedia notes
The first three of these prizes are awarded for eminence in physical science, in chemistry and in medical science or physiology; the fourth is for literary work "in an ideal direction" and the fifth prize is to be given to the person or society that renders the greatest service to the cause of international fraternity, in the suppression or reduction of standing armies, or in the establishment or furtherance of peace congresses.[14]

The formulation for the literary prize being given for a work "in an ideal direction" (i idealisk riktning in Swedish), is cryptic and has caused much confusion. For many years, the Swedish Academy interpreted "ideal" as "idealistic" (idealistisk) and used it as a reason not to give the prize to important but less romantic authors, such as Henrik Ibsen and Leo Tolstoy. This interpretation has since been revised, and the prize has been awarded to, for example, Dario Fo and José Saramago, who do not belong to the camp of literary idealism.

Director Steven Spielberg described  Stanley Kramer as an "incredibly talented visionary", and "one of our great filmmakers, not just for the art and passion he put on screen, but for the impact he has made on the conscience of the world.
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Well, when I talked about "achievement that goes beyond the limits of cinematic excellence" I didn't necessarily mean something that should be "inspirational" on a philosophical or social level, it can also be a work that set a template for many great artistic achievements, which is still about our human potential as creators. Let's not forget the MGM's slogan Ars Gratia Artis: Art for Art's sake. I guess directors like George Cukor, Vincente Minnelli or even Godard are as deserving as the others.
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That makes sense. The way I see it the prize would go to someone who is not just competent on a technical level but who is really the main creative force of his movies.
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Lol, I'm pretty sure one can make awful movies by still being the main creative force behind :) this is why the technical level is important but there should be a great artistic value within the the created product or something that can be considered inspiring... well, I just mean it should take more than being just a good director. 
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That's why I said "not just competent on a technical level", they need both :)
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15yearsIMDber

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I guess I'm looking for a factor of "undeniability" that doesn't exist... 
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Just a fun-fact; I would've picked Hitchcock but he's not living.
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alb, could you please correct the link to my profile page? :)
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albstein

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Sorry! The link has been corrected :)
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My choice: Martin Scorsese
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Added :)
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albstein

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Almost forgot to include my own nomination!
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NarniaisAwesome

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'The pollmaker shall not forget himself'
     -From the Chicken Soup for the IMDb Poll Board Member book.  :)
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Jessica, Champion

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Bump.
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Alb,

For your consideration:
Kathryn Bigelow
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albstein

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Tea empire?
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NarniaisAwesome

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Oh, maybe you don't have it in Germany... Bigelow is a popular tea company.  https://www.bigelowtea.com/
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Oh, okay. I actually didn't know about them. Guess our most popular tea companies are either local or British.
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The only Bigelow I know of is Deuce :p
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BTW, Richard, now that you know what RiffTrax is there's a podcast called 372 Pages We'll Never Get Back, where Mike Nelson and another employee from RiffTrax read through terrible, cheesy books.  Whether or not you read along, it's really funny!  Just thought you might like to know.  :)
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ANNOUNCEMENT

All those who suggested a director can now add another nomination.
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Oh, pooh, that's right, haha!  
Then I go with James Nguyen
Off the wall, I know, but you said The Nobel Prize is an award bestowed to people who distinguished themselves...
James has distinguished himself; among B movie buffs he is well known, and his work is like no other!  Honestly my life wouldn't be the same without him!
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To be honest, I don't know James Nguyen, but since you find him worthy, he's added :)
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Paul Thomas Anderson
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Paul Thomas Anderson added :)
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To be honest, I don't know James Nguyen, but since you find him worthy, he's added :)
Aww, thanks.  :)
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Yay!!!!!!!!!!!
I voted for James Nguyen because he probably won't get anymore votes.  :)  Great job!