Honestly, I’m quite surprised by the number of awards pundits thinking Linklater deserves Best Director. For me, Alejandro González Iñárritu winning Best Director makes more sense.
To be clear, I like BIRDMAN and I like BOYHOOD, but there was a greater degree of difficulty directing BIRDMAN than BOYHOOD. Iñárritu made a conscious choice to make a movie with numerous long takes, basically giving himself very little room for error (if any) in the editing room. And not only didhe pull it off, he directed a film that’s pretty