Platform Nation: It’s a joke I heard first from the guys on The Totally Rad Show, and it kind of always stuck with me. Since that year, I’ve always thought about the winners and nominees of the Best Directing Academy Award: is it really the best directing or is it just the most directing? It is usually called and presented as the Best Director award, but that presents its own set of issues. What qualities of the director are you judging? The ability to connect with the actors? How much time is spent covering non-directorial aspects of the film? There’s no clear-cut answer and is open to a great many interpretations.