Oscar Week: Get to Know Your Best-Director Nominees

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Match the nominee to a little-known fact (answers after the jump):

1. Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain) 2. Bennett Miller (Capote) 3. Paul Haggis (Crash) 4. George Clooney (Good Night, and Good Luck) 5. Steven Spielberg (Munich)

A. Owns a pet pig named Max.
B. Had a heart attack while filming his Oscar-nominated movie.
C. While attending NYU, worked on one of Spike Lee‘s student films.
D. Applied to USC Cinema School twice and was turned down both times.
E. Directed The Cruise, a documentary about a double-decker bus tour guide.

A. George Clooney (4) owns a pet pig named Max, and it is a male chauvinist.
B. Paul Haggis (3) had a heart attack while filming his Oscar-nominated movie. Maybe from eating too much haggis?
C. While attending NYU, Ang Lee (1) worked on one of Spike Lee’s student films. The two Lees are not related.
D. Steven Spielberg (5) applied to USC Cinema School twice and was turned down both times. Turns out they mixed up his application with the Mexican director, a senor Spielbergo, who went on to achieve great things himself.
E. Bennett Miller (2) directed The Cruise, a documentary about a double-decker bus tour guide. No relation to Bode Miller, or at least that’s what he says now.