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Toasting The Academy's Coolest New Members: Directors Edition

By Kristy Puchko | Lists | July 1, 2016 |

By Kristy Puchko | Lists | July 1, 2016 |

We celebrated the stars who’ve been welcomed into the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Now let’s toast the narrative filmmakers whose work has been so game-changing we’re thrilled to know they’ll weigh in on Oscar night.

Shocker: directors aren’t as often giffed as their films. When a director gif was unavailable, we opted for a bit of their beautiful movies.

Lexi Alexander, director of Punisher: War Zone and Green Street Hooligans

Haifaa al Mansour, director of Wadjda

Ana Lily Amirpour, director of A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night and skater stunt double. (That’s her!)

Amma Asante, director of Belle

Katie Aselton, director of Black Rock

Ryan Coogler, director of Creed and Fruitvale Station

Julie Dash, director Daughters of the Dust

Tamra Davis, director of Billy Madison

Xavier Dolan, director of Mommy

Cheryl Dunye, director of The Watermelon Woman

Anne Fletcher, director of The Proposal

Ari Folman, director of Waltz with Bashir and The Congress

Cary Joji Fukunaga, director of Beasts of No Nation and Jane Eyre

Juan Antonio Garcia Bayona, director of The Impossible and The Orphanage

Lesli Linka Glatter, director of Now and Then

Mary Harron, director of American Psycho

Marielle Heller, director of The Diary of a Teenage Girl

Patty Jenkins, director of Monster

Abbas Kiarostami, director of Taste of Cherry and Certified Copy

Karyn Kusama, director of Girl Fight and Jennifer’s Body

Phyllida Lloyd, director of The Iron Lady and Mamma Mia

Adam McKay, director of The Big Short and Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

Park Chan-wook, director of Oldboy and Stoker

Lynne Ramsay, director of We Need To Talk About Kevin

Dee Rees, director of Pariah

Nicolas Winding Refn, director of Only God Forgives and Drive

Gillian Robespierre, director of Obvious Child

Patricia Rozema, director of Mansfield Park

Marjane Satrapi, director of The Voices and Persepolis

Sam Taylor-Johnson, director of Nowhere Boy and Fifty Shades of Grey

Melvin Van Peebles, director of Sweet Sweetback’s Baasasssss Song

Lana Wachowski, co-director of Jupiter Ascending and The Matrix trilogy

Lilly Wachowski, co-director of Jupiter Ascending and The Matrix trilogy

Taika Waititi, director of Hunt for the Wilderpeople and What We Do in the Shadows

James Wan, director of The Conjuring and Saw

You can check out the full list at LA Times Then share the picks your pumped about in comments.

Kristy Puchko is pumped to see so many our the Overlords 52 Films By Women picks are finally getting some Academy recognition.

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Kristy Puchko is the managing editor of Pajiba. You can follow her on Twitter.