Some artists work with paint, others with clay — Ridley Scott, however, works with beams of light pouring into rooms. Even his worst movies (and he's made some stinkers) are gorgeous to look at. But when he's got his teeth sunk into a good script, like with Alien, Blade Runner, Thelma & Louise, The Martian and yes, even The Counselor, there's no stopping him.
Nominations: Three for Best Director (Thelma & Louise, Gladiator, Black Hawk Down) and one for Producer (The Martian).
Should Have Won For: Alien.
Maybe This Is All Punishment For: The sappy Russell-Crowe-sips-wine drama A Good Year.