Damien Chazelle

“First Man”

Variety - - Contenders -

Af­ter be­com­ing the youngest per­son to win the Os­car for best direc­tor — just 32 when he took it for “La La Land” — Chazelle was al­ways go­ing to have a tough act to fol­low with his third film, “First Man.” A more somber, quiet take on the life of as­tro­naut Neil Arm­strong than mul­ti­plex au­di­ences might have been ex­pect­ing, “First Man” un­der­whelmed at the box of­fice, but his film could still have the last laugh on Os­car night if vot­ers want to honor the unique­ness and dif­fi­culty of his ap­proach.

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