Oscar Roundtable: Prize Fighters

They made the most moving, provocative films of the year. In our annual roundtable, five directors (one of whom sidelines as an actor) talk about passion, fear, politics, Oscar ads and crying at the movies.

Nigel Parry / CPI for Newsweek

By Sean Smith and David Ansen
Feb. 6, 2006 issue - We were a little worried at first that Bennett Miller might not recover. As directors Steven Spielberg, George Clooney, Ang Lee and Paul Haggis stood in the hallway outside a photo studio in Los Angeles, it wasn't Spielberg's political lightning rod, "Munich," or Haggis's incendiary racism drama, "Crash," that got them all talking. Nor was it Clooney and his stylish paean to Edward R. Murrow, "Good Night, and Good Luck," or Lee and his mournful love story, "Brokeback Mountain," that generated the most praise. It was 38-year-old Miller, the youngest and least experienced member of the group, who found himself the center of attention as the others raved about the quiet, assured power of his feature-film debut, "Capote."
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