Best Director: Danny Boyle, 127 Hours
Runtime: 94 mins
Here's an insane task: Make a movie in which the hero amputates his own arm — and keep the audience from running screaming from the theater.
Miraculously, seasoned storyteller Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting) pulls it off (so to speak).
We Also Loved: Paul Greengrass, Green Zone; Paul Haggis, The Next Three Days; Tony Scott, Unstoppable; John Wells, The Company Men.