On the morning when the Oscar nominations were announced in 1987, I got a call from David Lynch
who said he was astounded that he’d been nominated for directing “Blue Velvet
” and equally astounded that I had predicted his nomination in the Los Angeles Times
the day before.
“How did you know?” he asked.
The answer, of course, is that I didn’t know. I’d just played an educated hunch. Though he hadn’t been nominated by the DGA
, it figured that despite its graphic, inscrutable content, “Blue Velvet
’s” daring originality would set well with his peers in the academy.
The academy’s relatively small directors’ branch, unlike the broader-based Directors Guild
, had a history of finding room on its ballot for work outside the mainstream that its members appreciated.
The year before, the academy had nominated two of them, Akira Kurosawa
” and Hector Babenco
’s “Kiss of the Spider Woman