7 Academy Awards That We Should Revive

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Best Assistant Director

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What it is: An award given to the Best Assistant Director. Awarded from 1933-1937, for the first few years this award was given in recognition of no specific film, but rather recognized the yearly contributions of assistant directors employed by different studios.

Why have it: Name for me, right now, at least one of the Assistant Directors on Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street. Can’t do it? Of course you can’t. But the Assistant/First Unit director is responsible for all kinds of things over the course of the filmmaking process, from coordinating the cast and crew, shooting secondary footage, and tracking the production schedule. As many productions now employ several Assistant Directors, we can even make the award plural and hand it out to multiple people the way they do Production Design.

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