And the gifted auteurs are...
Tomas Alfredson - Let the Right One In
Expertly crafts one of the best vampire movies I've ever seen.
Gus Van Sant - Milk
Takes what could have been standard biopic fare, and turns Dustin Lance Black's screenplay into one of his best/most accessible films in years.
Jonathan Demme - Rachel Getting Married
At once a veritable celebration of music and life as it is a requiem for a family in crisis, all guided under his expert hand. He's returned to form here.
Andrew Stanton - WALL-E
For using restraint, subtlety and nuance in a medium that doesn't often allow it. Kudos.
Darren Aronofsky - The Wrestler
Restrained, subdued and personal, even during the wrestling sequences. It always feels intimate, painful and real.