Ang Lee wins best director award for ‘Life of Pi’
Los Angeles, Jan. 15 (CNA) Oscar-winning Taiwanese American director Ang Lee received the 2012 best director award from the North Carolina Film Critics Association (NCFCA) Tuesday for “Life of Pi,” his third such honor for that year.
Lee defeated several other hopefuls, including Kathryn Bigelow, who directed “Zero Dark Thirty,” David O. Russell for “Silver Linings Playbook,” Paul Thomas Anderson for “The Master,” Wes Anderson for “Moonrise Kingdom” and Rian Johnson for “Looper.”
The award was Lee’s third best director award for the film, following a Kansas City Film Critics Circle award announced last December and another from the Las Vegas Film Critics Society earlier that same month.
Lee’s 3-D fantasy was also nominated by the NCFCA for best adapted screenplay but did not win.
Lee and Russell have also been nominated for best director kudos at the Academy Awards — the Oscars — the award ceremony for which will be held Feb. 24. “Life of Pi” has received a total of 11 nominations for this year’s Oscars, second only to Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln.”
Lee failed to win the best director award at this year’s Golden Globe Awards, held earlier this week.
“Life of Pi” tells the story of a young man who survives a shipwreck and develops rivalries and friendships while cast adrift with various animal survivors, including a Bengal tiger, and who is ultimately reborn from the experience.
(By Oscar Wu and Scully Hsiao)