What's Inside the Oscar Mind: David Fincher's 26 Favorite Films
What fed the imagination of two-time Oscar nominee David Fincher, who's going to win best director Sunday for The Social Network? A film festival he carries around in his head.
For a director whose latest film takes the pulse of this moment in popular culture, Fincher has some impressively retro taste. Here's a glimpse of the card he scrawled his movie memories on, and here are the movies that made him what he is today:
Monty Python's The Holy Grail
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
All That Jazz
Lawrence of Arabia
All the Presidents Men
Days of Heaven
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