Well, it might have been a foregone conclusion to some, but Christopher Nolan is the Best Director of the Last 25 Years, at least according to our Rotten Tomatoes readers. The man who helped redefine what superhero cinema could be with the Dark Knight trilogy, tickled our brains with scintillating sci-fi like Inception and Interstellar, and most recently delivered one of the most astounding biopics in recent memory with Oppenheimer has emerged victorious from our 64-filmmaker gauntlet. Denis Villeneuve didn’t go down without a fight, though — Nolan defeated all of his previous opponents with at least 87% of the vote, but he only defeated Villeneuve by a count of 56% to 44%. Close to 30,000 votes were cast in this final round, and truth be told, we don’t think anyone would have complained if either of the two finalists had taken home the crown.
As always, thanks to everyone who participated and followed along, week to week. We hope it was as fun for all of you as it was for us, or that it inspired some lively discussion, at the very least. Stay tuned for our next big showdown, and maybe check out some great films from one of the directors in this showdown in the meantime.