I've never heard the reasoning behind giving the Best Picture Oscar to the Producers of a film, and awarding the Best Director separately. It's always made more sense to me to give a Picture award to both parties and abolish the Director award. I've always found it hard to understand how one could judge one film as best picture, but acknowledge a different director as the year's best. Does anyone have a coherant explanation for this? Wouldn't it make more sense the other way? Btw, I think this is a sufficiently broad discussion about the nature of the Academy Awards, that it shouldn't get stuck at the tail end of an already quite mundane nominations discussion.