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Bruce Beresford

Not to be confused with the producer of Pimp My Ride who went to jail for murdering his wife—that's Bruce Beresford-Redman—our Bruce Beresford is an Australian film director responsible for Driving Miss Daisy (1989), Tender Mercies (1983), and Double Jeopardy (1999). That's the Ashley Judd suspense flick, not the Jeopardy! round. Although Driving Miss Daisy was Beresford's most celebrated film, nominated for nine Academy Awards, Beresford himself was snubbed in the Oscar nom department.

What do Beresford and Ben Affleck both have in common? No, it's not Matt Damon. Even though Miss Daisy was nominated for Best Picture, Beresford didn't receive a nomination for Best Director from the Academy or the Golden Globe Awards. Billy Crystal cracked that Driving Miss Daisy was "the film that apparently directed itself." The only director who's been dissed like this since was Ben Affleck for Argo in 2012.

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