Looking at the Best Director nominees of the 80s, there were 12 films nominated for Best Director and not Best Picture. With only 12 nominees, there probably won't be much difference on who the top choices will be (so I'll leave out the poll), but who do you think is the best of the nominees?
So rate them, rank them, whatever, who do you think was most worthy of the nomination and do you think the film should have beeen nominated for Best Picture as well (and if so, what should have been taken out).
1980 Richard Rush - The Stunt Man
1982 Wolfgang Petersen - Das Boot
1983 Ingmar Bergman - Fanny and Alexander
1983 Micke Nichols - Silkwood
1984 Woody Allen - Broadway Danny Rose
1985 Akira Kurosawa - Ran
1986 David Lynch - Blue Velvet
1987 Lasse Hallstrom - My Life as a Dog
1988 Charles Chrichton - A Fish Called Wanda
1988 Martin Scorsese - The Last Temptation of Christ
1989 Woody Allen - Crimes and Misdemeanors
1989 Kenneth Branagh - Henry V