Imagination Connoisseur, Paul Hamel, wants to know how it’s possible to have Best Director and a Best Picture Oscars go to two, different films. He looks to writer-producer-director, Robert Meyer Burnett, to make some sense of it all.

Hey Rob,

I’ve been listening to your show for a while now, but this is my first time writing in. I was brought here by my long-time friend and imagination connoisseur, Evan Newman. Evan has always been my go-to guy for talking about movies.

Let me get to my question for you.

As Evan already knows, I like watching the Oscars but there is one thing that happens that always bothers me. I can’t stand it when the best director and best picture winners don’t line up. I don’t understand how

Someone could be the best director, but not have directed the best movie of the year? I know there is a lot that goes into films and judging them on an objective level, but it’s always something that has bugged me. I’m willing to be convinced this is not an issue and I’m hoping you’ll be able to explain the reasoning for this.

Thanks for reading this letter, Rob, and next time I’ll write in about a topic no one has ever dared to write about on this show…

… Star Trek.

– Paul H.