Outlier categories helped to limit eligibility. For example, directors that peaked during the Silent Era are omitted from participation (EX: D.W. Griffith, F.W. Murnau, Charlie Chaplin, Sergei Eisenstein, Buster Keaton, et al.)
Another outlier category created purely to promote play-in among non-cinephiles was to limit eligibility for International Directors that did not necessarily cross over w/ a Hollywood career era (EX: Godard, Kurosawa, Truffaut, Fassbinder, Fellini, Tarkovsky, etc.).
A criteria was determined that directors needed a canon of 5 or more films, purely out of necessity for narrowing the pool of incredible talent (EX: Jordan Peele, Duncan Jones, Richard Kelly, Alex Garland, Jennifer Lee, Charlie Kaufman, Steve McQueen, Greta Gerwig).
Nice to see they included Kelly Reichardt but I'd say it's incomplete, maybe I'm missing them but I don't see - Frank Capra, John Cassavetes, Woody Allen, Melvin Van Peebles, Bong Joon Ho, Todd Haynes, John Waters... And I do often enjoy his movies but if Ron Howard is considered an auteur then where the hell is George Cukor?
yeah, im sure it could be picked apart. definitely trends to more modern directors. john hughes captured a moment but an auteur? lucas, two good films. michael bay? fuck off. bryan singer, sam mendes? ill have to see if i can find it but of course it being twitter the first complaint was that there were only two women as if they were being ignored rather than not existing or meeting the stated criteria. whoops, like me they didnt even register kelly reichardt.
haha. he erased the tweet. was some assoc prof of media at a christian college in okc.
Nice to see the blob made it to the second tier but I think Cloverfield gets my vote.