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Winner: Baz Luhrmann
Things weren't looking good for good ol' Baz before "The Great Gatsby" hit theaters this May. His dream film, 2008's "Australia," was a financial and critical disaster that effectively put his long running relationship with 20th Century Fox on hold. His follow up, a new spin on F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby," went over budget and Luhrmann needed more time than expected to edit the picture. That caused a dreaded Christmas to May delay (always a bad sign to the media) and a general "stink" was perceived around the movie. Then it actually opened in theaters and surprise, surprise Warner Bros. had a hit on their hands. A great cast, a popular soundtrack and a slick marketing campaign made "Gatsby" an even more popular in the U.S. than overseas (something the studio will admit wasn't expected) and one of WB's biggest hits of the year.