Quebec director Denis Villeneuve will have reached the very last round in the “Best Directors Showdown”, a public vote organized by Rotten Tomatoes, but he finished a good second, behind British-American Christopher Nolan.

Rotten Tomatoes is an American film and television review aggregation website launched in 1998. To celebrate its 25th anniversary, the site held this competition, selecting 64 “remarkable” directors who made their film debut over the of the last 25 years.

Five rounds were organized. Each time, the public had to choose their favorite from a pair of directors.

Avec ses films Prisoners, Arrival, Blade Runner 2049 et Dune, Denis Villeneuve a été successivement préféré à Lynne Ramsay (Ratcatcher, Morvern Callar, We Need to Talk about Kevin, You Were Never Really Here), Pete Docter (Monsters, Inc., Up., Inside Out, Soul), Alejandro González Iñárritu (21 Grams, Babel, Birdman, The Revenant), Bong Joon-ho (Memories of Murder, The Host, Mother, Parasite) et Damien Chazelle (Whiplash, La La Land, First Man, Babylon).

In the final round, only Denis Villeneuve and Chistopher Nolan (Memento, The Dark Knight, Inception, Interstellar, Dunkirk, Oppenheimer) remained, but it was the latter who won, collecting 56% of the votes. Nearly 30,000 votes were counted for this final round.

“Truth be told, we don’t think anyone would have complained if either of the two finalists had taken the crown,” writes the team at Rotten Tomatoes.