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When the best director Oscar winner is announced Sunday, chances are it will once again be a non-American – highlighting Hollywood's focus more than ever on global markets vital for box office success.Over the last 20 years, 11 winners of the best director Academy Award – arguably second in prestige to best picture at Tinseltown's biggest annual show – have been from outside the United States. The same would be true for fellow front-runner Steve McQueen, the British filmmaker behind "12 Years a Slave".The success of foreign directors in Tinseltown is in fact nothing new – it's been a constant since the 1920s, when Germans Ernst Lubitsch and F.W. Murnau settled in the United States.Ultimately though, the only real common denominator between filmmakers who succeeded in Hollywood in cinema's golden age, the 1970s and those of the 21st century, is commercial success, said Ross.
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