Peter Bart: First-Time Directors Are Stealing The Awards-Season Sizzle

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Greta Gerwig is buzzing around Hollywood this week, smiling patiently while interviewers heap praise on her. Her oddly titled new movie, Lady Bird, is not only superbly crafted, but also a rarity – a successful directing debut. As such, she replicates the achievement of Jordan Peele, who earlier this year directed his first movie, a major hit titled Get Out. Then there's Aaron Sorkin, whose first directing effort, Molly's Game, also is stoking the award fires. The…