Sunday, January 5, 2014

Oscar Predictions: Best Director

January 5th Update. 

In another strong category, the win should come down to McQueen and Cuaron. It's a strong category, but I'd be really surprised if anyone outside of the top 8 made it in. Jonze and Payne look like the most likely spoilers.

1. Steve McQueen- 12 Years a Slave
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12 Years a Slave is the frontrunner. McQueen has hit every single precursor. Some people are predicting a Best Picture/Best Director split, but I think McQueen will still win. (Previously #1)

 2. Alfonso Cuaron- Gravity

It's between McQueen and Cuaron at this point. I have him 2nd right now because the Academy hasn't shown much love for Sci-Fi films in the past. (Previously #2)
3. David O. Russell- American Hustle
American Hustle cast, American Hustle behind the scenes, David O. Russell American Hustle Oscar, David. O Russell Best Director
The tremendous love for American Hustle is a bit surprising, but it makes David O. Russell a lock for his 3rd Best Director nomination. American Hustle is one of the top 3 contenders right now. (Previously #4)

4. Martin Scorsese- The Wolf of Wall Street
 Martin Scorsese Best Director, Martin Scorsese Wolf of Wall Street, Wolf of Wall Street Oscar Predictions
Martin Scorsese has a ton of support with the Academy. Wolf has also been a big hit with the guilds. After landing a DGA nod, Scorsese is looking even likelier. (Previously #5)

5. Paul Greengrass- Captain Phillips
 Paul Greengrass Oscar Predictions, Captain Phillips Oscar Predictions
Greengrass is looking good for his first nomination since United 93 in 2006. Spike Jonze could sneak in, but I'm sticking with the DGA lineup right now. (Previously #3)

Other Possibilities

6. Spike Jonze (Previously #9)

7. Alexander Payne- Nebraska (Previously #8)

8. Joel and Ethan Coen- Inside Llewyn Davis (Previously #6)

9. Ron Howard- Rush (Previously #7)

10. Lee Daniels- The Butler (Previously unranked)

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