Thursday, October 20, 2011

First Oscar Predictions: Best Director

This year many great directors will battle to get a spot in the best director category and without a doubt one of them will get left out.

These are in particular order
1. Steven Spielberg-Warhorse-Even though the film has not been seen, it is generating a lot of buzz which is a plus. Warhorse hits theaters in December which is always a plus because it will be fresh in voters minds. However with no reviews and festival screenings, it is hard to see if this film is really as good as it promises.

2. Stephen Daldry-Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close-I picked this film over others because the trailer looks amazing and because Daldry manages to always make the best director list with every movie he makes.

3. Michel Hazanavicius-The Artist-Its always inspiring to see a filmmaker who goes against the current trend. Executing a silent film in this time period is not always accepted but The Artist has been the darling of festivals and of critics making it a top choice for the best director nomination. 

4. Alexander Payne-The Descendants-The film is already nominated for the Gotham Awards making it a favorite with awards already. In addition the festival circuit loved the film and this is never an easy task. Alexander Payne is a already a nominee increasing his chances in this category.

5. Woody Allen-Midnight in Paris-This is Woody Allen's best film in decades and he should be recognized for such an achievement.

Other Contenders
Tomas Alfredson-Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy-Reviews were amazing and the film is Focus Features' main contender making Alfredson a threat.

Terrence Malick-The Tree of Life-He won the Palm d'or at Cannes and the film was wonderfully received. In addition, Malick's film is original and visually stunning.

Steve McQueen-Shame-The film everyone is talking about could get enough attention to get McQueen a nomination. 

Nicolas Winding Refn-Winning best director at Cannes is a major step in the right direction. However he can end up like Cronenberg who has yet to be nominated regardless of winning awards around the world.

David Cronenberg-A Dangerous Method-Having obtained a mild reaction is never a good thing and only a great Oscar campaign can save this highly anticipated film.

Bennett Miller-Moneyball-Rave reviews and a nominations under his belt are the right formula for a repeat nomination. 

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