Best Director

Jane Campion
The Power of the Dog
Paul Thomas Anderson
Licorice Pizza
Ryuske Hamaguchi
Drive My Car
Denis Villeneuve
Dune
Steven Spielberg
West Side Story
1 nomination (for directing)2 nominations (for directing)No nominations1 nomination7 nominations, 2 wins (for directing)
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Has cleaned up in the precursors. Competing for the winThe film’s reception has started to solidify and PTA should find himself in the lineupDrive My Car is such a critical and precursor smash, Hamaguchi could be firmly in the runningDune had to be big for him to have a shot and it was big. Maybe on a bit shakier ground than some would like to admitWSS has been missing in some weird places. I still think he makes the lineup, but just barely
ALTERNATIVES
Kenneth Branagh
Belfast
Joel Coen
The Tragedy of Macbeth
Pedro Almodovar
Parallel Mothers
Reinaldo Marcus Green
King Richard
Guillermo del Toro
Nightmare Alley
1 nomination (for directing)3 nominations (for directing), 1 win1 nomination (for directing)No nominations1 nomination (for directing), 1 win
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I don’t know what happened, but the Belfast love evaporated very quickly and without warningMacbeth is peaking at the right time, but he hasn’t had much precursor loveThe Oscars have shown willingness to nominate Pedro before, even when his film doesn’t show up in Best Picture. He has probably been 6th place more than onceKing Richard is seen as more of a star vehicle than a director’s movie, but if the film hits in every other category, there’s no reason to think Green can’t go along as wellFollowing his Best Director win in 2017, everything he makes will be on the Academy’s radar. You never know how members will love a film
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Rebecca Hall
Passing
Sian Heder
CODA
Asghar Farhadi
A Hero
Wes Anderson
The French Dispatch
Paolo Sorrentino
The Hand of God
No nominationsNo nominationsNo nominations (for directing)1 nomination (for directing)No nominations
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The Oscars love actors-turned-directors, but the film’s accolades have been more focused on performancesThe CODA love has to translate to the director, right?A Hero might be breaking at the right time for him to make an impact. Probably more realistic in ScreenplayDespite a fairly early release, Anderson is getting some late buzz from precursors and top ten lists. Maybe it could surpriseThe film’s release has not exactly been universally beloved, but you never know