Best Director

Jane Campion
The Power of the Dog
Kenneth Branagh
Belfast
Denis Villeneuve
Dune
Paul Thomas Anderson
Soggy Bottom
Steven Spielberg
West Side Story
1 nomination (for directing)1 nomination (for directing)1 nomination2 nominations (for directing)7 nominations, 2 wins (for directing)
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Has cleaned up in the precursors. Competing for the winThe love for Belfast should translate to the love for Branagh. Close to a lockDune 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 admitThe film’s reception has started to solidify and PTA should find himself in the lineupGreat reviews are starting to solidify WSS Oscar chances and you can expect Spielberg to come right along with it
ALTERNATIVES
Joel Coen
The Tragedy of Macbeth
Ryuske Hamaguchi
Drive My Car
Reinaldo Marcus Green
King Richard
Pedro Almodovar
Parallel Mothers
Guillermo del Toro
Nightmare Alley
3 nominations (for directing), 1 winNo nominationsNo nominations1 nomination (for directing)1 nomination (for directing), 1 win
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Already a Best Director winner, but this time without his brother. Will they be able to take to the single Coen as well as they took the brothers?Drive My Car is such a critical and precursor smash, Hamaguchi could find himself in the Oscar lineup if the film really hitsKing 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 wellThe 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 onceFollowing 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
MORE ALTERNATIVES
Rebecca Hall
Passing
Asghar Farhadi
A Hero
Wes Anderson
The French Dispatch
Pablo Larrain
Spencer
Paolo Sorrentino
The Hand of God
No nominationsNo nominations (for directing)1 nomination (for directing)No nominationsNo nominations
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The Oscars love actors-turned-directors, but the film’s accolades have been more focused on performancesA 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 surpriseSeen more as an actor’s director, he could translate if the film shows up in non-acting categories.The film’s release has not exactly been universally beloved, but you never know