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2015 Oscar Predictions: Best Director

2015 Oscar Predictions: Best Director

Indiewire will provide updates of our predictions for the
87th Academy Awards through February 22nd, when the winners are announced.

Alejandro González Iñárritu or Richard Linklater? It’s a question that will make or break your Oscar pool, as the former has the coveted DGA prize and the latter the BAFTA, the Golden Globe and the Critics Choice. Could we be looking at our third Best Picture/Best Director split in a row, or will one or the other’s film prevail across both categories?

Our prediction below. Check out our predictions in other categories here.

The Nominees:
Alejandro González Iñárritu, "Birdman"
Richard Linklater, "Boyhood"
Bennett Miller, "Foxcatcher"
Wes Anderson, "The Grand Budapest Hotel"
Morten Tydlum, "The Imitation Game"

Will Win: Richard Linklater, "Boyhood"
Could Win: Alejandro González Iñárritu, "Birdman"
Should Win: Richard Linklater, "Boyhood"
Shoulda Been Here: Ava DuVernay, "Selma"

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Edward Kekana

Will be waiting

ademolamojeed

Add your voice to the conversation…gentle soul

Tomas Ramirez

Gonzalez Iñarriru the best!!

alex

Max, Fury? A blindfolded donkey can direct a better movie. Im rooting for Iñarritu. His camera work along with the screenplay made that movie a success

Yamamoto

Shitty article. Boyhood is technically mediocre and Linklater shouldn’t have even been nominated over much better directors such as Damien Chazelle and David Fincher.

Ghostdog

Ava DuVernay, "Selma"???? That was a hideously directed Lifetime Movie! I hope it wins nothing so we can here the Jessie Jackson whine about how it was racism… Please.. It was a crap film on every level

Sheldon Gaskell

The concept of filming over 12 years was remarkable, which would sway me for Linklater winning Best Director if the film itself wasn’t such a dreadful, bland bore. I also want to root for Alejandro González Iñárritu for his use of the continuous shot and suspense; however, the film’s ending was a bit of a cop-out. Wes Anderson was typically himself and brilliantly so. Still, I think the award should go to Iñárritu. The film truly moved me and pushed cinema in a new and philosophically/intellectually entertaining way (unlike Linklater’s achievement with Boyhood).

J.P.

Why SHOULD Linklater win? His movie wasn’t innovative… oh, it was a 12 year production… big deal. Make the same movie in two months with different actors and what do you think about the director? All right, that didn’t happen… a 12 year movie is what actually happened and it is a valuable thing, the film. But the directing? The best? Really? It isn’t even Linklater’s best work. Iñárritu’s and Anderson’s proposal was much more riskier and finely carried.

E.

Everybody’s talking about the racism/sexism around Selma snub, but the real merits of Ava Duvernay in the film aren’t great; they’re just mediocre. Selma is just an okay historic drama and nothing more ( well, except being an obvious awards bait, of course. Just look at it.) Nolan and Fincher are yet to be rewarded, just like P.T. Anderson and many other directors too. They are True masters.

chris wahlberg

Christopher Nolan

Glen

Where is Clint Eastwood?

Sofiya

Although most would disagree, this belongs to Wes Anderson.

Donna

Clint Eastwood best director – make my day!

O'Donnel

And if teh Acadmey gives her or Unbroken a Best Director or Best Picture nod tommorow. I will stop watching the Oscars and lose respect for them. Why should she or her film which were critcally panned get awards over far more talented and deserving real directors? Directors who have paid their ues, worked hard on their films, went to film school and actaully made good movies this year?
If Unbroken gets a Best Picture or Best Director nod, then for sure we will know that Oscars can be bought then.

O'Donnel

Jolie will be dissapoineted since she campiagned this movie for 2 years, spend millions upon million on all the advertisng, PR for Unbroken and got nothing but bad reviews and no serious award nomaitons. Unbroken has a rating ofr 49% on RT and many bad reviews which also panned Jolies directing. How can anybody in their right midn think Unbroken is an Oscar worthy movie? It sucked.
Its box office is not impressive imo. OIt cam last place both domestically and internationally. She lost either way. She ran a very depsperate and shameless campiagn. She is not a real director at all. Digusting how low she went to try and get Oscars for that POS movie Unbroken! Unbroken deserved a far better director then some celebrity directing it!

Alex Dupont

Well, Ubroken got what JOLIE deserved: nothing! She did not earn the "director" rights…

ERICK

ANGELINA JOLIE HAS TO BE ONE OF THE OTHER 3!!!

Kylie

I don’t Angelina Jolie will be disappointed if she gets a nod or not. Box office proved her work and we the people she’s a winner!well done team unbroken.

LH

I hope Iñarritu gets it, two Mexican directors in a row!

jayandrade

My final predictions are
– Richard Linklater, "Boyhood" (probably the winner)
– Alejandro González Iñárritu, "Birdman" (the deserving winner, but probably The Academy won´t give the Oscar to mexican directors two years in a row)
– Morten Tyldum, "The Imitation Game" (Harvey)
Pretty Safe:
– Ava DuVernay, "Selma" (very deserving, but she is not going to win)
– Wes Anderson, "The Grand Budapest Hotel" (the pleasant surprise, I Hope. With his movie premiere so early, I though that he has no chance)

Shame for
Clint Eastwood, "American Sniper" (to me his best job to date), David Fincher, "Gone Girl"
(best job since ‘The Figth Club) and Damien Chazelle, "Whiplash" (I can’t wait to see his next movies)

Coel

Angelina Jolie’s directing for Unbroken ws panned by most crtics. How is she ranked higher then the likes of Nolan, Eastwood and Leigh? Unbroken overall got more negatives reviews then any of those directors did. Even the Interview has better reviews then Unbroken. That’s pretty sad.

Mychal

I find it truly lame that Nolan is the dark horse and jolie is not.

JD

Wes Anderson is not likely to be nominated.

Davis

The utter absurdity of Oscars — and attempts and comparing "nominees" — is no clearer than trying to group film direction for a movie like Interstellar with an indie like Selma.

Nithat

Intersteller is a box office success and the reviewsare good. I think its Nolan stands a hih chance of getting a Best Dirctor nod then Angelina Jolie, a ‘director’ whose movie will ed u being a box-office flop andis getting bad reviews n top of that . Unbroken has RT of 50and on meteric its 59%. To me a movie with scores tat low are not worthy of Oscars then.

Alan

Mildly disappointing box office? Interstellar is an original film that came out in November about heavy science fiction concepts. It’s crossing 600 million worldwide. How is that disappointing in the slightest? Also mixed reactions? You mean a vocal minority. 73%, 73 on metacritic seem like a majority of positive reviews based on what I’ve learned my whole life.

Interstellar won’t earn him a directing nod simply because he just won’t make the cut. Not because of false box office expectations or incorrect statistics.

Tyrone

What about Chazzelle for Whiplash?

chris holowicki

Snubbing both Nightcrawler and Nymphomaniac I see..

Robi Bobby

But Nightcrawler?

Hugh

Angelina Jolie should be put way below this list or simply taken off. She was criticized for her poor directing efforts for Unbroken. Give her spot to Miller or Nolan or Chazelle. I think they stand a much stronger chance at the Best Director Oscar then her.

KhalidRafi

LOL! you think Nolan is a dark horse? I assure you he will get nominated over Morten Tydlum

Vedant

In my humble opinion, I would nominate these five:
-Linklater (Boyhood)
-Innaritu (Birdman)
-Chazelle (Whiplash)
-Fincher (Gone Girl)
-Miller (Foxcatcher)

j2020

Linklater for the win!!!!!

Jenna

If Richard Linklater doesn’t win best director for Boyhood, then the Oscars are clearly a farce.

Mike

You can put Angelina Jolie much lower on the list, considering the reviews for Unbroken has come out and so far it is being deemed as an average film. Jolie’s directing isn’t anything special and neither is the script writing, cinematography,etc. Only the acting from Jack O Connell was praised. But still, he won’t get an Oscar nom probably.

Linkster

Also, Oscars are sometimes given out of respect due to past works, so what past work has Angelina Jolie done as a director? What has she done in filmmaking that is so ground breaking and has lifted barriers for something? Don’t give me crap that she is breaking barriers for women. She is not with her media-whoring and attention seeking antics.

Linkster

Unbroken should be re-named " Gimme Oscar!" cos that’s what the movie looks like. A film only made to win awards. If Angelina gets nominated and wins Best Directors, when REAL, TALENTED, HARD-WOKRING director have not even come close to an Oscar before, then for sure we know who is paying a tons and tons of bribery ans Ass-Kissing to wins these awards. So the Academy wont give an Oscar to the likes of Nolan, Spike Lee, David Fincher, Sofia Capolla, STANLEY KUBRICK but they wanna give this media whore Angelina Jolie one? Her movie looks like crap and pathetic from the trailers.

Yvette

@ Darren, how can you be so sure these commenters are the same person? Lots of people don’t think Unbroken is a lock and that its weird how its being campaigned as a front runner when we don’t know for a fact how good the movie is. There are not even proper reviews of it yet. I think the pople who supporting Angelina Jolie for her shitty directing are the same person. She has no talent or body or work to become a director. My comment is not the same as Audrey or Catty or Eujerens or Smittys. I think you are too invested in Angelina and think anyone who dares to criticize her must automatically be a ‘hater’. How immature. It will be sad when actual talented directors are snubbed and looked over because of her over zealous campaign.

Darren

Yvette, Catty, Smiths and Audrey (surely the same loser with different names),if you are going to say malicious and clearly biased comments about a woman, please don’t use females names to support your shitty opinion, that’s too cliche.

JD

This list is pretty bad. Boyhood, Birdman and Unbroken are all basically locks. The Imitation Game has a chance but not a very strong one. Interstellar is much more than a Dark horse.

DN

I’m a little disappointed that this discussion doesn’t seem to include Jonathan Glazer for "Under the Skin," even as a dark horse (which he most certainly would be). Does A24 have no plans to campaign for him?

Yvette

Its nice to know that others feel the same way about Jolie. Look at directors like Fincher and Nolan. They don’t go around begging for Oscars and creating such a fuss about their movies even though they are superior directors who have a great filmography. Unlike this non-director Angelina Jolie. Yes, it will be very sad that someone like Nolan, who is overdue for an Oscar, might have his spot taken away and given to Jolie. I am also angrey at the fact that other women directors such as Lynn Ramsey, who directed " We need to talk abot Keven" NEVER was nominated! Tilda Swinton, amazing but no acting nom. Even the actor who played Kevin in the movie, was brilliant but he got no love either. Its a disgrace the Academy won’t give out nominations to directors like that but have no problems handing out awards to tabloid celebrities. It also upsets me that people like Jack O Connell and that Japanese singer might get actings noms and might even win them.

Smitts

Jolie has employed a very large very expensive PR team being lead by Tony Angellotti who has been very busy since Unbroken was in pre-production steering her oscar campaign. It is going to be a very sad thing to see these other films and other directors get snubbed because of her lack of integrity and humility. I understand her desire to give up acting for directing but she deserves to pay her dues like everyone else.

Catty

And why exactly is Angelina being talked about as an Oscar nominee when her previous directing effort was not a critical success – just because she is Angelina Jolie she must get a nomination when we don’t even know if the movie is good or not. According to Variety it was met at it’s Australian premiere with "warm applause & gasps" – that’s doesn’t sound Oscar worthy to me – a standing ovation would sound Oscar worthy.

Audrey

Unbroken is on embargo currently and its Jolie 2nd time in the chair. She has nas no body of work and her directorial debut was a flop. I a am not a ‘hater’ or anything, but the buzz around Unbroken is very suspicious consdisring it was not at any of the major filme festivals and that the fact that there are no early reviews. Its an insult to directors like Nolan, Tarentino, Fincher, Ange Lee, and many,many great directors who have neither won nor even been nominated. Jolie doesn’t deserve the nomination. If she gets one and even wins, then we know for sure that the Oscars are rigged. How can a person with no directing trainging/knowledge suddenly can be a Oscar contender for Best Director? But knowing how 12 Years a Slave won when 12 memebers of the Academy did not even see the film but voted for it anyways. I have a feeling Jolie might get a bunch of awards that she does not deserve. I would love to see film blogs and critics rip her apart if she wins. this will show what a farce the Oscars have become.

Eljeran

I think the respect and credibility that Oscar once had has been slipping for years now and this really is proof. The Grammy’s have become a bit of a joke and has lost millions of viewers and I guess it is time for Oscar to do the same. Tarantino, Altman, Fincher, Paul Thomas Anderson, Ang and Spike Lee, Welles, Lynch, Aronofsky, Kubrick, never won oscars but for some reason The Academy thinks Jolie should win one? This is the very thing that is making awards a mockery. Jolie is famous for being Jolie, ramming her kids and her relationship with actor (and not a good one)Pitt down our throats through her tabloid connections. To me she is Kim Kardashian with a hipper rap. A very bad actress with a plethora of flops on her resume decides to be a director. Of course not for the artistic pleasure in doing it, but for the awards. Sickening. Why not just give an oscar to Kim Kardashian! Tabloid exploits seem to be more important that art.

Guest

if jolie wins it is 100% do to press and media manipulation. It is a JOKE to give an award to Jolie when she has NO body of work. BDO should be given to directors who are seasoned and prolific. Not a wannabe. She needs to PROVE it. And not with one picture. She is the most overhyped award sucking embarrassment to the red carpet there ever has been.

Lucas

How can James Gray not even be considered ? The Immigrant is a masterpiece. When people like Nolan, Paul Thomas Anderson, Wes Anderson or Gray are not likely to be nominated, how can the academy expect to be taken seriously ? How can they still remain to be seen as a fair and objective acknowledgment of the best films of the year ? This all competition thing makes it all wrong. I’m not saying they are always wrong, and I like this time of the year when everyone gets to defend his favorite films, but the academy forgets about so many films that will be remembered as great films, when some other are getting the recognition they don’t deserve. Just look at some of the last best picture oscars : Argo, The Artist, The King’s Speech, Slumdog Millionaire. What about Benjamin Button, The Social Network, The Tree of Life, Inside Llewyn Davis ? It’s all a matter of marketing and fashion and luck. We are all used to that so how come the academy is still taken so seriously ? They are not acknowledging the greatest filmmakers, they just give awards to films that meet all of their criterias. Reading all of this articles, from France, it looks like nobody is questionning their legitimacy. I’m just asking questions, maybe someone can explain to me all this. I’m not saying the all idea of giving awards is bad, and I know we can’t all agree on all of the nomination thing, but I just feel like you’re giving it to much importance. For a film to be a contender for an oscar has become a sort of quality, or an argument that actually doesn’t mean anything.

Sorry for my bad english.

And here is my list of my favorite directors of the year : Miller, Gray, Nolan, Linklater, Corbijn, Chandor, Paul Thomas Anderson, Ira Sachs, Nuri Bilge Ceylan and Wes Anderson

Joshua

LOL in what universise does Angelina Jolie- the non director- have a better chance at getting a Best Directo nod then David Fincher, who is an actual director? Stop with this bullshit campaigning of Unbroken Jolie! Is she paying media sites to praise and claim she mad a WW2 masterpiece? When the film hasn’t even been seen by anybody or reviews yet? Bullshit.

Bob

Pretty reasonable here. My predictions are Linklater – Boyhood, Iñárritu – Birdman, Fincher – Gone Girl, Eastwood – American Sniper, and Bennett Miller – Foxcatcher. Runner Ups are Anjelina Jolie for Unbroken and Morten Tylydum for Imitation Game.

Diago

There are just too many great films directed by actual great film directors. for Jolie to even be considered. And its pretty obvious she is desperate for a bunch of Oscars. Hiring only Oscar wining or nominated people to work on the movie and the trailer itself looks very Oscar baity and quite pathetic. Sorry but Unbroken is being hyped up only to be probably one of the biggest dissapointments of this year. it also don’t help how this movie will probably tank big time in December considering the final Hobbit movie comes out. Which is expected to make a ton of ton and dominate the whole of December.

Conner

Jolie is a joke. She doesn’t deserve an Oscar nod for best director. ITLOBAH was poof alone she has no directing talent. I will put my money on Ficnher, Nolan, DuVarney, Miller, Chazelle getting atleast a nom or one of them wins. Jolie can stick do making flops like the Tourist and homewrecking married mens marriages.

Iggy

*have

Iggy

@ Marinane, AJ proably does shave a PR team, she is just lying about not having one. Just like she lies about her Brad Pitt affair, numerous plastic surgeries, being a loser in high school, growing, etc etc. Sorry but her Oscar bait crap wont win big this year. Fincher, Nolan, DuVarnay, Miller, Linkstar will have the fight for the gold this year.

Mariane

Funny since Angelina Jolie has no PR team LOL… If AJ gets a nod and Nolan will not then the Nolan fanboys will be losing their mind.. I can’t wait.. OMG

Liza

David Fincher- Gone Girl
Angelina Jolie- Unbroken

Adrian

It’s Linklater’s year.

Kingly

Umm in what universe does AJ have a better chance of getting a Best Director nom/win then Ficnher, Nolan, Eastwood or Miller or Duvarnay? I mean really she is no.4 while Fincher and Nolan are ranked below? I think AJ PR is the one claming all this BS so-called Buzz over Unbroken. Nobody was after the project like it was claimed, nobody cares about the stars in the movie and nobody is really interested in seeing it either. How come Unbroken has no early rewviews or did not premiere at any major film festival? Suspicious about where all this so-called Oscar Buzz for it coming from. Something tells me is the PR of AJ’s team.

leighton

And if you think that some rich spoiled actress turned director who has great connections is ‘powerful’ then you are greatlty mistaken. I would rather appricate a man who worked hard without any connections and earned their right as a director then a woman who is spoiled and has shown to be talentless in directing! Yeah I saw the trailer for Unbroken, it looks like a typical Oscar bait film with no orginality. You can tell its trying to copy great films like Forrest Gump, Life of Pi, Charriots of Fire,etc.

leighton

@IDa, you sound like a sill brangelina fan. Get over it. we all know Jolie is trying very hard to get the best director nod by making the most Oscat bait film ever! Nolan is a true director , watch any of his films. Anybody who is a fan of Nolan or not can agree that he has true talent as a director. Jolie has the money and the connections to make her Oscar bait film happen. Go watch her crapfest ITLOBAH if that pleases you. Do you know how hard Nolan has worked for his movies? He works a lot harder then some actress-turned director who has no real directing poweress. Jolie will buy her award nominations probably through bribery. Just like how she bought her GG nominated for The Tourist even though she and Johnny Depp and the whole movie got panned.

Jo

How did Bennett Miller move down the list? I’d say his chances are a hell of a lot better than Jolie’s.

hgdhd

It’s Ava DuVernay, not Ana DuVernay

Ida

If you’ve seen the trailer for Unbroken, then your calling Jolie an "amateur" is just dumb. I think she’s going to get a lot of nominations for that film. And you have no idea how hard she’s worked — were you there? She is a "real director," and I’m sure Nolan would be the first one to say that if he were asked. You fanboys need to stop being so threatened by strong women. They’re not going away, so grow up.

Ezra

Nudge PTA up a couple notches, man.

Paulo

Where is Tommy Lee Jones?

Huvane

If they give Jolie a Best Director nod before Christopher Nolan, then the Academy is stupid. Why give an amateur a nod and not a real director?

avonlies

Eww please don’t give Angelina Jolie a nom. There are actual women directors who have worked a lot harder then her and still don’t have noms or wins. This movie looks like such a Oscar bait film. Especially the part in the trailer where the guy is like "hit me again!!!" LOL.

irish dude

I would predict: 1 James Marsh – The Theory of Everything. 2 Linklater – Boyhood. 3 Miller – Foxcatcher, 4 Inárritu – Birdman 5. Nolan – Interstellar.. I would love Anderson to be there but there is talk of pacing problems and lack of a coherent structure, whether that is intentional or not to go with the drugged up stoner theme not sure as of yet. Pretty meta this year especially Birdman. Cant wait to see them all. :D

irish dude

Gone Girl was terrible, there either were huge errors in it if it was a thriller, or if it was a thriller farce it didnt work at all in my opinion. Also everyone i have asked who has seen it thinks the same. Very disappointing.

Areyoutalkingme?

Winner: Richard Linklater, "Boyhood"
|||Nominees: .Alejandro González Iñárritu, "Birdman" .David Fincher, "Gone Girl" .Bennett Miller, "Foxcatcher" . Angelina Jolie, "Unbroken"
|||Possibly: .Ana DuVernay, "Selma" . Morten Tyldum, "The Imitation Game" .Christopher Nolan, "Interstellar" . Paul Thomas Anderson, "Inherent Vice" .Mike Leigh, "Mr. Turner"

Ryan O.

Nolan has never been nominated for Best Director, only Original Screenplay.

Bob

First Prdictions: 1)Richard Linklater – Boyhood 2)David Fincher – Gone Girl 3)Alejandro González Iñárritu – Birdman 4)Christopher Nolan – Interstellar 5)Clint Eastwood – American Sniper
Runner Up:
Bennett Miller – Foxcatcher

Dany

Inherent Vice seems to be a dud, so PTA’s chances are pretty slim at this point.

JoeDub

Most of you people really blow at predicting this stuff:
Richard Linklater. Alejandro Inarritu. Christopher Nolan. Bennett Miller. And a wildcard spot that’ll probably be fought for between Fincher, Jolie, and PTA… Really not that complicated.

hdhdhhdhd

BENNETT MILLER IS A SAFE BET YOU PUNKS

kevin

David Ayer? Based on what?

Pierce

It’s Ava DuVernay. Not Ana.

Brett

Clint Eastwood for American Sniper should be here

Kayell

You forgot Michael R. Roskam. The Academy had fallen in love with him after his feature film debut in 2011, which got nominated for Best Foreign Language. His American debut, The Drop, will surely get strong consideration.

Mike

I would add Ira Sachs, director of LOVE IS STRANGE.

Laura

What about Ava Duvernay?

Joe H.

This is a tough category to predict, but clearly the two best bets at this point are Linklater and Miller. Linklater may lose too much momentum in the race and miss the nod, we’ll just have to wait and see. But I think Miller is pretty safe. He’s a regular Oscar darling, and Foxcatcher will likely preform well at the Oscars. I still don’t think Anderson will score a nom just because the Academy has a history of snubbing him and it doesn’t help that Budapest came out so early in the year, already damaging its Oscar chances. It has a decent shot at a screenplay nod, but I don’t see it scoring many big ones. I really really hope I’m wrong though. Because it is a spectacular film.

G.S.

Nolan has never been nominated in the directing category before. Only writing and producing.

Shelly

Ava DuVernay

Duane

No prediction for Ava DuVernay?

Brett

Christopher Nolan
Richard Linklater
J.C. Chandor
Angelina Jolie
Tim Burton
Bennett Miller
Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu
Paul Thomas Anderson
Rob Marshall
David Fincher

Gerson

All of this guys have a chance:

Paul Thomas Anderson – Inherent Vice
Christopher Nolan – Interstellar
Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel
David Fincher – Gone Girl
Bennett Miller – Foxcatcher
Morten Tyldum – The Imitation Game
Angelina Jolie – Unbroken
Anton Cornbjin – A Most Wanted Man
David Ayer – Fury
Ridley Scott – Exodus: Gods and Kings
Tim Burton – Big Eyes
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu – Birdman
Tommy Lee Jones – The Homesman
JC Chandor – A Most Violent Year
Tate Taylor – Get on Up
Rob Marshall – Into the Woods
Jean-Marc Valle – Wild
James Marsh – Theory of Everything
Richard Linklater – Boyhood
David Dobkin – The Judge
David Cronenberg – Maps to the Stars
Michael Cuesta – Kill the Messenger
Cameron Crowe – Volcano Romance
Stephen Daldry – Trash
Jason Reitman – Men, Women & Children
Dan Gilroy – Nightcrawler
Oliver Assayas – Clouds of Sils Maria
David Michod – The Rover
Sarah Gavron – Sufragette
Damien Chazelle – Whiplash
Mike Leigh – Mr. Turner
Ned Benson – The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby

Brett

Ridley Scott should be on this list!!!

Ian

What about Ridley Scott for Exodus: Gods and Kings? I know the past couple films he's done have been duds but that is truly through no fault of his own. Hopefully the studios don't cut his film short and give the full cut of his movie that he envisions.

Brett

I know it seems way too early to talk about but next year we have Scorsese, O.Russell, Spielberg, Zemeckis, and Tarentino…How cool would it be to see those directors compete for the first time in 2016?

Brett

I swear to God they better give Christopher Nolan his first directing nomination because unlike Gravity, this space film (Along with Apollo 13 which I still couldn't believe got snubbed for directing) seems like there's more of a plot to it

Brett

Updated list:
Tim Burton
Christopher Nolan
Richard Linklater
Bennett Miller
Angelina Jolie
Bryan Singer
Tate Taylor
Rob Marshall
Paul Thomas Anderson
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

Thomas

This site is clearly not a fan of Nolan's, because Interstellar, according to this, will get no accolades, despite many predictions have it in the top two in a lot of non-acting categories, and some even have that.

Brett

Top 10:
1. Paul Thomas Anderson
2. Tim Burton
3. Angelina Jolie
4. David Fincher
5. Bennett Miller
6. Clint Eastwood
7. Wes Anderson
8. Richard Linklater
9. Christopher Nolan
10. JC Chandor

Brett

Bryan Singer should be on this list!

Brett

Judging by the lukewarm reviews for Map to the Stars, I'd probably replace David Cronenberg with Clint Eastwood

Erika

Poor David Michod. Always forgotten.

Hackman

Top 15:

1. Paul Thomas Anderson – Inherent Vice
2. Christopher Nolan – Interstellar
3. Bennet Miller – Foxcatcher
4. Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel
5. Angelina Jolie – Unbroken

6. David Fincher – Gone Girl
7. Tim Burton – Big Eyes
8. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu – Birdman
9. JC Chandor – A Most Violent Year
10. David Ayer – Fury

11. Richard Linklater – Boyhood
12. Morten Tyldum – The Imitation Game
13. Tommy Lee Jones – The Homesman
14. David Cronenberg – Maps to the Stars
15. Clint Eastwood – Jersey Boys

Cristian P

I think Christopher Nolan will be nominated for this (or Original Screenplay). The movie seems to be an emotional pull and adrenaline filled science fiction, which is hard to manage. Angelina Jolie is probably going to receive her first Director nomination if the film is executed great. Paul Thomas Anderson no doubt should get a nomination especially since he was snubbed for "The Master." I hope Richard Linklater finally gets the nomination he deserved for the Before trilogy, and "Boyhood" is definitely the movie to do it since it did take 12 years to make and no one has ever done something like that in the history of cinema. I have a suspicion that J.C. Chandor will get his nomination for screenplay rather than directing. My love for David Fincher says that he should get a nomination, though this movie feels like all the other crime/thriller films he's done and he never receives nominations for those films, only dramas. I don't think Rob Marshall can pull off a nomination, though I do think "Into the Woods" will be good. Overall, this would have to be my prediction for now:
Christopher Nolan – Interstellar
Bennett Miller – Foxcatcher
Paul Thomas Anderson – Inherent Vice
Richard Linklater – Boyhood
Angelina Jolie – Unbroken

luke

Bennett Miller and Chris Nolan better get a nomination.

Brett

If the Academy decided to expand major categories like this to 10 nominees like they did for Best Picture, my picks would be:

1. Christopher Nolan
2. Tim Burton
3. Angelina Jolie
4. Paul Thomas Anderson
5. JC Chandor
6. Bennett Miller
7. David Fincher
8. Ridley Scott
9. Rob Marshall
10. Clint Eastwood

Brett

Stephen Daldry is the perfect example of Oscar bait, I'm not a fan of his movies and nominating him over other great directors (like how he got in over Peter Jackson in 2002, Ed Harris in 2000, and Christopher Nolan in 2008) kinda pisses me off

Brett

What about Ridley Scott?

Winston

First Predictions:

1. Christopher Nolan – Interstellar
2. David Fincher – Gone Girl
3. Paul Thomas Anderson – Inherent Vice
4. Richard Linklater – Boyhood
5. Angelina Jolie – Unbroken

Max

My First Predictions:

David Ayer – Fury
J. C. Chandor – A Most Violent Year
David Fincher – Gone Girl
Angelina Jolie – Unbroken
Bennett Miller – Foxcatcher

Brett

Where the hell is Clint, punk?

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