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2015 Oscar Predictions: Best Director

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire September 9, 2014 at 11:50AM

Here's our take on the best director category.

Indiewire will provide updates of our predictions for the 87th Academy Award nominations through January 2015, when the nominations are announced.

Here are our early predictions for the Best Director prize at next year's Oscars, which could see previous nominees Paul Thomas Anderson, Stephen Daldry, David Fincher, Mike Leigh, Rob Marshall, Bennett Miller and Christopher Nolan factor into a race full of potential newbies. JC Chandor, Tim Burton, Richard Linklater (who looks like safest call at this point), James Marsh, Angelina Jolie, Wes Anderson have got Oscar love in other categories, but never here. (Kind of shocking in a few cases, for sure.)

Check out our predictions in other categories here.

The Best Bets From What We've Seen:
1. Richard Linklater, "Boyhood"
2. Alejandro González Iñárritu, "Birdman"
3. Bennett Miller, "Foxcatcher"

Strong Upcoming Contenders (At Least On Paper):
4. Angelina Jolie, "Unbroken"
5. David Ayer, "Fury"
6. Paul Thomas Anderson, "Inherent Vice"
7. Christopher Nolan, "Interstellar"
8. David Fincher, "Gone Girl"

Possibilities From What We've Seen:
9. Wes Anderson, "The Grand Budapest Hotel"
10. Mike Leigh, "Mr. Turner"
11. Morten Tyldum, "The Imitation Game"
12. James Marsh, "Theory of Everything"
13. Jon Stewart, "Rosewater"

Longer Shots? (But We Really Know Nothing):
14. JC Chandor, "A Most Violent Year"
15. Tim Burton, "Big Eyes"
16. Rob Marshall, "Into The Woods"
17. Stephen Daldry, "Trash"
18. Ana DuVernay, "Selma"

Dark Horses From What We've Seen:
20. Damien Chazelle, "Whiplash"
21. Jean-Marc Vallée, "Wild"
22. Ira Sachs, "Love is Strange"
23. Ned Benson, "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby"
24. David Cronenberg, "Map to the Stars"
25. Tommy Lee Jones, "The Homesman"

This article is related to: Awards, Awards Season, Oscars 2015