Thursday, July 28, 2011

State of the Race - July Predictions: Best Director

July Predictions
George Clooney "The Ides of March"
Stephen Daldry "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close"
Alexander Payne "The Descendants"
Steven Spielberg "War Horse"
Jason Reitman "Young Adult",

Other Contenders - Clint Eastwood "J. Edgar", David Fincher "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo", Martin Scorsese "Hugo", Terrence Malick "The Tree of Life", David Cronenberg "A Dangerous Method", Phyllida Lloyd "The Iron Lady", Lynne Ramsey "We Need to Talk About Kevin", Tomas Alfredson "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy", Michel Hazanaviscius "The Artist", Tate Taylor "The Help", David Yates "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2", Bennett Miller "Moneyball", J. J. Abrams "Super 8", Woody Allen "Midnight in Paris", Roman Polanski "Carnage", Cameron Crowe "We Bought a Zoo", Steven Soderbergh "Contagion", Lone Scherfig "One Day"

Commentary - With all this talented involved, this could be an interesting year. Lots of former winners like David Fincher, Martin Scorsese, Clint Eastwood, Roman Polanski, and Soderbergh all are not currently on my predictions list, but could easily come in a take a spot, as could plenty of first time nominees and previous nominees. Steven Spielberg as won two of these and War Horse could be an Academy gold mine, and at least guarantee a nomination. The Ides of March trailer looks promising, and Clooney has proven himself apt at political representations, and with that cast, it could be a dark horse winner. I also think that The Descendants could be big, as Alexander Payne usually does a good job, and with Clooney attached, it could be an awards magnet. Jason Reitman has gotten two consecutive Best Director nominations, and I think Young Adult could be great, earning him his third in a row. Finally, I am going with Stephen Daldry for one very good reason. He has made three full-length feature films and has received an Oscar nod for all three of them.

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