Smell of Popcorn

film reviews & musings by Max Lalanne

Early Oscar predictions…let’s go and pick the Best Director nominees

Posted by Max Lalanne on June 4, 2012

The pundits over at Gold Derby have already posted their first prognostications for the 2012-2013 Best Picture Oscar race, so here I am throwing out my early predictions for the Best Director nominations. Ah yes, ’tis the time of the year for me to start launching them willy-nilly into the blogosphere, and hoping it sticks and I’m not making a total fool of myself once the awards season really starts post-summer. This is fun. Choosing the six nominees right now, I’m tentatively picking in no particular order the elite six -Paul Thomas Anderson (The Master), Chris Nolan (The Dark Knight Rises), Tom Hooper (Les MisĂ©rables), Steven Spielberg (Lincoln), Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained), and Joss Whedon (The Avengers). (Yes, more on that last one coming up.) The other very possible possibilities are Baz Lurhmann (The Great Gatsby) Peter Jackson (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey), Ridley Scott (Prometheus), Ang Lee (The Life of Pi), and David O. Russell (The Silver Linings Playbook). No order, for now.

I realize that the Whedon pick, while completely warranted, is unlikely considering what we know about Oscar voters, but I like to entertain myself and think that the Academy’s okay with having two comic-book movie directors, within their nominees – they both deserve the hell out of it. And that’s before seeing Dark Knight Rises, but after having been snubbed a Best Director nomination for both 2008’s The Dark Knight and 2010’s Inception – which is ludicrous, by the way – it’ll be sacrilege and total anti-Academy anarchy on my part if Nolan doesn’t get (at least…hint hint) a well-deserved nod. But thankfully, all the signs right now point to him getting one, so no need for me to get worked up. Right?

What are your early predictions for the Best Director race?

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