OSCAR PREDICTIONS: Best Director

Updated: January 13, 2018

AND THE PREDICTED NOMINEES ARE

1

Guillermo del Toro
“The Shape of Water” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

PROS:
Was a near miss for "Pan's Labyrinth" and has lots of respect. Early word is that the film is a technical marvel. That usually helps the director.
CONS:
Will the film be too strange for voters?

2

Martin McDonagh
“Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

PROS:
"In Bruges" was fantastic and "Seven Psychopaths" was well liked. The film won TIFF audience award. Could it catch on like "Dallas Buyers Club" or "The Grand Budapest Hotel?"
CONS:
The film could catch on in many categories but this one would be a bit more difficult. Plus, screenplay is a good way to reward him.

3

Greta Gerwig
“Lady Bird” (A24)

PROS:
Is said to be a natural in the director's chair. Can she rally the troops?
CONS:
She's had a hard enough time getting in screenplay for the past few years. The very competitive Director's branch can easily look elsewhere.

4

Jordan Peele
“Get Out” (Universal Pictures)

PROS:
Directed the most critically well-received film of the year so far. With a likely nod from the DGA (for First-Time Director), could this happen in the end?
CONS:
The director of a horror-comedy is as far-fetched as they come (until it happens).

5

Christopher Nolan
“Dunkirk” (Warner Bros.)

PROS:
Has delivered many audience friendly films over the years and has the aura of "OVERDUE" likely more than any other director at the moment. This is Academy friendly and one of the best reviewed films of the year.
CONS:
They pass him over in this category even when they like the film (i.e. "Inception" and "The Dark Knight"). Summer release could have them "forget."

NEXT IN LINE

6

Dee Rees
“Mudbound” (Netflix)

PROS:
The acclaimed director of "Pariah," taking on a timely subject material. Sundance reviews were big. Could she achieve where Ava DuVernay came up short a few years ago for "Selma?"
CONS:
Netflix hasn't quite tapped into the Oscar sphere in a major way yet. The track record of women in the director's branch is also a factor.

7

Joe Wright
“Darkest Hour” (Focus Features)

PROS:
Winston Churchill is a great subject to get noticed with. Missed out on "Atonement" and people still remember.
CONS:
Needs the reviews to be intact and critics to notice.

8

Steven Spielberg
“The Post” (20th Century Fox)

PROS:
Iconic director taking on a subject that feels as timely as ever. Previous winner of "Saving Private Ryan" and "Schindler's List." There are even some that still say he should have won for "Lincoln" and "Munich."
CONS:
The movie is a late comer and when under the pressure of a date, sometimes quality can suffer.

9

Luca Guadagnino
“Call Me By Your Name” (Sony Pictures Classics)

PROS:
Sundance praised the film and his direction. Could he be the passionate, surprise entry of the year (i.e. Benh Zeitlin, Mike Leigh, Terrence Malick).
CONS:
Though he has accomplishments that critics will cite under his belt, he's a newbie in terms of Oscars.

10

Sean Baker
“The Florida Project” (A24)

PROS:
Director of "Tangerine" pushed by A24. Vocal fans out of Cannes and screening at TIFF and NYFF.
CONS:
The film's direction is rather understated and if he gets his due, it'll likely come in Screenplay.

OTHER TOP TIER CONTENDERS

11

Denis Villeneuve
“Blade Runner 2049” (Warner Bros.)

PROS:
Off his first nod for ARRIVAL and continues to be one of the more exciting directors.
CONS:
Sequels are hard sells. It'll need to show considerable strength below-the-line.

12

Ridley Scott
“All the Money in the World” (Sony Pictures)

PROS:
One of the unrecognized directors and even has a recent snub under his belt for "The Martian." Can he finally have his Martin Scorsese moment?
CONS:
His work is inconsistent as proven by "Alien: Covenant" earlier this year.

13

Paul Thomas Anderson
“Phantom Thread” (Focus Features)

PROS:
Paul Thomas Anderson has been snubbed far too often to be declared a "guarantee" but from this far out, he seems reasonable for a long overdue nod/win.
CONS:
He's an acquired taste for many. Late entry in the race.

14

Craig Gillespie
“I, Tonya” (NEON)

PROS:
It's said to be his finest film yet and 3rd place for the TIFF audience award could be a good start for a surprising entry.
CONS:
Seems more of an acting piece than anything else.

15

Kathryn Bigelow
“Detroit” (Annapurna Pictures)

PROS:
Previous winner of "The Hurt Locker" and was famously snubbed for "Zero Dark Thirty." Her work on "Detroit" is passionate and palpable.
CONS:
Everyone seems to be in heavy agreement about their dislike of the film's final act. That could cost her. Plus, poor box office.

16

Patty Jenkins
“Wonder Woman” (Warner Bros.)

PROS:
Warner Bros. will be mounting a serious campaign and Jenkins has been the story of the film's success. She may be closer than we think.
CONS:
A director from a superhero film? I'll believe it when I see it.

17

Scott Cooper
“Hostiles” (Entertainment Studios)

PROS:
Cooper has gathered admirers since his openings of "Out of the Furnace" and "Black Mass." The Telluride crowd really responded.
CONS:
The film is a tough watch. Will enough voters see it?

18

Sofia Coppola
“The Beguiled” (Focus Features)

PROS:
Previous nominee for Best Director ("Lost in Translation") and winner at Cannes. One of the strongest directions to come out of the first half of the year.
CONS:
With the latter season films heating up, will people remember/care about the film and her direction?

19

Todd Haynes
“Wonderstruck” (Amazon Studios)

PROS:
Oscar-nominee for "Far from Heaven" and was a HUGE omission in 2015 for "Carol." Cannes reviews were positive.
CONS:
Cannes was good but it wasn't "Carol" level good. He needs a resurgence at NYFF (and Telluride).

20

Stephen Frears
“Victoria and Abdul” (Focus Features)

PROS:
Multiple nominee of "The Queen" and "The Grifters." Taking on a British period piece that can speak to a certain voting bloc.
CONS:
The film is rather light for a Director nomination. They'll need to really love it.

ALSO IN CONTENTION

21

Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris
“Battle of the Sexes” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

PROS:
The acclaimed duo of "Little Miss Sunshine" is taking on a topic that may resonate deeper than many think.
CONS:
Even when "Little Miss Sunshine" was threatening to take the win, they were passed over. Could be too lightweight for voters.

22

Darren Aronofsky
“mother!” (Paramount Pictures)

PROS:
The Oscar-nominated director of "Black Swan." The movie is a heavily directed piece and he could get a pocket of support.
CONS:
The movie is a hard watch and has its vocal critics.

23

Joon-ho Bong
“Okja” (Netflix)

PROS:
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CONS:
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24

Edgar Wright
“Baby Driver ” (TriStar Pictures)

PROS:
A summer popcorn flick that got tons of respect. You never know how many votes one can get until it shows up.
CONS:
A genre film in Best Director? With the stench of Kevin Spacey around it? Don't think so.

25

Rian Johnson
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” (Walt Disney Pictures)

PROS:
Sooner or later, "Star Wars" will enter the Best Picture race in a big way. The director would likely come for that ride too.
CONS:
Is this the one?

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  • Robotman

    I hope Christopher Nolan wins Best Director.

  • Baggins

    my picks as of right now in Alphabetical order

    Woody Allen – Wonder Wheel
    Guillermo Del Toro – The Shape of Water
    Christopher Nolan – Dunkirk
    Steven Spielberg – The Post
    Joe Wright – Darkest Hour

  • Sentinel666

    my predictions:

    1.Guillermo Del Toro “The Shape of Water”
    2.Luca Guadagnino “Call Me By Your Name”
    3.James Franco “The Disaster Artist”
    4.Martin McDonagh “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
    5.Paul Thomas Anderson “Phantom Thread”

    next in line:

    6.Denis Villeneuve “Blade Runner 2049”
    7.Richard Linklater “Last Flag Flying”
    8.Jordan Peele “Get Out”
    9.Greta Gerwig “Lady Bird”
    10.Taylor Sheridan “Wind River”

  • Cornelius Buttersby

    McDonagh as a winner is a great pick, especially since nearly everyone will be predicting a split. However, the model I see for it is that of Spotlight – winning Best Picture with just a Screenplay win due to preferential balloting, while something more ambitious and divisive wins Best Director.

    As such, though McDonagh is safe for a nomination, I think Best Director will come down to either Del Toro or Nolan. Since I still struggle to see Dunkirk getting in with Rylance, and directors usually need an acting or screenplay nom, I give the edge to Guillermo Del Toro.

    Spielberg could play spoiler, and make a narrative as a worth lone-director winner to put him on par with John Ford as a three-time Oscar winner, but it’s hard to bite the bullet on that until The Post premieres.

    After those four, my gut says Sean Baker gets in on The Florida Project’s passion votes – the film is a clear passion project, and he is a multi-hyphenate who has been gathering career momentum with his recent output (the iPhone-wielding ingenuity of Tangerine in particular has been brought up a lot in interviews and film schools [mine at least; this could be a bubble]).

    This of course leaves out Joe Wright, but I think passion for his film may dwindle and leave him as a Ridley Scott/The Martian or Paul Greengrass/Captain Phillips esque surprise miss that people will ultimately be okay with.

    The next contenders in line would, I think, be Luca Guadagnino (who could easily rally with passion votes if the love for his film continues to build), Villeneuve (if the film does get in, he’d be an easy get, and help to pad out a category of mostly-first-time-nominees), Scott/Thomas Anderson (if either of their films end up in contention they could ride career kudos into surprise last-minute nominations). Further down the line, there could be a surprise nominee (or not-so-surprise nominee depending on how the Best Picture narrative plays out) like Jordan Peele, Dee Rees, Craig Gillespie, Richard Linklater, or Michael Gracey.

    Therefore my current five are:

    Sean Baker- The Florida Project (indie upstart a la Abrahamson, Zeitlin, Daniels)
    Guillermo Del Toro- The Shape of Water (Tech-contender)
    Martin McDonagh- Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (along for a nom to couple with
    his Best Picture contender)
    Christopher Nolan- Dunkirk (Tech-contender Pt. 2)
    Steven Spielberg- The Post (all new-timer categories are exceedingly rare)

  • Cornelius Buttersby

    McDonagh as a winner is a great pick, especially since nearly everyone will be predicting a split. However, the model I see for it is that of Spotlight – winning Best Picture with just a Screenplay win due to preferential balloting, while something more ambitious and divisive wins Best Director.

    As such, though McDonagh is safe for a nomination, I think Best Director will come down to either Del Toro or Nolan. Since I still struggle to see Dunkirk getting in with Rylance, and directors usually need an acting or screenplay nom, I give the edge to Guillermo Del Toro.

    Spielberg could play spoiler, and make a narrative as a worth lone-director winner to put him on par with John Ford as a three-time Oscar winner, but it’s hard to bite the bullet on that until The Post premieres.

    After those four, my gut says Sean Baker gets in on The Florida Project’s passion votes – the film is a clear passion project, and he is a multi-hyphenate who has been gathering career momentum with his recent output (the iPhone-wielding ingenuity of Tangerine in particular has been brought up a lot in interviews and film schools [mine at least; this could be a bubble]).

    This of course leaves out Joe Wright, but I think passion for his film may dwindle and leave him as a Ridley Scott/The Martian or Paul Greengrass/Captain Phillips esque surprise miss that people will ultimately be okay with.

    The next contenders in line would, I think, be Luca Guadagnino (who could easily rally with passion votes if the love for his film continues to build), Villeneuve (if the film does get in, he’d be an easy get, and help to pad out a category of mostly-first-time-nominees), Scott/Thomas Anderson (if either of their films end up in contention they could ride career kudos into surprise last-minute nominations). Further down the line, there could be a surprise nominee (or not-so-surprise nominee depending on how the Best Picture narrative plays out) like Jordan Peele, Dee Rees, Craig Gillespie, Richard Linklater, or Michael Gracey.

    Therefore my current five are:

    Sean Baker- The Florida Project (indie upstart a la Abrahamson, Zeitlin, Daniels)
    Guillermo Del Toro- The Shape of Water (Tech-contender)
    Martin McDonagh- Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (along for a nom to couple with
    his Best Picture contender)
    Christopher Nolan- Dunkirk (Tech-contender Pt. 2)
    Steven Spielberg- The Post (all new-timer categories are exceedingly rare)

  • Cornelius Buttersby

    McDonagh as a winner is a great pick, especially since nearly everyone will be predicting a split. However, the model I see for it is that of Spotlight – winning Best Picture with just a Screenplay win due to preferential balloting, while something more ambitious and divisive wins Best Director.

    As such, though McDonagh is safe for a nomination, I think Best Director will come down to either Del Toro or Nolan. Since I still struggle to see Dunkirk getting in with Rylance, and directors usually need an acting or screenplay nom, I give the edge to Guillermo Del Toro.

    Spielberg could play spoiler, and make a narrative as a worth lone-director winner to put him on par with John Ford as a three-time Oscar winner, but it’s hard to bite the bullet on that until The Post premieres.

    After those four, my gut says Sean Baker gets in on The Florida Project’s passion votes – the film is a clear passion project, and he is a multi-hyphenate who has been gathering career momentum with his recent output (the iPhone-wielding ingenuity of Tangerine in particular has been brought up a lot in interviews and film schools [mine at least; this could be a bubble]).

    This of course leaves out Joe Wright, but I think passion for his film may dwindle and leave him as a Ridley Scott/The Martian or Paul Greengrass/Captain Phillips esque surprise miss that people will ultimately be okay with.

    The next contenders in line would, I think, be Luca Guadagnino (who could easily rally with passion votes if the love for his film continues to build), Villeneuve (if the film does get in, he’d be an easy get, and help to pad out a category of mostly-first-time-nominees), Scott/Thomas Anderson (if either of their films end up in contention they could ride career kudos into surprise last-minute nominations). Further down the line, there could be a surprise nominee (or not-so-surprise nominee depending on how the Best Picture narrative plays out) like Jordan Peele, Dee Rees, Craig Gillespie, Richard Linklater, or Michael Gracey.

    Therefore my current five are:

    Sean Baker- The Florida Project (indie upstart a la Abrahamson, Zeitlin, Daniels)
    Guillermo Del Toro- The Shape of Water (Tech-contender)
    Martin McDonagh- Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (along for a nom to couple with
    his Best Picture contender)
    Christopher Nolan- Dunkirk (Tech-contender Pt. 2)
    Steven Spielberg- The Post (all new-timer categories are exceedingly rare)

  • Baggins

    My choices as of right now in alphabetical order

    Kathryn Bigelow – Detroit
    Richard Linklater – Last Flag Flying
    Christopher Nolan – Dunkirk
    Guillermo del Toro – The Shape of Water
    Joe Wright – Darkest Hour

  • hepwa

    I don’t buy the gossipy pearl clutching about “The Post”, so mine:

    Luca Guadanigno – Call Me by Your Name
    Christopher Nolan – Dunkirk
    Guillermo del Toro – The Shape Of Water
    Martin McDonagh – Three Billboards…
    Steven Spielberg – The Post

    That’s a pretty healthy roster, actually. I absolutely don’t think Joe Wright has a chance for a mediocre film carried by a single performance. But then, I think Wright is overrated in general.

  • Oreo

    Martin McDonagh
    Christopher Nolan
    Guillermo Del Toro
    Greta Gerwig
    Luca Guadagnino

    Next in line:
    Denis Villeneuve (I’d love if he could snatch a nomination)
    P.T Anderson
    Dee Rees
    Jordan Peele
    Steven Spielberg (cause you can never know)
    Joe Wright

    I’d love to see a breakthrough in directing for Lanthimos and Baker but I guess they can find love in the Original Screenplay category.
    Also I know it won’t happened but both James Mangold & Matt Reeves did a great job.

  • Demetra

    Guillermo del Toro – “The Shape of Water”
    Martin McDonagh – “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
    Greta Gerwig – “Lady Bird”
    Steven Spielberg – “The Post”
    Luca Guadagnino – “Call Me by Your Name”

  • Facundillo

    you really didn’t like Call me by your name

    • Lamar

      Clayton gave Call Me By Your Name 3.5/4 stars…so yeah I’d say that it’s his least favorite film of the year.

      • Demetra

        Idk. He also had Moonlight very low in his predictions last year until it got nearer to the ceremony date. Maybe it’s a LGBT thing? Who knows!

        • Lamar

          So just because a movie is LGBT-centered it should automatically be in the number 1 spot for predictions? Of course his prediction of Moonlight improved as we got closer, because that’s when the other awards were given out. If CMBYN starts winning everything, then yes, it should be labeled as a front runner. Until then, remember these are Oscar predictions, not Gospel.

          • Demetra

            Where did I say that every LGBT film needs to be #1? Why are you getting so hostile over this?

            • Lamar

              Firstly, you implied that Clayton was biased against LGBT films, which simply isn’t true. And to your point about being hostile…I’ve no idea what you’re talking about since I never attacked you. I explained why Moonlight crept up on predictions and stated that these are just predictions, they aren’t a personal favorite list. Please point out where I was hostile and I will apologize if need be.

            • Kevin

              You claimed someone was homophobic and had problems with LGBT people just because the movie isn’t predicted exactly where you think it should be. I’d call that not only hostile, but offensive, pathetic, and stupid.

        • Before you start talking out of your ass and accusing me of some inflammatory, non-sensical bias against LGBTQ films, here are my predictions from this time last year. It’s all these individuals that are all or nothing on “Call Me by Your Name” that will end up ruining its chances on the circuit. You can like something and it not be the best thing you’ve seen in the history of ever.

          https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a829cd4dfeaa38cf239cb4f7ccc5f708ecfb185da41f89c87780af4a6beffb92.png

  • Sentinel666

    1.Guillermo Del Toro “The Shape of Water” (Winner)
    2.Martin McDonagh “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
    3.Luca Guadagnino “Call Me By Your Name”
    4.James Franco “The Disaster Artist” (Alt. Winner)
    5.Joe Wright “Darkest Hour”

  • Reece

    Out of all the fields of praise for Mudbound, Dee Rees’ direction is getting the most attention. I wouldn’t even be surprised if Mudbound missed Picture but got a Director nod.

  • Isaac

    Greta Gerwig Ladies and Gentleman

  • Emi Grant

    I honestly feel like if Dee Rees doesn’t make it, it’ll be either Guadagnino or Joe Wright cracking the last spot, the top 4 looks pretty accurate.

    • Calvin Damon

      I honestly don’t think Gerwig makes director in the end either. It’s just not really a director’s kind of movie. But I might have a bias because I only think the movie is fine.

      • Emi Grant

        Well, I haven’t watched it yet, but I really hope it great

  • Is there any reason to believe AMPAS have warmed up to Netflix since the days of Beats of No Nation? I wouldn’t place any bets on Mudbound before being certain of that.

  • DaKardii

    POST CRITICS CHOICE NOMINATIONS PREDICTION

    1. Steven Spielberg — The Post
    2. Guillermo Del Toro — The Shape of Water
    3. Christopher Nolan — Dunkirk
    4. Greta Gerwig — Lady Bird
    5. Martin McDonagh — Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    6. Luca Guadagnino — Call Me By Your Name
    7. Jordan Peele — Get Out
    8. Dee Rees — Mudbound
    9. Paul Thomas Anderson — Phantom Thread
    10. Joe Wright — Darkest Hour

  • DaKardii

    POST-GOLDEN GLOBES NOMINATIONS PREDICTION

    1. Guillermo Del Toro – The Shape of Water
    2. Steven Spielberg – The Post
    3. Christopher Nolan – Dunkirk
    4. Martin McDonagh – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
    5. Greta Gerwig – Lady Bird

    6. Luca Guadagnino – Call Me By Your Name
    7. Ridley Scott- All the Money in the World
    8. Jordan Peele – Get Out
    9. Dee Rees – Mudbound
    10. Paul Thomas Anderson – Phantom Thread

  • Michael Eduard Gschwandtner

    I don’t see Mudbound sneeking into that race. Dee Rees gets her nomination in Screenplay, but I see no signs that the movie comes back in such a strong year.

    For now, Nolan and del Toro seem to be clearly in (and one of them will most likely win), Gerwig with good chances despite being snubbed at the Globes.

    Behind that, it seems to be a race between (from likely to unlikely) Spielberg, McDonagh, Guadagnino and Scott (if they want to reward him for re-shooting parts of the movie).

    Take Baker and Peele as potential but very unlikely spoiler, at the same level as Dee Rees.

  • Alfred

    In a year of 9 stunning directions by women, along with 27 women directing record track in foreign language film, and the sex scandals (oscars tend to think about the current news), it’s obvious that, fairly, one or two female directors are gonna be in. Chloe Zhao, Valerie Faris and Margaret Betts are very long shots, but the other 6 are fighting very strong for one of the 5 spots: Greta Gerwig, Dees Rees (she deserved it for Pariah as well), Patty Jenkins (from the sci-fi action films she is the one with possibilities and not Denis Villeneuve), Angelina Jolie (don’t underestimate some foreign language films that are overlooked in the critics circle but in the oscar race they surprisingly get in, such as Life is beautiful 1998, especially for a movie star that goes foreign she can pull a surprise), the previous winner Kathryn Bigelow and the previous nominated Sofia Coppola. The 5 nominations are gonna be between these 14 directors: Steven Spielberg, Christopher Nolan, Guillermo del Toro, Martin McDonagh, Luca Guadagnino, Jordan Peele, Sean Baker, Ridley Scott and the 6 female directors mentioned above. Joe Wright and Paul Thomas Anderson don’t have a chance. They are out in every single critics choice.

    • Emi Grant

      Dude, you’re totally overthinking it when you think Patty Jenkins has a chance

  • TomNewYorker

    My Prediction are

    Christopher Nolan-Dunkirk
    Guillermo Del Toro-The Shape of Water
    Greta Gerwig-Lady Bird
    Martin McDonagh-Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
    Steven Speilberg-The Post

  • John

    To preclude Nolan from the lineup due to Dunkirk missing SAG ensemble makes little sense. Last year only two ensembles had their director nominated at the Oscars same with 2015.

  • DaKardii

    POST-GOLDEN GLOBES NOMINATIONS PREDICTION

    1. Steven Spielberg- The Post
    2. Martin McDonagh- Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
    3. Guillermo del Toro- The Shape of Water
    4. Christopher Nolan- Dunkirk
    5. Greta Gerwig- Lady Bird

    6. Luca Guadagnino- Call Me by Your Name
    7. Jordan Peele- Get Out
    8. Ridley Scott- All the Money in the World
    9. Dee Rees- Mudbound
    10. Paul Thomas Anderson- Phantom Thread

  • michaeldal65

    There’s no way on earth Nolan won’t make Top 5, and win. Probably move Rees out of there.

    • Keith Clark

      Nolan will most likely WIN, and in my opinion, Denis Villeneuve should be nominated as well.

  • Isabele Gomes

    Christopher Nolan for Dunkirk outros?????Best Director 2018 !!!

  • DaKardii

    NEW YEARS PREDICTION

    DEFINITELY GETTING NOMINATED

    Guillermo del Toro – The Shape Of Water
    Martin McDonagh – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
    Christopher Nolan – Dunkirk
    Steven Spielberg – The Post

    WILD CARDS

    Greta Gerwig – Lady Bird
    Luca Guadagnino – Call Me By Your Name
    Jordan Peele – Get Out
    Ridley Scott- All The Money In The World

  • Michael Eduard Gschwandtner

    I just don’t get your inclusion of Dee Rees. Please help me.
    As far as I know, she is only 8th with precursors, Mudbound was not recognized at the Globes, PGAs or apart. The only thing is a SAG Ensemble nod. The movie seems to be dead for now maybe getting in if they make it 10 BP nominees.

    Especially in a year with so many talented and great Directors (Gerwig, McDonagh, Peele, Nolan finally making it,…) it seems strange to place Dee Rees #4. But prove me wrong.

    To me, Nolan, del Toro and Gerwig are in. McDonagh seems likely. Spielberg or Peele or even Gillespie are all with better chances than Rees, I think.

    • Alex German

      I wish he would just give some sort of explanation for including her.
      Even if it’s just that she is his personal fav director pick….

  • Keith Clark

    If Christopher Nolan does not win, I’m blaming Martin McDonagh.

    • Lamar

      What does that even mean?

      • Reece

        Keith means business.

  • Valentín

    FINAL PREDICTIONS

    1. Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water)
    2. Martin McDonagh (Three Billboards…)
    3. Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird)
    4. Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk)
    5. Dee Rees (Mudbound)

    6. Steven Spielberg (The Post)
    7. Joe Wright (Darkest Hour)
    8. Jordan Peele (Get Out)
    9. Sofia Coppola (The Beguiled)
    10. Denis Villeneuve (Blade Runner 2049)

  • Jared

    The best director nominees should be shape of water, dunkirk, blade runner, three billboards and call me by your name. Lady bird and Florida project would also be acceptable. I haven’t seen phantom thread or the post. I’m sure peele will be nominated for get out even though his movie is about as subtle as getting hit in the face with sledge hammer.

  • DaKardii

    FINAL PREDICTIONS

    -Guillermo del Toro – The Shape of Water
    -Luca Guadagnino – Call Me By Your Name
    -Martin McDonagh – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
    -Christopher Nolan – Dunkirk
    -Steven Spielberg – The Post

  • Stop readingMyOpinionSucks

    It says Last Updated January 5 but this definitely has been updated since then.

  • kba99

    I feel like just predicting the DGA five, but there’s usually some aberration from those nominees. Maybe Guadagnino or Gillespie or Rees could upset on the morning, but who would they push out?

  • kba99

    I feel like just predicting the DGA five, but there’s usually some aberration from those nominees. Maybe Guadagnino or Scott or Rees could upset on the morning, but who would they push out?

  • Final Predictions:

    Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water
    Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird
    Luca Guadagnino, Call Me by Your Name
    Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk
    Jordan Peele, Get Out