Best Director

Awards Nominations

* Independent Spirit Award Nominee
National Board of Review Winner
New York Film Critics Circle Winner
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Winner
Broadcast Film Critics Association Nominee

Golden Globe Nominee
* BAFTA Nominee
DGA Nominee

The Low Down:

The success of Jojo Rabbit is for sure destined to be tied to director Taika Watiti, who also stars in the film; I can’t imagine the film cleaning up and him being left behind. As the People’s Choice Winner, he has a very good head start. But watch out for Tarantino, who has never won in this category before; Once Upon A Time In… Hollywood is going to end the year as one of the biggest hits when all is said and done. 

The most important question is just how many ladies will we be able to nominate this year?! There’s a lot of worthy contenders, from Lulu Wang, Lorene Scarafia, Marielle Heller and former nominee Greta Gerwig. Let’s not make this another boring boy’s club please!

The Frontrunners:

  1. Taika Watiti, Jojo Rabbit
  2. Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon A Time In… Hollywood
  3. Todd Phillips, The Joker 
  4. Noah Baumbach, Marriage Story

The Contenders

  1. Bong Joon-Ho, Parasite
  2. Marielle Heller, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
  3. Lorene Scarafia, Hustlers 
  4. Lulu Wang, The Farewell
  5. Destin Daniel Cretton, Just Mercy
  6. James Mangold, Ford v Ferrari

Question Marks

  1. Martin Scorsese, The Irishman
  2. Greta Gerwig, Little Women
  3. Melina Matsoukas, Queen & Slim
  4. Sam Mendes, 1917