Best Director

Awards Nominations

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

Golden Globe Winner
* BAFTA Nominee
DGA Winner

The Low Down:

Damien Chazelle vs. Barry Jenkins again? Both directors return to the fold with their follow ups to their Oscar winning efforts with some very formidable competition. There’s former winner Alfonso Cuarón who has nabbed “Frontrunner” status thanks to the rapturous reception of Roma. Though pundits still don’t how the Netflix of it all will be received by The Academy, everyone is sure that Cuarón at the very least is a done deal.

Veteran Spike Lee is campaigning hard for BlacKKKlansman, which will help keep the modest summer hit in the minds of voters. New kid on the block Bradley Cooper has reportedly directed the hell out of A Star Is Born (also writing and starring in it, which will definitely help his narrative here) though he’s a much surer thing for the win over in Best Actor. After that you have former screenplay nominee Yorgos Lanthimos for The Favourite, former nominee Steve McQueen for Widows and overdue Ryan Coogler for the massive Black Panther duking it out. Waiting in the wings is Adam McKay, whose unseen Dick Cheney biopic Vice will be premiering on Christmas Day. It’s following a similar late breaking strategy to The Big Short, but will he be able to pull off the same sort of success? Does the world need a film about the Cheneys now?

The Frontrunners:

  1. Alfonso Cuarón, Roma
  2. Damien Chazelle, First Man
  3. Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born
  4. Spike Lee, BlacKKKlansman

The Contenders:

  1. Barry Jenkins, If Beale Street Could Talk*
  2. Peter Farrelly, Green Book
  3. Yorgos Lanthimos, The Favourite
  4. Steve McQueen, Widows
  5. Ryan Coogler, Black Panther

Question Marks:

  1. Adam McKay, Vice