We have arrived at the Best Director portion of my incredibly early Oscar predictions for 2015. When I made predictions in this category last year for 2014 pics, it yielded 3 of the five eventual nominees and the other two were listed as other possibilities.
In the Director race, it’s safe to assume that all predicted directors will likely see their pictures nominated as well (my Best Picture prognostications will be up tomorrow). My current field includes three previous winners: Danny Boyle for Steve Jobs (he won in 2008 for Slumdog Millionaire), Tom Hooper for The Danish Girl (he won in 2010 for The King’s Speech), and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu for The Revenant (he won just last year for Birdman). Other previous recipients like Steven Spielberg (Bridge of Spies), Robert Zemeckis (The Walk) and Ron Howard (In the Heart of the Sea) are certainly possible as well.
David O. Russell’s last three projects (The Fighter, Silver Linings Playbook) have been showered with Oscar love so I’ll include him for December’s Joy. And Carol has been receiving festival raves and that could bode well for Todd Haynes.
Others to keep an eye out for: if The Hateful Eight garners the kind of love that Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained did, Quentin Tarantino could find himself in the mix. And don’t count out George Miller, whose direction in particular was lauded for this summer’s Mad Max: Fury Road.
And with that:
TODD’S EARLY PREDICTIONS – BEST DIRECTOR
Danny Boyle, Steve Jobs
Todd Haynes, Carol
Tom Hooper, The Danish Girl
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, The Revenant
David O. Russell, Joy
Don Cheadle, Miles Ahead
Scott Cooper, Black Mass
John Crowley, Brooklyn
Sarah Gavron, Suffragette
Michael Grandage, Genius
Ron Howard, In the Heart of the Sea
Angelina Jolie, By the Sea
Tom McCarthy, Spotlight
George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road
Jay Roach, Trumbo
Ridley Scott, The Martian
Paolo Sorrentino, Youth
Steven Spielberg, Bridge of Spies
Quentin Tarantino, The Hateful Eight
Denis Villeneueve, Sicario
Robert Zemeckis, The Walk
If you missed my previous entries covering the acting categories, they’re linked here: