Continuing on with my earliest Oscar predictions, we are at Best Director before my initial Best Picture estimates. At this juncture, it’s safe to assume that the five directors I’ve selected will all see their movies on my list for Picture when that’s posted.
Obviously we are early in the Oscar predictin’ game, but here goes with the directors!
Here’s my quick tale – the Telluride and Venice Festivals over the weekend increased the chances for several directors, including Joe Wright (Darkest Hour), Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (Battle of the Sexes), and Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water). Same goes for Alexander Payne in Downsizing, but the reaction for it has been slightly more split.
I’m reserving a predicted spot for Steven Spielberg for his Nixon era tale The Post (formerly known as The Papers). The rest of my predicted nominees are from films already out or screened. As always, lots could change but here goes for now!
TODD’S EARLY OSCAR PREDICTIONS – BEST DIRECTOR
Luca Guadagnino, Call Me by Your Name
Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk
Dee Rees, Mudbound
Steven Spielberg, The Post
Joe Wright, Darkest Hour
Paul Thomas Anderson, Phantom Thread
Darren Aronofsky, mother!
Kathryn Bigelow, Detroit
Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, Battle of the Sexes
Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water
Michael Gracey, The Greatest Showman
Patty Jenkins, Wonder Woman
Richard Linklater, Last Flag Flying
Alexander Payne, Downsizing
Denis Villeneuve, Blade Runner 2049
Best Picture is next, my friends!