2023 Oscar Predictions: April Edition (Best Director)

Oscar predictions encompassing my first ranked selections for the 96th Academy Awards turns to Best Director. If you didn’t catch my posts on the acting contenders, you can find them at the bottom.

My initial projections for the previous ceremony at the same juncture in 2022 correctly identified Steven Spielberg (The Fabelmans) in the top five and had eventual winners the Daniels (Everything Everywhere All at Once) in sixth. I also had Martin Scorsese (Killers of the Flower Moon) and Yorgos Lanthimos (Poor Things) listed. Their pictures got pushed back and you’ll find them here yet again.

Let’s get to it, shall we?


1. Martin Scorsese, Killers of the Flower Moon

2. Denis Villeneuve, Dune: Part Two

3. Celine Song, Past Lives

4. Christopher Nolan, Oppenheimer

5. Blitz Bazawule, The Color Purple

Other Possibilities:

6. Yorgos Lanthimos, Poor Things

7. Emerald Fennell, Saltburn

8. Luca Guadagnino, Challengers

9. Todd Haynes, May December

10. Greta Gerwig, Barbie

11. Steve McQueen, Blitz

12. Ben Affleck, Air

13. Alexander Payne, The Holdovers

14. Bradley Cooper, Maestro

15. David Fincher, The Killer

Best Picture is up next!

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