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George Clooney included: 2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Director

Post by Katiedot on Fri 28 Jul 2017, 04:44

So here we go with the Oscars predictions:

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2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Director

Paul Sheehan, Zach Laws Film Jul 27, 2017 7:30 am

One of the big questions about the 2018 Oscars is whether or not there will be a split between the winners of Best Picture and Best Director, as we’ve seen in four of the last five years. Before the academy reintroduced the preferential ballot for Best Picture in 2009, such divides were fairly rare. Now, they are the rule rather than the exception at the Academy Awards. (Scroll down for the most up-to-date predictions for this year’s Best Director race.)

Why is this?
Unlike every other Oscar category, which are decided by a popular vote, the winner of the Best Picture award is determined by a weighted ballot. Voters rank their choices from first to last, and if one nominee garners more than 50% of the first place vote, it automatically wins. If, however, no nominee can meet that threshold, the film with the fewest first place votes gets eliminated, with its ballot getting reapportioned to the second place choice. This process continues until one nominee reaches 50% plus one vote. The goal, says the academy, is to award the top Oscar to a consensus choice.

So while Ang Lee (“Life of Pi”), Alfonso Cuaron (“Gravity”), Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (“The Revenant”) and Damien Chazelle (“La La Land”) all won the Best Director Oscar, their films lost to “Argo” (2012), “12 Years a Slave” (2013), “Spotlight” (2015) and “Moonlight” (2016) respectively. Given the two different voting systems, it’s easy to understand how this can happen.

Indeed, this was a fairly common phenomenon between 1934 and 1945, when Best Picture was first determined by a preferential ballot. “Mutiny on the Bounty” (1935), “The Great Ziegfeld” (1936), “The Life of Emile Zola” (1937), and “Rebecca” (1940) all won Best Picture but their helmers lost to “The Informer” (John Ford), “Mr. Deeds Goes to Town” (Frank Capra), “The Awful Truth” (Leo McCarey) and “The Grapes of Wrath” (Ford) respectively.

Inarritu also won Best Director for a film that took the top Academy Award: “Birdman” (2014). As with “The Revenant,” this too was a bravura directorial achievement and had strong support throughout the creative categories. Indeed, all five of the most recent films that won Oscars for helming also took home the lensing prize. When it comes to Best Director, bigger is better. So, who is making that kind of movie this year?

Christopher Nolan has never been nominated by the directors branch but that could change with “Dunkirk,” which details the British retreat from France during the darkest days of World War II. He deftly captured the chaos of that evacuation with IMAX cameras. Both critics and audiences have embraced this summer hit and Oscar voters could follow suit.

Likewise for Patty Jenkins‘ “Wonder Woman,” which now ranks as the highest-grossing live-action film directed by a woman. Her first film, “Monster,” won Charlize Theron the 2003 Best Actress prize. Now, with this acclaimed comic book come to life, Jenkins could reap her first Oscar bid.

“The Hurt Locker” helmer Kathryn Bigelow was the first woman to win Best Director. She is back in contention with “Detroit,” a docudrama which recounts the 1967 police raid that lead to one of the largest citizen uprisings in US history.

Steven Spielberg claimed the first of his two Oscars for directing a true-life story (“Schindler’s List,” 1993), which was set in WWII (as was his other winner, 1998’s “Saving Private Ryan”). This year he has teamed with two multiple Oscar-winning actors — Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks — to tell the story behind the Washington Post’s publication of the “Pentagon Papers,” a series of documents prepared for the Department of Defense about the US involvement in Vietnam after WWII.

George Clooney was nominated for directing “Good Night, and Good Luck” (2006), which was a Best Picture nominee when there were only five contenders. He could return to both races with “Suburbicon,” which was written by Oscar darlings Joel and Ethan Coen (“No Country for Old Men,” “Fargo”). It’s a quirky crime drama starring Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, Josh Brolin, and Oscar Isaac.

Leading Contenders
Paul Thomas Anderson, “Phantom Thread” (Annapurna Pictures/Focus Features)
Darren Aronofsky, “mother!” (Paramount Pictures)
Kathryn Bigelow, “Detroit” (Annapurna Pictures)
George Clooney, “Suburbicon” (Paramount Pictures)
Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris, “Battle of the Sexes” (Fox Searchlight)
Guillermo del Toro, “The Shape of Water” (Fox Searchlight Picture)
Stephen Frears, “Victoria and Abdul” (Focus Features)
Patty Jenkins, “Wonder Woman” (Warner Bros.)
Richard Linklater, “Last Flag Flying” (Amazon Studios)
Christopher Nolan, “Dunkirk” (Warner Bros.)
Alexander Payne, “Downsizing”(Paramount Pictures/Annapurna Pictures)
Jordan Peele, “Get Out” (Universal)
Ridley Scott, “All the Money in the World” (Tristar)
Steven Soderbergh, “Logan Lucky” (Bleecker Street/FilmNation Entertainment)
Steven Spielberg, “The Papers” (20th Century Fox)
Denis Villeneuve, “Blade Runner 2049” (Warner Bros./Columbia Pictures/Alcon Entertainment)
Joe Wright, “Darkest Hour” (Universal Studios/Focus Features)

Strong Contenders
Hany Abu-Assad, “The Mountain Between Us” (20th Century Fox/Chernin Entertainment)
Sean Baker, “The Florida Project” (A24)
Kenneth Branagh, “Murder on the Orient Express” (20th Century Fox)
Bill Condon, “Beauty and the Beast” (Walt Disney Pictures)
Sofia Coppola, “The Beguiled” (Focus Features/Gramercy Pictures)
Simon Curtis, “Goodbye, Christopher Robin” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Garth Davis, “Mary Magdalene” (Universal)
Dan Gilroy, “Roman Israel, Esq.” (Columbia)
Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, “The Current War” (The Weinstein Company)
Michael Gracey, “The Greatest Showman” (20th Century Fox)
Michael Haneke, “Happy End” (Sony Pictures Classics)
Michel Hanzanavicius, “Redoubtable” (Studio Canal)
Todd Haynes, “Wonderstruck” (Amazon Studios)
Reginald Hudlin, “Marshall” (Open Road Films)
Peter Landesman, “Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House” (Sony Pictures Classics)
Martin McDonagh, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouriv (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Dee Rees, “Mudbound” (Netflix)
Andy Serkis, “Breathe” (Bleecker Street)
Aaron Sorkin, “Molly’s Game” (STX Entertainment)

Possible Contenders
Tomas Alfredson, “The Snowman” (Universal Studio/Working Title Films)
Woody Allen, “Wonder Wheel” (Amazon Studios)
Margaret Betts, “Novitiate” (Sony Pictures Classics)
Stephen Chbosky, “Wonder” (Lionsgate)
Destin Daniel Cretton, “The Glass Castle” (Lionsgate)
David Gordon Green, “Stronger” (Lionsgate)
Luca Guadagnino, “Call Me By Your Name” (Sony Pictures Classics)
Andrew Haigh, “Lean on Pete” (A24)
Jason Hall, “Thank You for Your Service” (Dreamworks)
Azazel Jacobs, “The Lovers” (A24)
Joseph Kosinski, “Granite Mountain” (Lionsgate/Di Bonaventura Pictures)
Yorgos Lanthimos, “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” (A24)
James Mangold, “Logan” (20th Century Fox)
Roger Michell, “My Cousin Rachel” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
David Robert Mitchell, “Under the Silver Lake” (A24)
Taylor Sheridan, “Wind River” (The Weinstein Company)
Wim Wenders, “Submergence” (Lionsgate)

In the coming weeks and months, we will be predicting all 24 of the competitive categories at the Oscars.

Best Picture | Best Director | Best Original Screenplay | Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Actor | Best Actress | Best Supporting Actor | Best Supporting Actress
Best Cinematography | Best Costume Design | Best Film Editing | Best Production Design
Best Makeup & Hairstyling | Best Sound Editing | Best Sound Mixing | Best Visual Effects
Best Score | Best Original Song
Best Animated Feature | Best Documentary Feature | Best Foreign Language Film
Best Animated Short | Best Documentary Short | Best Live-Action Short
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Re: George Clooney included: 2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Director

Post by Joanna on Fri 28 Jul 2017, 18:30

An Oscar for George for Directing would be 
the icing and the cherry on the cake for his year
wouldn't it ?

Here's Hoping !

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