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Oscar Watching: Consensus Evades 2013


Best Director


While an NBR win does not solidify an Oscar nomination, the director’s branch often plays by its own rules – remember last year? I’m throwing Jonze into the mix at the expense of Paul Greengrass.

1. Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity

2. Steve McQueen for 12 Years a Slave

3. Alexander Payne for Nebraska

4. David O. Russell for American Hustle

5. Spike Jonze for Her

6. Paul Greengrass for Captain Phillips
7. Lee Daniels for Lee Daniels’ The Butler
8. Ethan and Joel Coen for Inside Llewyn Davis
9. Martin Scorsese for The Wolf of Wall Street
10. Ryan Coogler for Fruitvale Station

Also worth mentioning: Stephen Frears for Philomena, John Lee Hancock for Saving Mr. Banks, Jean-Marc Vallée for Dallas Buyers Club, John Wells for August: Osage County, Woody Allen for Blue Jasmine, Abdellatif Kechiche for Blue is the Warmest Color, Nicole Holofcener for Enough Said, Jason Reitman for Labor Day, Ron Howard for Rush, Richard Linklater for Before Midnight, Denis Villeneuve for Prisoners, Asghar Farhadi for The Past, J.C. Chandor for All is Lost, Ben Stiller for The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Asghar Farhadi for The Past

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Donovan Warren

Donovan Warren

Donovan Warren loves the wonderful world of film and all that comes with it. He specifically loves long takes, fabulous actresses, and keeping up with the Oscar season - even when it's far too early to make sense of anything.