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Oscar Watching: “It’s So Fluffy”… and Awful?

Best Director

12 Years and Gravity… again. Alfonso Cuarón and Steve McQueen look like the major factors here.

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

Golden Globe Predictions

Might the “overdue” factor help two-time nominee David O. Russell win?

1. Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity

2. Steve McQueen for 12 Years a Slave

3. David O. Russell for American Hustle

4. Alexander Payne for Nebraska

5. Spike Jonze for Her

6. Ethan and Joel Coen for Inside Llewyn Davis
7. Martin Scorsese for The Wolf of Wall Street
8. Paul Greengrass for Captain Phillips
9. John Lee Hancock for Saving Mr. Banks
10. Stephen Frears for Philomena

 

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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.