Ben Affleck – Argo
Paul Thomas Anderson – The Master
Kathryn Bigelow – Zero Dark Thirty
Tom Hooper – Les Misérables
Ang Lee – Life of Pi
David O. Russell – Silver Linings Playbook
Steven Spielberg – Lincoln
Quentin Tarantino – Django Unchained
Hmmm...After today, I'll say:
01. Steven Spielberg, Lincoln
02. Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty
03. Ben Affleck, Argo
04. Ang Lee, Life of Pi
05. Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained
06. Tom Hooper, Les Miserables
07. Michael Haneke, Amour
08. Paul Thomas Anderson, The Master
09. David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook
The first three are obviously interchangeable. Lee is a somewhat solid No. 4 in my mind. After that, it becomes much more complicated. I still think the last spot is going to Tarantino, with Hooper lurking right behind. Haneke is a decent possibility as well, but I wonder if the film is still a little too underseen. I don't have much faith in Anderson or Russell, but I suppose they still have a shot, however small that shot may be.
So we will know the whole list by the time we get to the second name (QT for Django or Hooper for Les Mis). Because Lee/Spielberg/Bigelow ain't missing. So if Lee gets called second, we know it's PTA (I have no faith in Russell).
Wow, I hadn't been paying attention to Pi's worldwide box office. It's made over 100% more than the movie it was being compared to earlier in the year Hugo (big-budget, kids' book adaptation, starring a child, magic-y, lots of 3D). And over 100% more than Brokeback Mountain. Box Office Mojo estimates it could make $200 mil more internationally. How impressive for a movie based on an "unadaptable" book.
Assuming Bafta nominates him, if the Oscars don't it'll be like the most egregious snub since...Ang Lee for S&S. C'mon, let's be a little bit less racist than that.
Ang Lee - The only 2x Bafta/DGA/Oscar-Winning Director!
Meryl on Oscars: Y’see these little babies? These are my best f***ing friends
and they never let me down. Try to get ‘em away from me and I’ll eat you alive.
Objectively speaking, there are at least 8 or 9 directors in contention this year that got better reviewed films than Ang Lee's Life of Pi. Sense and Sensibility also won ton of important critics awards from both Los Angeles and New York; while Life of Pi this year hasn't scored a single mention from any of the major critics groups (NYFCC, LAFCA, National Society of Film Critics, or even NBR) and is pretty much ignored by all the highbrow critics. Yes, it made quite a lot of money, but I doubt most film enthusiasts and critics would care if Lee was snubbed this year for an eye-popping middlebrow "family film".
Last edited by Francisand; 01-08-2013 at 11:53 PM.
Hooper is an official Dreamgirl.
No Spielberg!! That sure clears things up!