Oscar Predictions: Best Director

All this week I’ll be giving you my Oscar predictions for the show’s top categories (Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress), and then, of course, I’ll be asking you to chime in with your predictions too. To kick things off I want to take a look at the Best Director category, which, in my opinion, comes down to two people: James Cameron (Avatar) and Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker).

While Cameron won the best director award at The Golden Globes, Bigelow has won similar honors for almost every critics group, as well as the DGA (Director’s Guild of America). Furthermore – and Cameron even admitted this on 60 Minutes last night – the Academy could make history by giving Bigelow the Best Director award since it would be the first time in history that a female filmmaker took home a Best Director Oscar.
My Prediction: I think it’s a close call, but in the end I have to go with Kathryn Bigelow. I think she did an outstanding job with The Hurt Locker using a number of ridiculous, guerilla-style filmmaking techniques, and the result is a brutal but beautiful film about the addictions of war and the reality of active combat.
Who do you think will win Best Director?
1.       James Cameron (Avatar)
2.       Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker)
3.       Jason Reitman (Up in the Air)
4.       Quentin Tarantino (Inglourious Basterds)
5.       Lee Daniels (Precious)

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