With his DGA and Golden Globe wins under his belt there’s very little in the way of Alejandro G. Iñárritu (The Revenant) winning his second Best Director Oscar in a row. This would put him in same group as John Ford and Joseph Mancewicz. He could still do this without The Revenant winning Best Picture but even that is starting to look like a strong possibility (many in the Gold Rush Gang think so).
The BAFTAs are this weekend and that could throw a wrench into matters if Iñárritu doesn’t win. But his only Oscar competition there is Adam McKay (The Big Short). While The Big Short bested The Revenant at the PGA there’s not much reason to think that McKay will triumph here. Last year, BAFTA awarded Boyhood and its director Richard Linklater over the eventual Oscar winners Birdman and Iñárritu. So what if something crazy happens like Todd Haynes (Carol) or Ridley Scott (The Martian) winning? Highly unlikely, to be sure, but Carol is tied for the most nominations at BAFTA. There’s a slight crack in that doorway. What about Steven Spielberg? Bridge of Spies is the other film with the most BAFTA nominations going in but the film has made zero impact at every guild and awards showing so far this season. That seems even less likely.
So, barring a really crazy upset, Iñárritu should be a surefire winner of the next Best Director Oscar.
Here are the predictions and ranking of Best Director by the Gold Rush Gang.
|Alejandro G. Iñárritu, The Revenant||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||50|
|Adam McKay, The Big Short||2||2||2||3||4||2||2||4||2||2||35|
|Tom McCarthy, Spotlight||3||3||3||4||2||3||4||2||3||4||29|
|George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road||4||4||4||2||3||4||3||3||4||3||26|
|Lenny Abrahamson, Room||5||5||5||5||5||5||5||5||5||5||10|