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2018 Oscar Predictions: BEST DIRECTOR (June) – Spielberg is Tops; Sean Baker, Jordan Peele, Sofia Coppola Debut

As with Best Picture, Todd Haynes enjoyed a single month at #1 with Wonderstruck but falls all the way down to #7 in Best Director for June. Also the same as Best Picture, Steven Spielberg jumps over Detroit‘s Kathryn Bigelow for the top spot.

Joe Wright (Darkest Hour) and Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk) make small moves up with Haynes’ departure as does Denis Villeneuve for Blade Runner 2049. The race for those two spots is within a single point of each other and Call My By Your Name‘s Luca Guadagnino, at #6, is only just a single point from that. A very tight race this season.

Sean Baker is the top debut this month for The Florida Project, landing at #8 – just as his film did in Best Picture. Jordan Peele (Get Out), Michael Gracey (The Greatest Showman) and Cannes Best Director winner Sofia Coppola (The Beguiled) are the other debuts; at 11, 13 and 18, respectively.

Michael Haneke (Happy End), Richard Linklater (Last Flag Flying) and Darren Aronofsky (mother!) fall off the list and Alfonso Gómez-Rejón (The Current War) re-enters at #13.

Here are the 2018 Oscar predictions in Best Director for June from the Gold Rush Gang. Keep an eye on all of the Gold Rush Gang’s 2018 Oscar predictions updated LIVE throughout the month.

Green – moves up from last month
Red – moves down from last month
Blue – debut/new entry
Orange – re-entry

BEST DIRECTOR ERIK
ANDERSON
BRYAN BONAFEDE GREG HOWARD EVAN
KOST
JASON OSIASON KENNETH
POLISHCHUK
DENIZCAN SÜRÜCÜ RICHARD
ANTHONY
ŞÜKRÜ SÖĞÜT MATT DINN TOTAL
POINTS
1 Steven Spielberg – Untitled Pentagon Papers Project 2 1 3 1 10 2 2 1 1 2 85
2 Kathryn Bigelow – Detroit 1 4 1 2 9 3 1 6 2 1 80
3 Joe Wright – Darkest Hour 3 2 5 2 6 4 5 3 5 64
4 Christopher Nolan – Dunkirk 8 2 5 4 5 7 8 7 4 4 56
5 Denis Villeneuve – Blade Runner 2049 4 6 6 7 4 5 5 4 5 9 55
6 Luca Guadagnino – Call Me By Your Name 6 3 7 3 1 10 7 3 10 6 54
7 Dan Gilroy – Inner City (possibly 2018) 9 8 3 3 2 8 3 41
8 Sean Baker – The Florida Project 5 6 6 1 10 9 8 32
9 Todd Haynes – Wonderstruck 7 8 4 6 7 23
10 Andrew Haigh – Lean on Pete 5 8 10 8 8 6 21
11 Jordan Peele – Get Out 7 9 7 8 7 17
12 Dee Rees – Mudbound 10 4 9 10
13 Alexander Payne – Downsizing 9 2
13 George Clooney – Suburbicon 9 2
13 Paul Thomas Anderson – Phantom Thread 10 10 2
13 Michael Gracey – The Greatest Showman 9 2
13 Alfonso Gómez-Rejón – The Current War 9 2
18 Martin McDonaugh – Three Bilboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri 10 1
18 Sofia Coppola – The Beguiled 10 1
OTHER CONTENDERS
Aaron Sorkin – Molly’s Game
Andy Serkis – Breathe
Darren Aronofsky – mother!
David Gordon Green – Stronger
Garth Davis – Mary Magdalene
Guillermo Del Toro – The Shape of Water
Michael Haneke – Happy End
Reginald Hudlin – Marshall
Richard Linklater – Last Flag Flying
Sebastián Lelio – Disobedience
Stephen Frears – Victoria and Abdul
Woody Allen – Wonder Wheel
Yorgos Lanthimos – The Killing of a Sacred Deer

About Erik Anderson

Erik blames his mother for his love of all things Oscar, having watched them together since he opened his eyes. They also watched Miss Universe religiously every year (the pageantry!) and Erik came to the conclusion that the combination of these two things ultimately led him down the path to obsessing about awards and ACTRESSING. He began at GoldDerby, led by Tom O’Neill and then migrated over to Oscarwatch (now AwardsDaily), headed up by Sasha Stone before breaking off to create AwardsWatch. He is a member of the International Cinephile Society, GALECA (The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics), the International Press Academy and is the founder/owner of AwardsWatch.

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