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2019 Oscar Predictions: BEST DIRECTOR (June) – Spike Lee rebounds; Bradley Cooper’s ‘Star’ rises

Just as in Best Picture, Spike Lee (BlacKkKlansman from Focus Features) rebounds and lands back in the top spot for June. Lee’s move pushes last month’s #1 Steve McQueen (20th Century Fox’s Widows) down to #4. Oscar winners Adam McKay (Annapurna’s Backseat), Damien Chazelle (Universal’s First Man) and Barry Jenkins (Annapurna’s If Beale Street Could Talk) stay put in their …

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2019 Oscar Predictions: BEST DIRECTOR (May) – Spike Lee Moves Up

As with Best Picture, the top of the list remains in tact with Steve McQueen (Widows), Adam McKay (Backseat), Damien Chazelle (First Man) keeping their 1-2-3 spots. I’ve switched Spike Lee (BlacKkKlansman) and Barry Jenkins (If Beale Street Could Talk) on the strength of Lee’s Grand Prix win at Cannes this last weekend. It’s 6-10 that sees changes (again, as …

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2019 Oscar Predictions: BEST DIRECTOR (April) – McQueen is King

As was with Best Picture, Best Director sees a change-up from last month with Widows‘ Steve McQueen taking the pole position for April. Adam McKay (Cheney), Damien Chazelle (First Man), Barry Jenkins (If Beale Street Could Talk) and Spike Lee (BlacKkKlansman) round out the top 5. The rest of the top 10 plays out similarly to the top 10 in …

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2019 Oscars: The Directors (March)

This year promises a wealth of directors all angling for Oscar votes. From previous Oscar winners to breakthroughs waiting to happen to a chance for a female director nominee two years in a row. There’s even a chance that two could be nominated in one year. After the most diverse lineup in Oscar history just last season, there will be …

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The Big Short wins USC Scripter; Show Me a Hero Wins Inaugural TV Award

  To absolutely no one’s surprise, The Big Short won the 28th USC Scripter award on Saturday, marching its way to its inevitable WGA and Oscar wins for Adapted Screenplay. It bested three of the four nominees it’s up against at the Oscars, with The End of the Tour replaced by Carol there. Last year, The Imitation Game won here …

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2016 Oscar Predictions: Best Director – Iñárritu Way Out in Front

  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 …

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Directors Guild of America (DGA) WINNERS – Iñárritu Makes History

  Alejandro G. Iñárritu made history tonight by becoming the only director in the Directors Guild’s 68 years to win back to back awards. He won last year for Birdman and won again tonight for The Revenant. We now have a completely topsy-turvy Oscar race with a different film each winning the top three guilds. The Big Short won PGA, …

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Directors Guild of America (DGA) Preview and Prediction

  After the wins for The Big Short at the PGA and Spotlight at SAG, all eyes are focused on the Directors Guild of America with laser intensity. The winner here could tip the balance in favor of one of those films and finally give us a solid Best Picture frontrunner (a mere three weeks before the Oscars), or keep …

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