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2019 Oscar Predictions: BEST DIRECTOR (September)

Alfonso Cuarón has emerged from Venice, Telluride and Toronto as the one the beat in the Best Director Oscar race with ROMA and he is the new #1 for September. It’s an exciting month overall on the chart, lit up with green, red and blue everywhere as the fall festivals really began weeding out non-contenders, giving us frontrunners and three …

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‘First Man’ soars as the Venice International Film Festival opens

The 75th Venice International Film Festival kicked off with the world premiere of First Man from Academy Award winner Damien Chazelle. The film is his follow-up to his Best Director-winning La La Land. Reviews came in and were largely positive, if a bit more on the sheer spectacle and audacity of the film’s look and structure than the performances.  So …

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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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