This year has a great list of directors who have never won in this category before, which should make this a very interesting fight. However, Denzel Washington who has been nominated elsewhere missed out on this coveted list for his directorial debut with Fences.
Our predictions and analysis are below:
Lately, Director and Picture seem to be one and the same race, with the same films getting buzz and recognition. For this year’s directors, it seems to be down to Chazelle and Jenkins for their superb films. It feels like the year for La La Land to take a lot of wins, so I expect Chazelle will pick up with his technical masterpiece. Chazelle was also nominated for Whiplash in 2015, while Jenkins is a first-timer.
Villeneuve has never been in this category before, though he did get a nomination for Incendies as best foreign film. Lonergan has been nominated for original screenplay twice before with Gangs of New York and You Can Count on Me but with no wins under his belt. Mel Gibson won for picture and director in 1996, with Braveheart, but the Academy seems to be welcoming him back into their good books so he might stand a chance.
- Damien Chazelle – La La Land
- Barry Jenkins – Moonlight
- Denis Villeneuve – Arrival
- Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester by the Sea
- Mel Gibson – Hacksaw Ridge
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