Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve done polls on the acting categories at this year’s Academy Awards. This week, let’s predict who will get the Best Director award.
You guys should know how this works by now. We’re giving you two separate polls. First, tell us which director you predict the Academy will give the award to.
Next, give us your opinion on which director you think should win the award.
A couple weeks ago, I was certain that this would be David Fincher’s year. He was (rightfully) passed over for ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button‘, but rebounded nicely with ‘The Social Network’. However, in recent weeks, awards momentum has seemed to shift to ‘The King’s Speech’. Tom Hooper winning the DGA Award really appears to lock this up for him. I still haven’t seen ‘The King’s Speech’, but I’m a big fan of Hooper’s previous movie, ‘The Damned United‘, so I won’t feel too bad if he takes the Oscar. I’m sure that Fincher will have another shot at the prize in the future, anyway.
I’d kind of like to see the Coen Brothers take the trophy for their remake of ‘True Grit’, but I doubt that will happen. The brothers will just have to console themselves with the trophies they already took home for ‘No Country for Old Men‘.
One possible dark horse candidate may be Darren Aronofsky. His ‘Black Swan’ is (at least arguably) the most “visionary” and “auteur-ish” of the nominees. Still, this seems unlikely. Aronofsky should be happy just to be nominated.