Ask any Oscar consultant about any race this awards season and they'll mostly throw their hands up in the air in exasperation on who will get in any category let alone who will win one. It's all due to the expansion of the Best Picture race to ten nominees the uncertainty the change has brought to everything else. One of the hardest categories to predict is turning out to be Best Director.
Before this year, it wasn't uncommon for filmmakers to recognize a peer or two whose films didn't get nominated for Best Picture. In 2010, it's a certainty that at least five won't get an individual honor (won't that be fun at the annual Oscar luncheon?). More intriguing, however, is the legitimate chance that not only one, but two women may be nominated for Best Director. Oh, and yes, considering only four women have ever been nominated in this category in the Academy's history,it's about time.
If there is any justice, Kathryn Bigelow won't just get a nod, but win for her stunning work on "The Hurt Locker." Still, she may be joined by the improbable Lone Scherfig who is getting acclaim for the coming of age drama "An Education." And as more potentials contenders disappoint as the weeks go by, there is a slim chance Jane Campion could sneak in for her comeback picture "Bright Star," but even that may be wishful thinking at this point. In any event, "Locker" should be one of the darlings to receive numerous year end critic's awards including direction. If Bigelow can land any prominent wins it may create enough momentum to ensure she wins the big prize and makes history in the process. Oh, and did we mention this race might pit her against her ex-husband "Avatar" director James Cameron?
And here you thought all the fun was in the acting categories.
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1997 | Crime | RSummary: Quentin Tarantino adaptats an Elmore Leonard novel into this story of a few increasingly desperate people scraping to get by.Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
1993 | Sports | PGSummary: Emotionally powerful sports classic featuring Sean Astin as a skinny high school kid with big football dreams and the determination to make his way towards his dream team at Notre Dame.Director: David Anspaugh
Cast: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty
2013 | Drama | RSummary: Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have boundless energy in the story of a real-life commodities crook who earned millions through scummy small-time stock trades.Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
2013 | Comedy | NRSummary: Insanely funny comedy show created by Amy Schumer, who stars in brilliantly funny sketches about sex, city living, dating, and friendship.Director: Daniel Powell, Amy Schumer (creators)
Cast: Amy Schumer, Kevin Kane, Mike Houston
1995 | Mystery | NRSummary: Denzel Washington plays an out of work WWII vet who takes the wrong job and is soon neck-deep in a mess of politics, murder, and jazz in '40s Los Angeles.Director: Carl Franklin
Cast: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals
2008 | Science Fiction | PGSummary: Animated series continues the story of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker as they battle the Emperor Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous, but also takes time to explore other smaller characters in the Star Wars universe.Director: George Lucas (creator)
Cast: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter
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