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Rob Marshall, "Nine"
Previous nominations or wins: None
Pros: Marshall's stage and choreography background allows him to take some of the cinema's biggest movie stars and turn them into true song and dance queens. He even makes Fergie appear as though she's a real actress.
Cons: Will the Academy fault him for not making Daniel Day-Lewis' character (or arguably his performance) more likable? Or making the movie work overall?