Fincher, Nolan, Russell, Boyle, Aronofsky, Hooper, Coens, Weir, Leigh, Coppola, Scorsese - who gets left out?
Roman Polanski, "The Ghost Writer"
Pro: A winner in this category for "The Pianist" in 2003, Polanski was previously nominated for "Tess" and the classic "Chinatown." The iconic filmmaker has also helmed some acclaimed thrillers such as "Rosemary's Baby" and "Frantic," but in many people's eyes, "The Ghost Writer" ranks up there with his best work.
Con: Polanski's recent extradition issues in Switzerland has made many in the industry unseeingly uncomfortable. Unlike eight years ago when he won for "The Pianist" and Polanski's past might be behind him, it now looks like he'll never get out from under his decades old legal troubles. That may put any consideration for "The Ghost Writer," or its director, in doubt.