Fincher, Nolan, Russell, Boyle, Aronofsky, Hooper, Coens, Weir, Leigh, Coppola, Scorsese - who gets left out?
John Cameron Mitchell, "Rabbit Hole"
Pro: Mitchell has accomplished the improbable on two fronts. First, he's helmed the movie adaptation of a stage play and made it feel like a movie (for an example of when this doesn't work see "Doubt") and, second, he's brought a fresh and moving perspective to the familiar story of a married couple losing their young child. And he's also fashioned three of the year's most moving performances from stars Nicole Kidman, Aaron Eckhart and Dianne Weist. All pretty unexpected from a filmmaker whose previous two films were the edgy "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" and "Shortbus."
Con: It's sad to repeat the drumbeat of tough competition, but Mitchell may just have to be satisfied with a best picture nomination this go around.