Fincher, Nolan, Russell, Boyle, Aronofsky, Hooper, Coens, Weir, Leigh, Coppola, Scorsese - who gets left out?
Tim Burton, "Alice in Wonderland"
Pro: A franchise unto himself, Burton has crafted and helmed some of the most creative American films ever including "Beetlejuice," "Edward Scissorhands," "Batman," "Ed Wood" and "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." "Alice" may not have received critical raves, but its $1 billion worldwide gross ranks a staggering #6 on the all-time chart. Plus, te Academy loves success -- especially with 10 slots to fill. Disney is also giving "Alice" an unexpected full court awards season campaign.
Con: Did we mention "Alice" wasn't a critic's favorite? It scored just a 53 on Metacritic (same as "The Blind Side") and a 51% on Rotten Tomatoes ("The Blind Side" scored a "fresh" 66%). In a competitive year, that matters across the board.