Fincher, Nolan, Russell, Boyle, Aronofsky, Hooper, Coens, Weir, Leigh, Coppola, Scorsese - who gets left out?
Mike Leigh, "Another Year"
Pro: A British institution, Leigh has been nominated six times for Oscar, but only twice in this category ("Secrets and Lies" and "Vera Drake"). Considering his stellar resume of "Topsy-Turvy," "Happy-Go-Lucky," "High Hopes" and "All or Nothing" he's very, very due.
Con: "Year" may be one of his all time best, but Leigh is handicapped by a tough field in both this and the best picture race. It also doesn't help he's made it very clear that he has little love for campaigning (yes, it shouldn't matter, but Jean-Luc Godard aside, no one likes to hear Oscar be dissed in public).