Fincher, Nolan, Russell, Boyle, Aronofsky, Hooper, Coens, Weir, Leigh, Coppola, Scorsese - who gets left out?
The year of the auteur
Christopher Nolan, David Fincher, Martin Scorsese, Sofia Coppola, David O. Russell, Danny Boyle, Darren Aronofsky, Joel and Ethan Coen, Peter Weir and Mike Leigh. On Jan. 25, when the nominations for best director are announced, it's hard to believe that half of those contenders won't make the cut. Every year is competitive in the best director race, but 2011 is turning into one of the most impressive ever. It's rare when you can say the nomination is legitimately the win, but for five lucky nominees this time it really will be.
With that in mind, let's review 18 potential nominees for best director at the 83rd Academy Awards.
[Left, Mark Wahlberg with potential nominee David O. Russell on the set of "The Fighter."]