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Jean-Marc Vallée - "Dallas Buyers Club"
Pros: "Dallas Buyers Club" is the last hurrah for Focus Features, which will cease to exist as we've known it over the last decade very soon. Vallée has produced a stripped down drama and drawn out a pair of fantastic performances that are sure to light up the circuit.
Cons: Is the film too small to register in this category? The easy answer might be "no," because just look at Benh Zeitlin and "Beasts of the Southern Wild" last year. But that was a visionary piece of work that called attention to the artistry behind the camera. This isn't that kind of film so it will be that much harder for the campaign to draw directors to their cause.