Angelina Jolie, Richard Linklater and more vie for Oscar Gold
David Fincher ("Gone Girl")
Pros: Fincher has been perennially in the mix as of late, with nominations for "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" and "The Social Network" and a close call with "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo." "Gone Girl" is his biggest hit to date and represents a voice not really all that present elsewhere in the race.
Cons: The movie has not caught fire with Academy types, who didn't fully wade into its satirical rhythms. And you can bet Fincher won't be out there kissing babies and working for it, either. He doesn't care, and that can tie an Oscar campaign's arms behind its back.
- Kristopher Tapley