Cannes awards preview: What will win, and what should
Who will get the gold from Steven Spielberg and his fellow jurors?
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Will win: Paolo Sorrentino, "The Great Beauty"
Should win: Steven Soderbergh, "Behind the Candelabra"
Other possibilities: James Gray, "The Immigrant"; Joel and Ethan Coen, "Inside Llewyn Davis"; Abdellatif Kechiche, "Blue is the Warmest Color"; Asghar Farhadi, "The Past"; Jia Zhangke, "A Touch of Sin"
Our reasoning: Arguably more prestigious than the Jury Prize, the Best Director award has a habit of going to established auteurs -- though recent wild-card winners include Mathieu Amalric and Nicolas Winding Refn. Paolo Sorrentino is a Cannes favorite and recent Jury Prize winner, and his flashy, opulent, widely admired new film has many calling for a bigger award. The direction of this Fellini-esque vision is so ostentatious and attention-seeking that this category seems a neat fit, but should the jury decide even bigger rewards are in order for the Italian, the similarly meticulous James Gray could finally get his long-awaited moment in the sun. (Look out, too, for the Coen brothers, who have won this award a record three times.)