Oscar Week Feature: Best Director

6 Mar

We’re down to the last day of my Oscar feature and it’s time to focus on which of the Best Director nominees will snag the prize.  Will this be the year that a woman wins for the first time?  I think so.

*James Cameron – Avatar
*Kathryn Bigelow – The Hurt Locker
*Quentin Tarantino – Inglourious Basterds
*Lee Daniels – Precious
*Jason Reitman – Up in the Air


This is a two-horse race between Cameron and Bigelow.  Cameron once again made the highest grossing movie, but does he really deserve this award?  Technical awards, sure, but I think Bigelow has the edge here.  I truly think the only thing she has against her in this category is that no other woman has ever won it.  It will be groundbreaking when/if she wins.

Tarantino could vie for this title, but I think he’ll just have to settle for Best Original Screenplay instead.  He is a great filmmaker, but with the momentum Cameron and Bigelow have coming in, he doesn’t stand a chance.  Daniels should be happy that his film has gotten such wonderful reviews and again, can’t compete with the one-two punch in this group.  Similar to Tarantino, Reitman will have to be happy with his Best Adapted Screenplay award.

If anyone other than Cameron or Bigelow won this award, I would be shocked.  I think Bigelow has the lead going in, but you can’t ever count Cameron out.

My Pick: Kathryn Bigelow


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