Oscar 2007: Best Director Nominees

Is it a coincience that four of the Best Director nominees are first times, or are we seeing a significant changing of the guards in Hollywood

It's hard to recall a year in which the directors were so young, age-wise.

The Coen brothers Joel and Ethan are the most vet of the group, having directed 12 pictures and having been nominated before, in 1996 for “Fargo,” which won original Screenplay and Best Actress for Frances McDormand.

At 37, Paul Thomas Anderson is the youngest nominee this year, though he is not an unknown quanity. Anderson has been nominated before for his screenplays for “Boggie Nights” (1997) and “Magnolia” (1999).

First-timer Julian Schnabel is still beteer known as an artist, but he has made two films before, including the 2000 Oscar-nominated “Before Night Falls.”

Better known as a screenwriters (he contributed to all three of the Bourne film franchise) Tony Gilory is nominated as writer and director for the legal thriller, “Michael Clayton.”

With only one credit to his name, “Thank Your for Smoking,” Jason Reitman, son of vet director Ivan Reitman, is the youngest and freshest talent in the bunch.

Best Director Nominees

Paul Thomas Anderson – “There Will Be Blood”
Ethan Coen & Joel Coen – “No Country For Old Men”
Tony Gilroy – “Michael Clayton”
Jason Reitman – “Juno”
Julian Schnabel – “The Diving Bell And The Butterfly”

My Prediction

The Best Director Oscar will go to Joel and Ethan Coen.