Oscar 2019: Best Director–Predictions

  • Best Director

    This year’s class of Best Directors should be more diverse than the usual, containing perhaps two black directors, and one Mexican (Cuaron), who shot his film in Spanish.  With one exception, the prospects for women are not that good–again.


    If you want to know more about the history and politics of the Oscars, from the beginning to the present, please consult my book, All About Oscar.

    All About Oscar: History and Politics of the Academy Awards

    Frontrunners (in alphabetical order)

    Damien Chazelle, First Man

    Damien Chazelle

    Ryan Coogler, Black Panther

    Ryan Coogler

    Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born

    Bradley Cooper

    Afonso Cuaron, Roma

    Alfonso Cuaron

    Peter Farrelly, Green Book

    Peter Farrelly


    Barry Jenkins, If Beale Street Could Talk

    Barry Jenkins

    Yorgos Lanthimos, The Favourite

    Yorgos Lanthimos

     Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman

    Spike Lee


     Strong Contenders

     Marielle Heller, Can You Ever Forgive Me?

    Marielle Heller

    Adam McKay, Vice

    Adam McKay

    Steve McQueen, Widows

    Steve McQueen

    Jason Reitman, The Front Runner

    Jason Reitman

    Long Shots

    Debra Granik, Leave No Trace

    Debra Granik

     Josie Rourke, Mary Queen of Scots