Oscar 2019: Best Director–Predictions


No matter which nine or ten films will be nominated for the Best Picture Oscar, there will be greater diversity and inclusion this year than ever before.

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FRONTRUNNERS (in alphabetical order)

Alfonso Cuaron, Roma

Ryan Coogler, Black Panther

Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born

Debra Granik, Leave No Trace

Yorgos Lanthimos, The Favourite


Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman

Rob Marshall, Mary Poppins Returns




Damien Chazelle, First Man

Peter Farrelly, Green Book

Marielle Heller, Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Barry Jenkins, If Beale Street Could Talk

Adam McKay, Vice

Steve McQueen, Widows 

Pawel Pawlikowski, Cold War



Bo Burnham, Eighth Grade

Paul Schrader, First Reformed

John Krasinksi, A Quiet Place



The five nominated filmmakers for the Best Directors Oscar may include not one but two African American: Ryan Coogler, Hollywood’s new darling, and the first black to direct a movie that grossed over $1 billion; and Spike Lee, vet dean of black-dominated cinema.  If that happens, it would be first in 91 years!

There my also be a foreign-born director: Cuaron, hailing from Mexico with Netflix’s Spanish-speaking Roma, and Lanthimos from Greece, though the latter’s The Favorite is English-speaking.

And, with some luck, there may be a woman among the contenders.