Best Director

Previously
Ranked
2

Unbroken

#1 Angelina Jolie (Unbroken)

Universal Pictures
Release Date: December 25, 2014

Previously
Ranked
3

Boyhood

#2 Richard Linklater (Boyhood)

IFC Films
Release Date: July 11, 2014 (Limited)

Previously
Ranked
4

Selma

#3 Ava DuVernay (Selma)

Paramount Pictures
Release Date: December 25, 2014 (Limited; wide on 1/9/15)

Previously
Ranked
1

Birdman

#4 Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman)

Fox Searchlight Pictures
Release Date: October 17, 2014 (Limited)

Previously
Ranked
10

Gone Girl

#5 David Fincher (Gone Girl)

20th Century Fox
Release Date: October 3, 2014

  • Miles

    So did revolutionary road.

  • Saul Silver

    Thanks for posting predictions in this category!

  • Luiz queiroga

    Love Angelina Jolie = )

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/PzyKo/ Max

    1) J.C. Chandor - A Most Violent Year
    2) Bennett Miller - Foxcatcher
    3) Angelina Jolie - Unbroken
    4) David Ayer - Fury
    5) David Fincher - Gone Girl

  • Josh Parker

    If you've won for acting, you can't be nominated as director anymore, even if you already were in the past. It's never happened. Even guys who were nominated for directing, like Lionel Barrymore, Laurence Olivier, Tim Robbins, Roberto Benigni or George Clooney were never nominated for directing again after winning for acting. I was sure that Sean Penn would break this trend with Into the Wild, but he didn't.

    I say all that to say that Angelina Jolie will not be nominated for Best Director.

    • BobbyZim

      Well, there's a first time for everything. Jolie MIGHT get the nomination, but it's highly unlikely she'll win. You have to remember that, outside of the '80s and '90s, it was extraordinarily rare for someone previously well-known as a movie actor to get nominated for Best Director, and they NEVER won. (John Ford had acted in a few silent movies, but he was never a lead.) Until 1980, when Robert Redford won for his directing debut, NO movie star had EVER won.

      (Mike Nichols first gained moderate fame as a stage improvisational actor who got some television appearances, but by the time he made his big screen debut as director of "The Graduate," he had long since quit acting and was directing for theater. Woody Allen was a TV comedy writer who had become a stand-up comedian. His big screen debut as an actor was also his big screen writing debut, and while he had acted in two films he hadn't written, and while he had written one film he didn't act in or direct, he has - to date and certainly when he won for "Annie Hall," which was his 8th film as director, 10th as writer and 11th as actor - never directed anything he didn't write. He became famous as a writer, not a movie star.)

      Since Redford, only five other movie stars have taken home the directing Oscar - Warren Beatty, Richard Attenborough, Kevin Costner, Clint Eastwood and Mel Gibson. Of those five, it was Attenborough's (who had been more of a character actor on film than a "movie star," really) fourth film as director when he won, and Eastwood's 16th the first time. "Reds" was Beatty's second, as "Braveheart" was for Gibson. Only Costner has repeated Redford's achievement of winning for a debut film.

      Point is, if you look, the last one of those guys to win his first directing Oscar was Gibson. (Eastwood later won a second for "Million Dollar Baby," but again, it's fair to say he is the one true "movie-star-turned-director" in its history as far as Hollywood is concerned.)

      Giving the award to movie stars was a fad that was briefly popular in the early '80s and saw a comeback in the early '90s. But if two years ago and "Argo" is any indication (and Ben Affleck has never once even been nominated for acting), it's one of those crazy things they wore in the '80s and '90s but have no intention of taking back out of the closet any time soon. And really, they've probably donated it to Goodwill by now.

  • Laut Fuentes

    Best Director
    Winner: Richard Linklater (Boyhood)

    Nominees:
    Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman)
    Angelina Jolie (Unbroken)
    Bennett Miller (Foxcatcher)
    David Fincher (Gone Girl)

    Possibly:
    Christopher Nolan (Interstellar)
    Mortem Tyldum (The Imitation Game)
    Clint Eastwood (American Spiner)

    Paul Thomas Anderson (Inherent Vice)
    Rob Marshall (Into the Woods)
    Ava DuVernay (Selma)
    Mike Leigh (Mr. Turner)
    Damien Chazelle (Whiplash)

  • Geri

    How can "Unbroken" be the #1 film, but Angelina Jolie only be the 3rd best director? I doubt this would happen if she were a man.

    • BobbyZim

      Really? Because Ben Affleck's movie won Best Picture, and he didn't even get nominated Best Director, and I'm pretty sure he's a man. Not only that, he's a man who had already directed TWO other movies that were critically acclaimed (as opposed to one that got mixed reviews). I wouldn't be surprised if Jolie ends up getting snubbed altogether, the way Affleck, the man, was.

      You have to remember the Oscars are chosen by people who work in the same field - i.e., the Best Director Oscar is chosen by established directors. Established directors have traditionally been very mistrustful of actors - men or women - who "what I really want to do is direct." Best Picture is selected by the entire Academy, of whom the directors are only a fraction.

  • jhairo cordova

    My predictions:

    1) Richard Linklater - Boyhood
    2) Ava DuVernay - Selma
    3) Rob Marshall - Into The Woods
    4) Angelina Jolie - Unbroken
    5) Christopher Nolan - Interstellar

    Winner: Richard Linklater - Boyhood

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/MovieFan/ Israel Valencia

    My predictions:
    - Bennett Miller: Foxcatcher
    - Morten Tyldum: The Imitation Game
    - Angelina Jolie: Unbroken
    - Richard Linklater: Birdman
    - Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu: Birdman*

    Winner- *