Monday, 20 February 2012

Winner Breakdown: Best Director

Best Director:
- Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist)
- Alexander Payne (The Descendants)
- Martin Scorsese (Hugo)
- Woody Allen (Midnight in Paris)
- Terrence Malick (The Tree of Life)

Honestly, this is a pretty straightforward category when it comes to who'll win. This award usually goes right along with the Best Picture winner, so we're looking at first-time nominee Michel Hazanavicius to take home this prize, as he will with Best Picture. I thought Hazanavicius's film was great, and the direction of it was so magnetic. The focus on lighting/shadows, silence vs sound, and just everything about the film was great. Even if it hadn't have been silent, the film still would've been completely captivating, and that's because of Jean Dujardin and Michel Hazanavicius. Hazanavicius won the DGA Award, the Critics Choice Award and several Film Critics awards. However, Martin Scorsese would be the only competition in this category. He won the Golden Globe and National Board of Review. However, Hugo will likely win several technical awards, and Hugo doesn't stand too much of a chance at Best Picture, taking away from the chances at Director. Hazanavicius seems the clear winner here.  

Will Win: Michel Hazanavicius
Could Win: Martin Scorsese
Dark Horse: Woody Allen
Who I Want to Win: Michel Hazanavicius

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