Aza’s Oscar Nomination Predictions 2013 – Best Director

This is gonna be the most hotly contested category at the Oscars next year without a doubt. Here’s mine:

WHO I’VE GOT MY MONEY ON

BEN AFFLECK – ARGO – It’s a lock!

STEVEN SPIELBERG – LINCOLN  – Guaranteed!

P.T. ANDERSON – THE MASTER – 70mm, cracking reviews, a real auteur. Book it in

DAVID O’RUSSELL – SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK – Lifted what could’ve been a fairly safe dramedy into a critical and crowd pleasing career best. It ain’t no easy task but David O’Russell did it.

ANG LEE – LIFE OF PI – Revolutionising cinema storytelling through 3D? Sign Up Ang Lee!

DARK HORSES

MICHAEL HANEKE – AMOUR – He swooped Cannes. He should be here too.

TOM HOOPER – LES MISERABLES – Can the man win again for his 2nd directorial effort after THE KING’S SPEECH?

QUENTIN TARANTINO – DJANGO UNCHAINED – He’s the only man that keeps upping the stakes of vigorous, energetic film making.

ROBERT ZEMECKIS – FLIGHT – Plenty of kudos circling this flick as a return to form not only for him but for his lead actor.

BENH ZEITLIN – BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD – The indy fave of the year

LONG SHOTS

JOHN MADDEN – THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL – He won before for SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE. This film was a runaway hit.

KATHRYN BIGELOW – ZERO DARK THIRTY – She’s the only woman in the biz that can pull off big taut thrillers – This could see her up again!

CHRISTOPHER NOLAN – THE DARK KNIGHT RISES – As a swan song to the finale of the trilogy.

WES ANDERSON – MOONRISE KINGDOM – Lotsa quirk, lots a fun and a runaway box office hit – all thanks to Wes Anderson.

JACQUES AUDIARD – RUST & BONE – This’ll nab Best Foreign Language film if the Academy lose track of THE INTOUCHABLES.