Oscar Eye: Wolf Of Wall Street Is In, Monuments Men Is Out, And Other Shakeups
As goes Gravity's mortal lock status, so goes Alfonso Cuaron's, since his technical accomplishment is a huge part of what makes the film so great (and Ang Lee won Best Director for a similar level of commitment and skill for Life of Pi last year). Both Greengrass and McQueen remain hugely likely to join him, but I hesitate for various reasons-- Greengrass because Captain Phillips isn't yet a proven zeitgeist hit like Gravity, and McQueen for being generally averse to Oscar schmoozing. But I have an extremely hard time imagining them left out of the final 5 either way. I've knocked Clooney (for Monuments Men) out of the group, along with Ron Howard and Denis Villeneuve-- as much as their films might have potential as wild card Best Picture options, they won't find room in this hyper-crowded Best Director field.
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