Oscar Eye: Zero Dark Thirty And Les Miserables Change The Conversation
Here's the big question with the Les Mis surge-- can Tom Hooper really win Best Director twice in a row? It's rare enough to win Best Picture for two films in a row, but winning Best Director for two consecutive films is nearly impossible-- Spielberg came close, but a pesky Jurassic Park sequel and Amistad came between Schindler's List and Saving Private Ryan. It's not unheard of, and technically Oscars are supposed to be given out based on merit and not based on who's "due"-- but I still think Hooper has a much harder road toward a win than he would if he hadn't just won two years ago. As a nominee, though, he's a guarantee-- along with Spielberg, whose Lincoln is now so undeniably strong that the War Horse comparison from last year no longer seems valid.
STILL IN THE RUNNING
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