In the interest of being thorough about the Academy Awards, I have decided to dedicate a blog entry for every category. The news media will focus on the top five categories, eventually I will too, but these posts are in the interest of examining every single category, even those that send you to the fridge during the show. Today: Best Director.
- Alfonso Cauron for Gravity
- Steve McQueen for 12 Years a Slave
- Alexander Payne for Nebraska
- David O. Russell for American Hustle
- Martin Scorsese for The Wolf of Wall Street
For me, the race comes down to Steve McQueen, who managed to create 12 Years a Slave, the first great epic about the horror of slavery, and Alfonso Cauron, who turned Gravity into a human adventure where it might have otherwise been just a great technical exercise. Both deserve to win, but I think Cauron has the prize here, especially after winning the top award from the DGA, the same block of voters who select the Oscars.
Who Will Win?: Alfonso Cauron for Gravity
Who Should Win?: Steve McQueen for 12 Years a Slave