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Who will win Best Director at the 2018 Oscars?

24th Jan 2018
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The nominations for the 2018 Academy Awards for Best Director has just been released and despite the few familiar names, the list is not short on surprises as not one but two directors have managed to secure a place on it on their directorial debut. However, in a year that saw the film industry grappling with sex abuse scandals and widespread criticism, it is certainly heartening to see the likes of Greta Gerwig, The Lady Bird filmmaker become the fifth female director ever nominated and Jordan Peele become the fifth black director to make the cut. But winning the award is a tall order, as Guillermo del Toro's Shape of Water, Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk and Paul Thomas Anderson's Phantom Thread are all strong contenders to receive the Oscar nod. To find out who gets the Academy's final approval, the nominees must wait until The 90th Academy Awards event which is set to take place on the 4th of March 2018. But until then, who do you think is going to end up winning the Oscar for Best Director? Rank this list from most likely to least likely and lets see how the averaged wisdom of the public stacks up against the opinions of the Oscar Academy.

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Who will win Best Director at the 2018 Oscars?

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Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk

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Christopher Edward Nolan is an English–American film director, screenwriter, and producer. He is one of the highest-grossing directors in history, and among the most acclaimed filmmakers of the 21st century. Having made his directorial debut with Following (1998), Nolan gained considerable attention for his second feature, Memento (2000), for which he was nominated for numerous accolades, including the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. The acclaim garnered by his independent films gave Nolan the opportunity to make the big-budget thriller Insomnia (2002) and the mystery drama The Prestige (2006). He found further popular and critical success with The Dark Knight Trilogy (2005–2012); Inception (2010), which received eight Academy Award nominations, including for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay and Interstellar (2014). The war film Dunkirk (2017) earned him his first nomination for the Academy Award for Best Director. Dunkirk is written, directed, and produced by Christopher Nolan that depicts the Dunkirk evacuation of World War II. Its ensemble cast includes Fionn Whitehead, Tom Glynn-Carney, Jack Lowden, Harry Styles, Aneurin Barnard, James D'Arcy, Barry Keoghan, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance, and Tom Hardy. The film is a British, American, French, and Dutch co-production, and was distributed by Warner Bros. Dunkirk portrays the evacuation from three perspectives: land, sea, and air. It has little dialogue, as Nolan sought instead to create suspense from cinematography and music. Filming began in May 2016 in Dunkirk and ended that September in Los Angeles, when post-production began. Cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema shot the film on IMAX 65 mm and 65 mm large-format film stock. Dunkirk has extensive practical effects, and employed thousands of extras as well as historic boats from the evacuation, and period aeroplanes. The film premiered on 13 July 2017 at Odeon Leicester Square in London, and was released in the United Kingdom and the United States on 21 July in IMAX, 70 mm, and 35 mm film formats. It is the highest-grossing World War II film of all time, taking $525 million worldwide. Dunkirk received praise for its screenplay, direction, musical score, and cinematography; some critics called it Nolan's best work, and one of the greatest war films. It received the Best Editing award at the 23rd Critics' Choice Awards, eight nominations at the 71st British Academy Film Awards, three at the 75th Golden Globe Awards, and eight at the 90th Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director for Nolan.
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