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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.


Who will win Best Director at the 2018 Oscars?

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Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird

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Greta Celeste Gerwig is an American actress, writer, and director who gained attention after working on and appearing in several mumblecore films. Between 2006 and 2009, she appeared in a number of films by Joe Swanberg, some of which she co-wrote and co-directed. She has collaborated with Noah Baumbach on several films, including Greenberg (2010), Frances Ha (2012), for which she earned a Golden Globe nomination, and Mistress America (2015). Gerwig has also had starring roles in the films such as Damsels in Distress (2011), To Rome with Love (2012), Jackie (2016), and 20th Century Women (2016), the latter of which earned her a nomination for the Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Supporting Actress. Gerwig wrote and made her solo directorial debut with the critically acclaimed comedy-drama film Lady Bird (2017), which won the award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy at the 75th Golden Globe Awards. She also received two Academy Award nominations, for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay, as well as Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations for Best Screenplay. In so doing, she became the fifth woman to be nominated for Best Director at the Oscars. Lady Bird (2017), set in Sacramento, California, is a coming-of-age story of a high-school senior (Ronan) and her turbulent relationship with her mother (Metcalf). The movie premiered at the Telluride Film Festival on September 1, 2017, was theatrically released in the United States on November 3, 2017 by A24, and has grossed $39.1 million (United States) against its $10 million budget. It was chosen by the National Board of Review, the American Film Institute, and Time as one of the top 10 films of the year. At the 90th Academy Awards the film earned nominations for Best Picture, Best Actress for Ronan, Best Supporting Actress for Metcalf, Best Original Screenplay and Best Director, with Gerwig becoming the fifth female to earn a Best Director nomination. At the 75th Golden Globe Awards, Lady Bird won for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy and Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy (Ronan), and also received nominations for Best Supporting Actress (Metcalf) and Best Screenplay. At the 71st British Academy Film Awards, the film earned three nominations for Best Actress in a Leading Role for Ronan, Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Metcalf and Best Original Screenplay.
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