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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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Jordan Peele, Get Out

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Jordan Haworth Peele is an American actor, comedian, writer, producer, and director who initially became known for starring in the Comedy Central sketch series Key & Peele and for his five seasons as a cast member on Mad TV. In 2014, he also had a recurring role in the first season of the FX anthology series Fargo, based on the 1996 film of the same name. Peele had a career breakthrough in 2017 with his solo directorial debut, the horror film Get Out, which earned critical acclaim and became one of the most profitable films of 2017. He received numerous accolades, including Academy Award nominations for Best Director, Best Picture, and Best Original Screenplay, becoming just the third person (after Warren Beatty and James L. Brooks) to receive the three nominations for a debut film. He also earned the Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award at the 2017 Gotham Independent Film Awards and nominations for a DGA Award and BAFTA for Best Original Screenplay. Get Out was written and directed by Jordan Peele and stars Daniel Kaluuya as Chris, a black man who visits the family of his white girlfriend (Allison Williams); at their home, the housekeeper and groundskeeper are black and act strangely. Bradley Whitford, Caleb Landry Jones, Stephen Root, Lakeith Stanfield, and Catherine Keener costar. The movie premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 24, 2017, and was theatrically released in the United States on February 24, 2017, by Universal Pictures. The film received praise for Peele's screenplay and direction, as well as Kaluuya's performance, and was chosen by the National Board of Review, the American Film Institute, and Time magazine as one of the top 10 films of the year. The film was also a box office success, grossing $254 million worldwide on a $4.5 million budget. Get Out received numerous accolades. At the 90th Academy Awards, the film earned four nominations: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Actor for Kaluuya. Peele became just the third person (after Warren Beatty and James L. Brooks) to earn Best Picture, Director and Screenplay nominations for a debut film. It also earned five nominations at the 23rd Critics' Choice Awards, two at the 75th Golden Globe Awards (Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy and Best Actor – Comedy or Musical for Kaluuya) and two at the 71st British Academy Film Awards (Best Actor in a Leading Role for Kaluuya and Best Original Screenplay).
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