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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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Paul Thomas Anderson, Phantom Thread

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Paul Thomas "P. T." Anderson is an American filmmaker who first received critical and commercial success for his film Boogie Nights (1997), set during the Golden Age of Porn in the 1970s and 1980s. However, it was the epic drama There Will Be Blood (2007) that garnered the widest acclaim from critics and earned him his first Academy Award nomination for Best Director. His eighth feature film, Phantom Thread reunited Anderson with Academy Award winning There Will Be Blood star Daniel Day-Lewis. This 2017 American historical drama film written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson is set in London's couture world in the 1950s. It stars Daniel Day-Lewis as a dressmaker who falls in love with a waitress, played by Vicky Krieps. The couple's relationship vacillates between affectionate and distant until they finally learn to live with one another's differences. It is reportedly Day-Lewis's last film role. The film is Anderson's first filmed outside the United States, with principal photography beginning in January 2017 in Lythe in England. It is his second collaboration with Day-Lewis, following There Will Be Blood (2007), and his fourth with composer Jonny Greenwood. The film premiered in New York City on December 11, 2017, and was released in the United States on December 25, 2017. Phantom Thread received critical acclaim, with praise for Day-Lewis' performance, Anderson's screenplay and direction, musical score, and production values, and was chosen by the National Board of Review as one of the top ten films of 2017. At the 90th Academy Awards, the film earned six nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor for Day-Lewis and Supporting Actress for Manville. It also received two Golden Globe nominations, Best Actor – Drama (Day-Lewis) and Best Original Score, as well as three at the 71st British Academy Film Awards, including Best Actor in a Leading Role for Day-Lewis and Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Manville.
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