With the Director's Guild of America yesterday announcing Kathryn Bigelow as their choice for Director of the Year, she must now be odds-on to take the Oscar - the first woman to do so. Her fellow DGA nominees will be the likely competition (ex hubby James Cameron her stiffest) although the Academy often replaces one BP contender's director with a dark horse. But the most likely nominees are:
Kathryn Bigelow – The Hurt Locker
James Cameron – Avatar
Quentin Tarantino – Inglourious Basterds
Jason Reitman – Up In The Air
Lee Daniels – Precious
Alternate: I think Daniels is most susceptible, and a real dark horse replacement would be Austrian Michael Haneke for The White Ribbon.