And now we turn our gimlet eye to the best director category. Full disclosure: of the top five men in the race, I’ve only seen two of the movies: The Descendants and The Artist. Any women directors in the race? Oopsy!
Alexander Payne, The Descendants
Steven Spielberg, War Horse
David Fincher, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Michael Hazanavicius, The Artist
Stephen Daldry, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Other directorial contenders: Bennett Miller, Moneyball; Clint Eastwood, J. Edgar; Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris; Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life; Tomas Alfredson, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy; Martin Scorsese, Hugo; Oren Moverman, Rampart; and George Clooney, The Ides of March.