Best Director 2015

Updating Sept. 6, 2015



Drafting… stay tuned!

A photo of Alejandro González Iñárritu on the set of his upcoming feature, The Revenant (via Collider)


Drafting… stay tuned!


My official predictions include only films set for distribution in the United States. The process of guessing who will and will not make the cut always seems to be collaborative, so feel free to leave a comment (or a tweet) that addresses any relevant concerns.

Predicted Nominees

  1. Todd Haynes for Carol (more)

  2. Quentin Tarantino for The Hateful Eight (more)

  3. Alejandro González Iñárritu for The Revenant (more)

  4. Paolo Sorrentino for Youth (more)

  5. Tom Hooper for The Danish Girl (more)

Next in Line?

  1. Danny Boyle for Steve Jobs (more)
  2. Sarah Gavron for Suffragette (more)
  3. Steven Spielberg for Bridge of Spies (more)
  4. David O. Russell for Joy (more)
  5. David Gordon Green for Our Brand is Crisis (more)

Other Possibilities

  1. Robert Zemeckis for The Walk (more)
  2. John Crowley for Brooklyn (more)
  3. Cary Fukunaga for Beasts of No Nation (more)
  4. Peter Sollett for Freeheld (more)
  5. Denis Villeneuve for Sicario (more)
  6. F. Gary Gray for Straight Outta Compton (more)
  7. Marc Abraham for I Saw the Light (more)
  8. George Miller for Mad Max: Fury Road (more)
  9. Andrew Haigh for 45 Years (more)
  10. Ridley Scott for The Martian (more)
  11. James Vanderbilt for Truth (more)
  12. Scott Cooper for Black Mass
  13. Ryan Coogler for Creed (more)
  14. Guillermo del Toro for Crimson Peak (more)
  15. Thomas McCarthy for Spotlight (more)

Long Shots

  1. Pete Docter for Inside Out (more)
  2. Baltasar Kormákur for Everest (more)
  3. Gaby Dellal for About Ray (more)
  4. Spike Lee for Chi-Raq (more)
  5. J.J. Abrams for Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (more)
  6. Angelina Jolie Pitt for By the Sea (more)
  7. László Nemes for Son of Saul (more)
  8. Lenny Abrahamson Room (more)
  9. Ron Howard for In the Heart of the Sea (more)
  10. Alex Garland for Ex Machina (more)
  11. Roland Emmerich for Stonewall (more)
  12. Oliver Stone for Snowden (more)
  13. Peter Landesman for Concussion (more)
  14. Stephen Frears for The Program (more)
  15. Billy Ray for The Secret in Their Eyes (more)


  • Woody Allen for Irrational Man (more)
  • Kyle Patrick Alvarez for The Stanford Prison Experiment (more)
  • Judd Apatow for Trainwreck (more)
  • John Carney for Sing Street (more)
  • Cameron Crowe for Aloha (more)
  • Jonathan Demme for Ricki and the Flash (more)
  • Mary Agnes Donoghue for Jenny’s Wedding (more)
  • Rick Famuyiwa for Dope (more)
  • Paul Feig for Spy (more)
  • Alfonso Gomez-Rejon for Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (more)
  • Rupert Goold for True Story (more)
  • Luca Guadagnino for A Bigger Splash – Hits next year
  • John Hillcoat for Triple 9 (more) – Bumped to March 2015
  • Nicholas Hytner for The Lady in the Van – No longer on the docket for 2015
  • James Kent for Testament of Youth (more)
  • Justin Kurzel for Macbeth (more)
  • Gilles Paquet-Brenner for Dark Places (more)
  • Guy Ritchie for The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (more)
  • Jay Roach for Trumbo (more)
  • Jim Sheridan for The Secret Scripture (more)
  • Jean-Marc Vallée for Demolition – Slated for April 6, 2016
  • Thomas Vinterberg for Far from the Madding Crowd (more)
  • John Wells for Adam Jones Burnt (more)
  • Boaz Yakin for Max (more)

In Limbo

I regard these films as ineligible at the moment, because a) the films might not hit theaters this year due to distributors’ schedules or their not being ready, or b) the films lack stateside distribution altogether. But as anyone who follows this mess knows, things can change at a moment’s notice.

  1. Don Cheadle for Miles Ahead (more)
  2. Ethan and Joel Coen for Hail, Caesar! (more)
  3. Gus Van Sant for The Sea of Trees (more)
  4. Garth Davis for Lion (more)
  5. Ben Younger for Bleed for This (more)
  6. Jonathan Jakubowicz for Hands of Stone (more)
  7. Orson Welles for The Other Side of the Wind (more)
  8. Jason Bateman for The Family Fang (more)
  9. Werner Herzog for Queen of the Desert (more)


  • Juan Antonio Bayona for A Monster Calls (more)


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