Best Director 2017

Most recent update: Mar. 6, 2017

kennethbranagh_dunkirkKenneth Branagh in Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk (via The Leaky Cauldron)

Just for fun, of course. A summer release for Dunkirk may hurt Christopher Nolan here, but will Steven Spielberg really win a third Director trophy, even if The Post wins big overall?


My official predictions include only performances in films set for U.S. distribution in 2016. The process of guessing who will and will not make the cut always seems to be collaborative, so feel free to leave a comment – here or on Twitter – that addresses any relevant information or contenders you feel should be included.


  1. Christopher Nolan for Dunkirk (more)

  2. Steven Spielberg for The Post (more)

  3. Darren Aronofsky for Mother! (more)

  4. Kathryn Bigelow for Untitled Kathryn Bigelow Film (more)

  5. Jordan Peele for Get Out (more)

Next in Line?

  1. Denis Villeneuve for Blade Runner 2049 (more)
  2. Luca Guadagnino for Call Me By Your Name (more)
  3. Dee Rees for Mudbound (more)
  4. George Clooney for Suburbicon (more)
  5. Alex Garland for Annihilation (more)

Other Possibilities

  1. Todd Haynes for Wonderstruck (more)
  2. Kenneth Branagh for Murder on the Orient Express (more)
  3. Jason Dean Hall for Thank You for Your Service (more)
  4. Kate and Laura Mulleavy for Woodshock (more)
  5. Joe Wright for Darkest Hour (more)
  6. Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina for Coco (more)
  7. Stephen Frears for Victoria and Abdul (more)
  8. Julius Onah for God Particle (more)
  9. Joon Ho Bong for Okja (more)
  10. Destin Cretton for The Glass Castle (more)
  11. David Robert Mitchell for Under the Silver Lake (more)
  12. Alexander Payne for Downsizing (more)
  13. Woody Allen for Wonder Wheel (more)
  14. Martin McDonagh for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing,
  15. Sofia Coppola for The Beguiled (more)
  16. M. Night Shyamalan for Split (more)
  17. Yorgos Lanthimos for The Killing of a Sacred Deer (more)

Long Shots

  1. Edgar Wright for Baby Driver (more)
  2. Lynne Ramsay for You Were Never Really Here (more)
  3. Trey Edward Shults for It Comes at Night (more)
  4. Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris for Battle of the Sexes (more)
  5. Azazel Jacobs for The Lovers (more)
  6. Aaron Sorkin for Molly’s Game (more)
  7. Simon Curtis for Untitled Simon Curtis Film (more)


In Limbo

The following films fall into one or more of the following categories: They might not hit theaters this year due to distributors’ schedules, they might not be complete in time, or the films might lack stateside distribution altogether. Of course, as anyone who follows this mess knows, things can change at a moment’s notice.

Of course, as anyone who follows this mess knows, things can change at a moment’s notice.

  • Kathryn Bigelow for Untitled Kathryn Bigelow Film (more)
  • Amma Asante for Where Hands Touch (more)

A photo of Patricia Arquette in Boyhood (via Collider).


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