Oscar Predictions – Best Director

Here are the NBP staff predictions for Best Director. For an overview of all awards predictions, visit our Oscar Predictions page.

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NBP Staff Picks

Matt Neglia
1Steven Spielberg (THE FABELMANS)
2Damien Chazelle (BABYLON)
3Sarah Polley (WOMEN TALKING)
4Todd Field (TÁR)
5Edward Berger (ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT)
6Martin McDonagh (THE BANSHEES OF INISHERIN)
7Darren Aronofsky (THE WHALE)
8Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert (EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE)
9Ruben Östlund (TRIANGLE OF SADNESS)
10Joseph Kosinski (TOP GUN: MAVERICK)

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Dan Bayer
1Steven Spielberg (THE FABELMANS)
2Damien Chazelle (BABYLON)
3Edward Berger (ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT)
4Darren Aronofsky (THE WHALE)
5Sarah Polley (WOMEN TALKING)
6Martin McDonagh (THE BANSHEES OF INISHERIN)
7Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert (EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE)
8Todd Field (TÁR)
9James Cameron (AVATAR: THE WAY OF WATER)
10Ruben Östlund (TRIANGLE OF SADNESS)

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Zoe Rose Bryant
1Steven Spielberg (THE FABELMANS)
2Damien Chazelle (BABYLON)
3Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert (EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE)
4Todd Field (TÁR)
5Ruben Östlund (TRIANGLE OF SADNESS)
6Sarah Polley (WOMEN TALKING)
7James Cameron (AVATAR: THE WAY OF WATER)
8Park Chan-wook (DECISION TO LEAVE)
9Martin McDonagh (THE BANSHEES OF INISHERIN)
10Edward Berger (ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT)

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Danilo Castro
1Steven Spielberg (THE FABELMANS)
2Damien Chazelle (BABYLON)
3Todd Field (TÁR)
4Sarah Polley (WOMEN TALKING)
5Martin McDonagh (THE BANSHEES OF INISHERIN)
6Darren Aronofsky (THE WHALE)
7Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert (EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE)
8Edward Berger (ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT)
9Ruben Östlund (TRIANGLE OF SADNESS)
10Joseph Kosinski (TOP GUN: MAVERICK)

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Nadia Dalimonte
1Steven Spielberg (THE FABELMANS)
2Damien Chazelle (BABYLON)
3Todd Field (TÁR)
4Sarah Polley (WOMEN TALKING)
5Park Chan-wook (DECISION TO LEAVE)
6Ruben Östlund (TRIANGLE OF SADNESS)
7Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert (EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE)
8Martin McDonagh (THE BANSHEES OF INISHERIN)
9Darren Aronofsky (THE WHALE)
10James Cameron (AVATAR: THE WAY OF WATER)

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Cody Dericks
1Steven Spielberg (THE FABELMANS)
2Damien Chazelle (BABYLON)
3Sarah Polley (WOMEN TALKING)
4Martin McDonagh (THE BANSHEES OF INISHERIN)
5Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert (EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE)
6Todd Field (TÁR)
7Ruben Östlund (TRIANGLE OF SADNESS)
8Joseph Kosinski (TOP GUN: MAVERICK)
9Park Chan-wook (DECISION TO LEAVE)
10Darren Aronofsky (THE WHALE)

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Daniel Howat
1Steven Spielberg (THE FABELMANS)
2Damien Chazelle (BABYLON)
3Sarah Polley (WOMEN TALKING)
4Martin McDonagh (THE BANSHEES OF INISHERIN)
5Edward Berger (ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT)
6Darren Aronofsky (THE WHALE)
7Todd Field (TÁR)
8Maria Schrader (SHE SAID)
9Joseph Kosinski (TOP GUN: MAVERICK)
10Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert (EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE)

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Will Mavity
1Steven Spielberg (THE FABELMANS)
2Damien Chazelle (BABYLON)
3Maria Schrader (SHE SAID)
4Todd Field (TÁR)
5Sarah Polley (WOMEN TALKING)
6Martin McDonagh (THE BANSHEES OF INISHERIN)
7Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert (EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE)
8Darren Aronofsky (THE WHALE)
9Edward Berger (ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT)
10Ruben Östlund (TRIANGLE OF SADNESS)

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Tom O'Brien
1Steven Spielberg (THE FABELMANS)
2Damien Chazelle (BABYLON)
3Sarah Polley (WOMEN TALKING)
4Todd Field (TÁR)
5Darren Aronofsky (THE WHALE)
6Martin McDonagh (THE BANSHEES OF INISHERIN)
7Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert (EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE)
8Edward Berger (ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT)
9Joseph Kosinski (TOP GUN: MAVERICK)
10James Cameron (AVATAR: THE WAY OF WATER)

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Josh Parham
1Steven Spielberg (THE FABELMANS)
2Damien Chazelle (BABYLON)
3Sarah Polley (WOMEN TALKING)
4Park Chan-wook (DECISION TO LEAVE)
5Martin McDonagh (THE BANSHEES OF INISHERIN)
6Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert (EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE)
7Joseph Kosinski (TOP GUN: MAVERICK)
8Darren Aronofsky (THE WHALE)
9Edward Berger (ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT)
10Lukas Dhont (CLOSE)

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Ema Sasic
1Steven Spielberg (THE FABELMANS)
2Damien Chazelle (BABYLON)
3Sarah Polley (WOMEN TALKING)
4Todd Field (TÁR)
5Edward Berger (ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT)
6Martin McDonagh (THE BANSHEES OF INISHERIN)
7Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert (EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE)
8Sam Mendes (EMPIRE OF LIGHT)
9Darren Aronofsky (THE WHALE)
10James Cameron (AVATAR: THE WAY OF WATER)

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Amy Smith
1Damien Chazelle (BABYLON)
2Steven Spielberg (THE FABELMANS)
3Sarah Polley (WOMEN TALKING)
4Park Chan-wook (DECISION TO LEAVE)
5Martin McDonagh (THE BANSHEES OF INISHERIN)
6Todd Field (TÁR)
7Darren Aronofsky (THE WHALE)
8Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert (EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE)
9Ruben Östlund (TRIANGLE OF SADNESS)
10Joseph Kosinski (TOP GUN: MAVERICK)

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