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)
2Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert (EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE)
3Todd Field (TÁR)
4Sarah Polley (WOMEN TALKING)
5Martin McDonagh (THE BANSHEES OF INISHERIN)
6Damien Chazelle (BABYLON)
7Ruben Östlund (TRIANGLE OF SADNESS)
8Alejandro G. Iñárritu (BARDO)
9James Cameron (AVATAR: THE WAY OF WATER)
10Darren Aronofsky (THE WHALE)

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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)
6Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert (EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE)
7Martin McDonagh (THE BANSHEES OF INISHERIN)
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)
2Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert (EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE)
3Sarah Polley (WOMEN TALKING)
4Todd Field (TÁR)
5Park Chan-wook (DECISION TO LEAVE)
6Damien Chazelle (BABYLON)
7Martin McDonagh (THE BANSHEES OF INISHERIN)
8James Cameron (AVATAR: THE WAY OF WATER)
9Alejandro G. Iñárritu (BARDO)
10Ruben Östlund (TRIANGLE OF SADNESS)

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

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

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

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Daniel Howat
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)
6Darren Aronofsky (THE WHALE)
7Todd Field (TÁR)
8Alejandro G. Iñárritu (BARDO)
9James Cameron (AVATAR: THE WAY OF WATER)
10Joseph Kosinski (TOP GUN: MAVERICK)

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Will Mavity
1Steven Spielberg (THE FABELMANS)
2Damien Chazelle (BABYLON)
3Sarah Polley (WOMEN TALKING)
4Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert (EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE)
5Todd Field (TÁR)
6Martin McDonagh (THE BANSHEES OF INISHERIN)
7Darren Aronofsky (THE WHALE)
8Ruben Östlund (TRIANGLE OF SADNESS)
9Alejandro G. Iñárritu (BARDO)
10James Cameron (AVATAR: THE WAY OF WATER)

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Tom O'Brien
1Steven Spielberg (THE FABELMANS)
2Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert (EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE)
3Todd Field (TÁR)
4Martin McDonagh (THE BANSHEES OF INISHERIN)
5Sarah Polley (WOMEN TALKING)
6Damien Chazelle (BABYLON)
7Darren Aronofsky (THE WHALE)
8Alejandro G. Iñárritu (BARDO)
9James Cameron (AVATAR: THE WAY OF WATER)
10Ruben Östlund (TRIANGLE OF SADNESS)

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Josh Parham
1Steven Spielberg (THE FABELMANS)
2Damien Chazelle (BABYLON)
3Sarah Polley (WOMEN TALKING)
4Ruben Östlund (TRIANGLE OF SADNESS)
5Todd Field (TÁR)
6Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert (EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE)
7Park Chan-wook (DECISION TO LEAVE)
8Martin McDonagh (THE BANSHEES OF INISHERIN)
9Alejandro G. Iñárritu (BARDO)
10Lukas Dhont (CLOSE)

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Ema Sasic
1Steven Spielberg (THE FABELMANS)
2Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert (EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE)
3Sarah Polley (WOMEN TALKING)
4Martin McDonagh (THE BANSHEES OF INISHERIN)
5Damien Chazelle (BABYLON)
6Todd Field (TÁR)
7Alejandro G. Iñárritu (BARDO)
8Darren Aronofsky (THE WHALE)
9Ruben Östlund (TRIANGLE OF SADNESS)
10James Cameron (AVATAR: THE WAY OF WATER)

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

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