Best Director Overview

This year’s nominees for Best Director of a motion picture released in 2012 represent an intriguing combination of long time Hollywood industry power players and up and coming breakout stars. Classic Hollywood directors such as Steven Spielberg are rubbing shoulders with newcomers such as Kathryn Bigelow. The awards ceremony, which is slated to take place in Hollywood on February 24, 2013, looks to be a time of great promise and pride for the industry. Classic films such as “Lincoln” and “Argo” deserve recognition for their directors, and there is no higher and more famous recognition than to be honored at the Academy Awards. It will be a night to never forget.

Steven Spielberg, as always, looks to be the easy money favorite. This year, the veteran director of such cinematic blockbusters as “E.T.”, “Schindler’s List”, “Saving Private Ryan”, and “1941″, will be looking to clean up big once again at the Oscars. His “Lincoln” garnered record box office receipts for its painstaking historical accuracy and breakout performances from such Hollywood luminaries as Tommy Lee Jones, Sally Field, James Spader, and the film’s namesake character, portrayed by lovable industry eccentric, Daniel Day Lewis (“My Left Foot”, “Gangs Of New York”, “There Will Be Blood”). As always, Steven Spielberg is a top contender for the nod.

Other films which were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture this year include “Zero Dark Thirty”, “Argo”, “Silver Linings Playbook”, and “Les Miserables”. Of these remaining four contenders, perhaps “Les Miserables” has the best chance of mopping up the pay dirt, should Spielberg fail to do the honors. “Les Miserables” contains silver screen dynamite in the form of such blockbuster stars as Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, and Sacha Baron Cohen. The directors of these other films include such top rated mavens as Kathryn Bigelow and Ben Affleck, so competition for top honors may be a closer race than many have expected.