indieWIRE will provide regular updates of our predictions for the 84th Academy Award nominations through late January, when the nominations are announced.
Here's our take on the best director category. The men (and sadly this race is entirely about men) behind the frontrunners for best picture - "The Artist" director Michel Hazanavicius, "The Descendants" director Alexander Payne and "Hugo" director Martin Scorsese - seem pretty secure, though after that its a tight race between an impressive trio of filmmakers: Steven Spielberg, Woody Allen, Terrence Malick, Bennett Miller and - if the film rallys - Stephen Daldry seem like the only folks with genuine shots at this point.
Best director predictions below. Check out all predictions in all the categories here.
The Predicted 5:
1. Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
2. Alexander Payne, The Descendants
3. Martin Scorsese, Hugo
4. Steven Spielberg, War Horse