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The Snooty Ushers’ Oscar Predictions: Best Director


The Snooty Ushers consult the Tarot Cards to predict the winning Best Director for this year’s Oscars.

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Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages, The Snooty Ushers proudly present to you our 2017 Oscar predictions! We have already crowned our Best Film of 2016 (it can be found here) but we are not the only prestigious body giving out awards. This Sunday night is the 89th Academy Awards, but if you can’t wait for the Jimmy Kimmel hosted show, we have predicted the winners for you, right here!

We have already picked out who we think will win the best screenplay awards (they can be found here) supporting actor and actress awards (just click here). Tomorrow is lead actors and actress and on Sunday the best picture itself, but for now, here are our predictions for…

Best Director

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And the nominations are…

And our predictions are…

James
Who I want to win: Denis Villeneuvue. I picked Arrival as my “want to win” choice for Original Screenplay, and again, I want Arrival to win. Villeneuvue did a fantastic job bringing a human touch to what could have been a very cold story, yet still gave us striking visuals, a memorable soundtrack, and some nifty creature design. Blade Runner 2049 is in good hands.

Who I think will win: Mel GibsonI’m going to stick my neck out with this one. I think the “new” directors will still need to “earn” their Oscars. It is a first nomination for Villeneuve, Lonergen, and Jenkins, and Chazelle is younger than me, so I’m not emotionally prepared for that just yet. One (or more) of them will win a screenplay Oscar, and probably the Best Picture one as well. But Hollywood loves a comeback story, so Mel Gibson gets it for me.

Dan
Who I want to win: Kenneth Lonergan. Manchester by the Sea is one of the most beautifully heart wrenching films I’ve seen, and Lonergan plays a huge part in that.

Who I think will win: Damien Chazelle. Fantastic direction aside, I don’t think Chazelle could have played to the ageing Academy members more he has with his work on La La Land.

Dave
Who I want to win: Denis Villeneuvue.  Most exciting talent working at the moment.

Who I think will win: Damien Chazelle. La La Land will clean up and the film is very well directed

Welshy
Who I want to win: Mel Gibson Hacksaw Ridge  I have said this for years the man is an incredible director. I know he has been shunned slightly for his madness in 2007-2009 but This was a brilliant film and could be a return to the fold

Who I think will win: Damien Chazelle. La La Land..If ever there was a director who knew his audience it was Damien Chazelle. This will take it in the La La Land sweep. It’s Hollywood meta text and nostalgia is made for the academy to gush over 

Rich
Who I want to win: Mel Gibson. Regardless what you think of the man, he’s a fantastic director when left alone and given the time. He’s even been attached to a suicide squad sequel, if his efforts in Hacksaw Ridge are anything to go by then let it happen.

Who I think will win: Damien Chazelle. I caught La La Land a lot later than most and even after hearing all the hype surrounding it I went into it thinking ‘surely its’s not that good’. Boy was I wrong, Magical from start to finish, Georges review above was a brilliant primer before I went to see it.


 

We’ll be back tomorrow with our best actor and actress predictions. Let us know what you think we’ve got right, what we’ve got wrong, and who you think will take home the golden statues tomorrow night.

Until next time, stay gold Ponyboy, stay gold. See you soonish.

 

About Snooty Usher James

Favourite Film: This Is Spinal Tap (1984) Least Favourite Film: Probably the American version of One Missed Call (2008) Guilty Pleasure: No Holds Barred (1989) I'm the exile of the group, after living in the South for a couple of years I've now moved to Edinburgh to start the next chapter. I've got a wide ranging love of film and TV, but I am definitely the fourth usher in terms of film knowledge. I do however have a stack of DVDs to work through, and both a Netflix and an Amazon Prime subscription with which to get involved. So, even if my job means I don't get to see as many of the new releases as I would like, I hope to be able to chip in with some reviews of my own. My other hobbies include playing the guitar, trying to play the ukulele, Football Manager and Radio 4. I'm also a big fan of wrestling. Part of that means that I have a bunch of ideas for columns that I have stolen from various parts of IWC, so look out for them. But hey, enough of my yacking. What do you say.....let's boogie.

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