Ty Burr, Boston Globe film critic
Ty Burr says ...
What's more difficult to put on film: A massive sci-fi spectacle or A complex human drama set in the midst of war? Your call, but it looks likely that Academy voters will elect to take the air out of the King of the World's tires by giving the director statue to his ex-wife. How nice that she deserves it.
  • Will win
    Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker

  • Should win
    Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker

  • Shouldn't be here
    Jason Reitman, Up in the Air

  • Was robbed
    The Coen Brothers, A Serious Man

Wesley Morris, Boston Globe film critic
Wesley Morris says ...
It seems undignified to reduce this race, essentially now between two exes, to a Nancy Meyer's movie, but: It's complicated. "Avatar" is a visionary achievement. Unfortunately, that vision belongs to James Cameron, whose antics during his previous Oscar triumph continue to make people roll their eyes. Meanwhile, a win for his ex-wife and good pal, Kathryn Bigelow, would be historic, (she'd be the first woman to win for directing), richly deserved and less annoying.
  • Will win
    Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker

  • Should win
    Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker

  • Shouldn't be here
    Jason Reitman, Up in the Air

  • Was robbed
    Claire Denis, 35 Shots of Rum