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85th Academy Awards

Best Director

Ty Burr, Boston Globe film critic
Ty Burr says ...
With Bigelow and Affleck out of the race, Spielberg should easily triumph, and in fact “Lincoln” is exactly the kind of movie the Academy likes to throw Oscars at: important, historical, good, good for you. “Lincoln” may ultimately be Daniel Day-Lewis’s and Tony Kushner’s film more than it is St. Steven’s, but Oscar periodically likes to show this director love, and here’s where it’ll happen. For all of Lee’s marvelous world-building in “Pi,” the film’s message is muddled.
  • Will win
    Steven Spielberg, Lincoln

  • Should win
    Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild

  • Shouldn't be here
    Ang Lee, Life of Pi

  • Was robbed
    Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty

Janice Page, Boston Globe film editor
Janice Page says ...
Given that the worst thing about the otherwise first-rate “Lincoln” is its schmaltzy Spielbergian touches, from soldiers reciting the Gettysburg Address (hey, at least they cast some black people) to an ending that can’t resist making an aria of a son’s grief, it would be nice to see an upset in this category. But no Affleck and no Kathryn Bigelow equals no competition for Spielberg. Unless Harvey Weinstein can manage to . . . Nah.
  • Will win
    Steven Spielberg, Lincoln

  • Should win
    Michael Haneke, Amour

  • Shouldn't be here
    Steven Spielberg, Lincoln

  • Was robbed
    Wes Anderson, Moonrise Kingdom