Best Director

Each week, the Oscars Central team will bring you updated predictions! The team will be basing predictions on forecasters, other nominations/wins, campaigns and previous Oscar season patterns. Below, you’ll find our Top 10 predictions for Best Director.

*Last updated 9/22

KENZIE
SARAH POLLEY – WOMEN TALKING
DAMIEN CHAZELLE – BABYLON
TODD FIELD – TÁR
ALEJANDRO G. IÑÁRRITU – BARDO
STEVEN SPIELBERG – THE FABELMANS
EDWARD BERGER – ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT
ALI ABBASI – HOLY SPIDER
PARK CHAN-WOOK – DECISION TO LEAVE
DARREN ARONOFSKY – THE WHALE
SAM MENDES – EMPIRE OF LIGHT
JACOB
SARAH POLLEY – WOMEN TALKING
PARK CHAN-WOOK – DECISION TO LEAVE
STEVEN SPIELBERG – THE FABELMANS
DAMIEN CHAZELLE – BABYLON
EDWARD BERGER – ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT
SAM MENDES – EMPIRE OF LIGHT
TODD FIELD – TÁR
ALEJANDRO G. IÑÁRRITU – BARDO
THE DANIELS – EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE
RUBEN ÖSTLUND – TRIANGLE OF SADNESS
RICKY
SARAH POLLEY – WOMEN TALKING 
DAMIEN CHAZELLE – BABYLON
STEVEN SPIELBERG – THE FABELMANS
SAM MENDES – EMPIRE OF LIGHT
TODD FIELD – TÁR
ALEJANDRO G. IÑÁRRITU – BARDO
PARK CHAN-WOOK – DECISION TO LEAVE
BAZ LUHRMANN – ELVIS
MARIA SCHRADER – SHE SAID
FLORIAN ZELLER – THE SON
NICOLE
SARAH POLLEY – WOMEN TALKING 
STEVEN SPIELBERG – THE FABELMANS
DAMIEN CHAZELLE – BABYLON
TODD FIELD – TÁR
EDWARD BERGER – ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT
PARK CHAN-WOOK – DECISION TO LEAVE
ALEJANDRO G. IÑÁRRITU – BARDO
SAM MENDES – EMPIRE OF LIGHT
BAZ LUHRMANN – ELVIS
MARIA SCHRADER – SHE SAID
JILLIAN
DAMIEN CHAZELLE – BABYLON
PARK CHAN-WOOK – DECISION TO LEAVE
SARAH POLLEY – WOMEN TALKING
TODD FIELD – TÁR
RUBEN ÖSTLUND – TRIANGLE OF SADNESS
STEVEN SPIELBERG – THE FABLEMANS
SAM MENDES – EMPIRE OF LIGHT
DARREN ARONOFSKY – THE WHALE
MARIA SCHRADER – SHE SAID
JAMES CAMERON – AVATAR: THE WAY OF WATER
ADRIANO
DAMIEN CHAZELLE – BABYLON
STEVEN SPIELBERG – THE FABELMANS
THE DANIELS – EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE
SARAH POLLEY – WOMEN TALKING
EDWARD BERGER – ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT
TODD FIELD – TAR
JAMES CAMERON – AVATAR: THE WAY OF WATER
DARREN ARONOFSKY – THE WHALE
MARTIN MCDONAGH – THE BANSHEES OF INISHERIN
ALEJANDRO G. IÑÁRRITU – BARDO
LEX
STEVEN SPIELBERG – THE FABELMANS
DAMIEN CHAZELLE – BABYLON
THE DANIELS – EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE
SARAH POLLEY – WOMEN TALKING
ALEJANDRO G. IÑÁRRITU – BARDO
SAM MENDES – EMPIRE OF LIGHT
BAZ LUHRMANN – ELVIS
MARTIN MCDONAGH – THE BANSHEES OF INISHERIN
MARIA SCHRADER – SHE SAID