My 84th Oscars Predictions - Best Achievement in Directing

The first 5 are the ones I think have the highest chance of getting nominated. The others are the ones that I think will be nominated, if I'm wrong about the first 5.

Note that the first 5 are in alphabetical order. And the last 10 are in order of their likelihood to get nominated if I'm wrong about the first 5.
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1.
“ For "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" ” - alexandersapphiredestiny
 
2.
David Cronenberg
Director, The Fly
David Cronenberg, also known as the King of Venereal Horror or the Baron of Blood, was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in 1943. His father was a journalist, and his mother was a piano player. After showing an inclination for literature at an early age (he wrote and published eerie short stories, thus following his father's path) and for music (playing classical guitar until he was 12)...
“ For "A Dangerous Method" ” - alexandersapphiredestiny
 
3.
Stephen Daldry
Director, The Reader
In 1989, Stephen Daldry worked as a freelance reader of unsolicited manuscripts for Literary Manager Nicholas Wright in the Scripts Department at the Royal National Theatre. In July of that year, he directed a Dadaist/expressionist production of "Judgement Day," a play by Odon von Horvath, at the Old Red Lion in London.
“ For "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" ” - alexandersapphiredestiny
 
4.
Michel Hazanavicius
Director, The Artist
Michel Hazanavicius was born and raised in Paris, France. His grandparents were originally from Lithuania, but relocated to France in the 1920s. Hazanavicius attended art school, and moved on to work as a director for commercials and television projects. In 1999, he wrote and directed his first feature film Mes amis...
“ For "The Artist" ” - alexandersapphiredestiny
 
5.
Alexander Payne
Producer, The Descendants
Director, producer and screenwriter Alexander Payne was born in Omaha, Nebraska. His parents, Peggy (Constantine) and George Payne, ran a Greek restaurant. His father is of Greek and German ancestry, and his mother is of Greek descent; the family name was originally Papadopoulos. He has two older brothers...
“ For "The Descendants" ” - alexandersapphiredestiny
 
6.
Clint Eastwood
Perhaps the icon of macho movie stars, and a living legend, Clint Eastwood has become a standard in international cinema. Born May 31, 1930 in San Francisco, the elder of two children in a middle-class family, Eastwood finished high school at the comparatively late age of nineteen and worked odd jobs over a period of several years before enrolling at Los Angeles City College...
“ For "J. Edgar" ” - alexandersapphiredestiny
 
7.
George Clooney
Actor, Gravity
George Timothy Clooney was born on May 6, 1961, in Lexington, Kentucky, to Nina Bruce (née Warren), a former beauty pageant queen, and Nick Clooney, a former anchorman and game show host (who was also the brother of singer Rosemary Clooney). He has Irish, English, and German ancestry. Clooney spent most of this youth in Ohio and Kentucky...
“ For "The Ides of March" ” - alexandersapphiredestiny
 
8.
“ For "Super 8" ” - alexandersapphiredestiny
 
9.
“ For "Young Adult" ” - alexandersapphiredestiny
 
10.
Roman Polanski
Director, The Pianist
Roman Polanski is a Polish film director, producer, writer and actor. Having made films in Poland, Britain, France and the USA, he is considered one of the few truly international filmmakers. Roman Polanski was born in Paris in 1933. His parents returned to Poland from France in 1936, three years before World War II began...
“ for "Carnage" ” - alexandersapphiredestiny
 
11.
Terrence Malick
Terrence Malick was born in Ottawa, Illinois. His family subsequently lived in Oklahoma and he went to school in Austin, Texas. He did his undergraduate work at Harvard, graduating summa cum laude with a degree in philosophy in 1965. A member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society, he attended Magdalen College...
“ for "The Tree of Life" ” - alexandersapphiredestiny
 
12.
Ralph Fiennes
Actor Ralph Nathaniel Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes was born on December 22, 1962 in Suffolk, England, to Jennifer Anne Mary Alleyne (Lash), a novelist, and Mark Fiennes, a photographer. He is the eldest of six children. Four of his siblings are also in the arts: Martha Fiennes, a director; Magnus Fiennes...
“ for "Coriolanus" ” - alexandersapphiredestiny
 
13.
“ For "We Need to Talk About Kevin" ” - alexandersapphiredestiny
 
14.
Phyllida Lloyd
Director, Mamma Mia!
Leading British theatre director, particularly praised for her work in opera.
“ For "The Iron Lady" ” - alexandersapphiredestiny
 
15.
Simon Curtis
Simon Curtis began his directing career at the Royal Court Theatre, where he was Deputy Director to Max Stafford Clark and director of the Theatre Upstairs. His many productions there included the world premiere of Jim Cartwright's ROAD, which transferred to the Lincoln Center, New York. He has since worked extensively with BBC Television and Films...
“ for "My Week with Marilyn" ” - alexandersapphiredestiny