86th Academy Awards Predictions: Best Director

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Nicolas Winding Refn
Writer, Bronson
Writer, director, and producer Nicolas Winding Refn was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1970, to Anders Refn, a film director and editor, and Vibeke Winding (née Tuxen), a cinematographer. Just before he turned 11, in 1981, he moved to New York with his parents, where he lived out his teenage years. New York quickly became his city and soon began to shape Nicolas's future...
“ For Only God Forgives ” - GenericBadGuy
 
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“ For The World's End ” - GenericBadGuy
 
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Derek Cianfrance
Derek Cianfrance began making movies at age 13. He later attended The University of Colorado where he studied under avant-garde film legends Stan Brakhage and Phil Solomon. His first three films, 'Five O'clock Shadow', 'Raw Footage', and Brother Tied, won consecutive Goldfarb Awards for best film...
“ For The Place Beyond The Pines ” - GenericBadGuy
 
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Ron Howard
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ron Howard is one of this generation's most popular directors. From the critically acclaimed dramas A Beautiful Mind and Apollo 13 to the hit comedies Parenthood and Splash, he has created some of Hollywood's most memorable films. Howard directed and produced "Cinderella Man" starring Oscar winner Russell Crowe...
“ For Rush ” - GenericBadGuy
 
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James Wan
Writer, Saw
James Wan (born 27 February 1977) is an Australian film producer, screenwriter and film director of Malaysian Chinese descent. He is widely known for directing the horror film Saw and creating Billy the puppet. Wan has also directed Dead Silence, Death Sentence, Insidious, The Conjuring and Furious 7...
“ For The Conjuring ” - GenericBadGuy
 
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“ For Prisoners ” - GenericBadGuy
 
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Jon S. Baird
Director, Filth
Jon S. Baird was born and raised in Aberdeen-shire, Scotland, but then moved to London to immerse himself in all aspects of film production. Baird began his career at the BBC and quickly progressed through the ranks to become one of Britain's most exciting directorial talents. His first role as director was in 2003 when he directed the topical comedy show The State We're In...
“ For Filth ” - GenericBadGuy
 
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“ (And Jim Rash) For The Way Way Back ” - GenericBadGuy
 
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“ For Trance ” - GenericBadGuy
 
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Guillermo del Toro
Guillermo del Toro is a Mexican film director, screenwriter, producer, and novelist. In his filmmaking career, del Toro has alternated between Spanish-language dark fantasy pieces, such as the gothic horror film The Devil's Backbone (2001), and Pan's Labyrinth (2006), and more mainstream American action movies...
“ For Pacific Rim ” - GenericBadGuy
 
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Paul Greengrass
Paul Greengrass started his filmmaking career with a super 8 camera he found in his art room in secondary school. Those short movies were animation horror films he made using old dolls, artist dummies, and the general art room clutter. After studying in Cambridge University he got into Granada Television...
“ For Captain Phillips ” - GenericBadGuy