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Oscar Nominees 2012: Best Director
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Oscar Nominees 2012: Best Director | Alexander Payne (The Descendants)
Alexander Payne (The Descendants)

Why He Will Win

  He's a well-respected American director who hasn’t directed a bad film yet, and has built up a respectable crop of Oscar nominations relatively quickly.
  They’ve already given him a Screenplay prize, so it’d be rude to restrict him to that once again.
  The film is none-more traditionally Oscar-friendly: a family drama, a major star, a fresh take on same.

 


 

 Why He Won't Win

  Payne may still be a little too quirky – or worse, clever – for Oscar voters.
  The stars seem to be aligned in favour of the French dude with the silent movie. Payne’s film features talking – like, how last year.
  He just got to work with George Clooney. That’s reward enough.

 

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