Academy Awards Betting Odds For Best Director 2019

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Place your bets–betting on the Oscars is now legal exclusively in New Jersey. Will Spike Lee finally take home a Best Director award, or will the director of Roma steal the show? Here’s a list of the nominees and their chances of winning.

Best Director odds

SportsbookAlfonso Cuaron (Roma)Spike Lee (BlackKklansman)Yorgos Lanthimos (The Favourite)Adam McKay (Vice)Pawel Pawlikowski (Cold War)
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Alfonso Cuarón (Roma)

Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón is best known for his films Y Tu Mamá También (2001), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004), Children of Men (2006), and Gravity (2013).

He has been nominated for ten Academy Awards, including Best Original Screenplay for Y Tu Mamá También and Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Film Editing for Children of Men. In 2014, Cuarón became the first Latin American director to win the Academy Award for Best Director with Gravity.

His latest film, Netflix’s Roma, received 10 nominations at the 91st Academy Awards, including:

  • Best Picture
  • Best Foreign Language Film
  • Best Director
  • Best Actress
  • Best Supporting Actress

It’s tied with The Favourite as the most-nominated film, and with 2000’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon for the most Oscar nominations ever received by a film not in the English language.

After winning Best Director at the 76th Golden Globes Awards and Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film at this year’s Director’s Guild of America Awards, Cuarón is a massive favorite to win the Best Director trophy.

Key Awards for Roma

Directors Guild of America: Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film
Golden Globes: Best Foreign Language Film, Best Director
National Board of Review: Top Ten Best Films of 2018

Spike Lee (BlacKkKlansman)

Spike Lee made his directorial debut with 1986’s She’s Gotta Have It and has since directed films such as Do the Right Thing (1989), Malcolm X (1992), 25th Hour (2002), Inside Man (2006), and Chi-Raq (2015). He has been nominated five times for an Academy Award, but hasn’t won. In 2015, he was given the Academy Honorary Award for his contributions to cinema.

His latest feature, BlacKkKlansman, won the Grand Prix at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. The film has received six nominations at the 91st Academy Awards, including:

  • Best Picture
  • Best Director (Lee’s first-ever nomination in this category)
  • Best Adapted Screenplay
  • Best Supporting Actor
  • Best Film Editing
  • Best Original Score

Cuarón has seemingly had the Best Director category locked up all season, but Spike Lee is a visionary filmmaker riding high on his first directing nomination. If the Academy decides to spread the love around – Cuarón is also the frontrunner for cinematography and foreign film prizes – Lee could find himself going home with an Oscar for his best, hardest-hitting work in decades.

Key Awards for BlacKkKlansman

While BlacKkKlansman has been nominated for awards by the Golden Globes, the Directors Guild of America, Producers Guild of America, and Screen Actors Guild, it has yet to score a major win.

Yorgos Lanthimos (The Favourite)

Yorgos Lanthimos is a Greek filmmaker known for his polarizing films Dogtooth (2009), The Lobster (2015), and The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017). His latest film, The Favourite, won the Grand Jury Prize at the 75th Venice Film Festival before winning 10 British Independent Film Awards, including:

  • Best Picture
  • Best Actress
  • Best Supporting Actress
  • Best Director
  • Best Screenplay

Nominated for 10 Oscars at the 91st Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director (Lanthimos’s first ever nomination in this category), Best Actress, and two Best Supporting Actress nods, The Favourite ties with Cuarón’s Roma as the most-nominated film of 2018.

Key Awards for The Favourite

Golden Globes: Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy (Olivia Colman)

Adam McKay (Vice)

Best known for directing the Will Ferrell comedies Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004), Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006), and Step Brothers (2008), Adam McKay ventured into dramatic territory with 2015’s The Big Short. The film won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay in addition to nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Film Editing.

McKay’s latest film, the Dick Cheney biopic Vice, received numerous nominations, including eight at the 91st Academy Awards, a leading six at the 76th Golden Globe Awards, and six at the 72nd British Academy Film Awards.

Key Awards for Vice

Golden Globes: Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy (Christian Bale)

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Pawel Pawlikowski (Cold War)

Polish filmmaker Paweł Pawlikowski garnered acclaim for documentaries like From Moscow to Pietushki with Benny Yerofeyev (1990) and Tripping with Zhirinovsky (1994) and the feature films Last Resort (2000) and My Summer of Love (2004). In 2015, his film Ida, about a young woman on the verge of taking vows as a Catholic nun, won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

His latest film, Cold War, follows a man and a woman who fall in love in the ruins of post-war Poland and is loosely inspired by the lives of Pawlikowski’s parents. The film has received three nominations at the 91st Academy Awards, including Best Director, Best Foreign Language Film, and Best Cinematography.

Key Awards for Cold War

National Board of Review: Best Foreign Language Film

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