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Who Will Win Best Director at the 2020 Oscars?

| January 22, 2020 4:07 am PDT
Who Will Win Best Director at the 2020 Oscars?

Right behind Best Picture, arguably the most prestigious award to be seen at the Oscars is Best Director.

The nuance that can go into making a complete picture for the big screen falls on that one person. They’re in charge of maximizing the talent of the actors (not to mention dealing with massive egos), transferring a story to film, and flawlessly piecing constantly moving pieces together.

Often a thankless job where artistic view is either overlooked or misunderstood, the Oscars gives those hard-working directors one night where they have a shot at the recognition they deserve.

Some of the greatest filmmakers in the world have been honored at the Academy Awards over the years, and that is sure to happen again at the 92nd Oscars.

Take a look at the Best Director nominees for 2020, including my ranking in order of most likely to win. In addition, I’ll wrap things up with a predicted winner for anyone looking to place bets at their favorite entertainment betting websites.

Let’s get into who will win Best Director at the 2020 Oscars.

Todd Phillips – Joker (+3300 Odds)

Some will tell you that Todd Phillips doesn’t have his own original thoughts here, meshing the watered-down superhero genre with a dark world first breathed into life by the great Scorsese.

It’s hard to ignore the similarities between Phillips’ gritty Gotham and what we’ve seen from some of the classic mobster flicks. That said, Joker is a case study of mental illness and societal shortcomings that stands strong all on its own.

Phillips keeps the carrot at the end of the stick for a brilliant Joaquin Phoenix, while establishing the pillars to hold up an authentic and shockingly unbiased story — controversial as it may be.

I love what Phillips did here, but I get the feeling the Academy wasn’t exactly blown away.

Martin Scorsese – The Irishman (+1600)

Martin Scorsese got the band back together for one more go of it in The Irishman, which tests our limits as movie-goers in terms of time but rewards us in substance.

The Irishman props up some fantastic acting (I see you, Al Pacino), but Scorsese’s crystal-clear vision is what keeps this three-hour endeavor from feeling tiresome.

When you can take a (perhaps) true story and make it this captivating, you’re not just doing something right; you’re doing something special.

The 77-year-old Scorsese handed in a masterpiece in what could be one of his final films. It’s possible the Academy rewards him for his craft one last time.

Bong Joon Ho – Parasite (+200)

Joon Ho may finally be primed for the respect he deserves. Much of his work has been non-English, but some will recall his exquisite direction in underrated gems such as Snowpiercer and Okja.

Parasite may be the engine that firmly puts Joon Ho on the map. Despite never seeing any of his films get worse than a 76% RottenTomatoes.com grade, this is Joon Ho’s first Oscars nomination.

Joon Ho’s latest work is a master class on tension-building and genre-hops its way to unexpected places. This isn’t where the Oscars usually take us, but perhaps should.

Quentin Tarantino – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (+800)

Of course, there’s the undeniable Tarantino, who has a real shot at staging a huge upset with his ninth feature film. The legendary director has put together some fantastic movies, but few have quite broached that “Oscars-worthy” plateau.

His work on Once Upon a Time in Hollywood could get it done, as a trip down memory lane stops in the 1970s and stirs up all kinds of throwback emotions.

Thanks to excellent shooting, amazing tension, brilliant acting, and a nice little twist, Tarantino at worst creates a fun little world of yesteryear you won’t mind revisiting again and again.

Is that all enough to get Tarantino his first Best Director win before he calls it a career? Only maybe.

Sam Mendes – 1917 (-175)

Already honored at the 2020 Golden Globes for his breathtaking work on the exhilarating 1917, Mendes enters this year’s Oscars as the top favorite to win Best Director.

Mendes took the unusual approach of making 1917 feel like it was all shot in one take. His ability to capture the intensity of both live war action and a journey of sheer desperation was impeccable, as well.

Having won in this category back in 2000 (American Beauty), Mendes will be taking a shot at his second Best Director win. The odds and his work in his latest film indicate he’s a very good bet to get it.

2020 Oscars Best Director Prediction

If you’re not betting on who will win Best Director at the 2020 Oscars, then just sit back and enjoy the show.

One way or another, we will see greatness hit the stage at the 92nd Academy Awards, as every single one of these creative minds built something beautiful for us to soak up.

That said, you’re probably here to make a little bit of money. I could make at least a faint case for any of these directors, but the most jaw-dropping work comes out of 1917. Mendes took home Best Director at the Golden Globes, and that event can often show us who will take first place at the Oscars.

I wouldn’t lean on that completely, but Mendes has a balanced career filled with some amazing work. He really delivers in this unique war story, and nobody should be bummed if he wins.

Mendes is the pick for me here, and the price isn’t even bad. That said, you’re getting insane value for just about everyone else in what honestly could be pitched as a wide-open race.

  • Sam Mendes – 1917
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