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In any movie awards show, the man or woman that wins the Best Director Award usually also sees the Best Picture movie come their way, although, in recent years, there have been exceptions to the rule. We usually have a rather good idea of which movies will reign supreme during awards season, but there seems to be a real divide among movie fans and critics as we head into the Golden Globe Awards, which you can catch on TV this coming Sunday night, January 6. We have taken a look at all the major acting categories, but let’s now take a look behind the camera at the 5 nominees for Best Director – Motion Picture.

Alfonso Cuaron – Roma -400

This is proving to be a big year for Mr. Cuaron, as he is up for no less than 3 Golden Globes for this movie, which really can best be described as a passion project for the director. He is no stranger to these awards, though, as he has 2 prior nominations, including a win for Best Director for Gravity in 2015. If there is a downside, it’s that the Hollywood Foreign Press may decide to give him the Best Director for Foreign Language Film as opposed to this one, although it could also go the other way.

Golden Globe Awards 2019, Best Director - Motion Picture Alfonso-Cuaron_ROMA

Bradley Cooper – A Star is Born +240

Mr. Cooper is no stranger to the Golden Globes, as this will represent the 4th time that he has been nominated for his work. The difference here is that this will be the first time that he will be in the director category, which is all the more impressive when you learn that A Star is Born was his directorial debut. It’s never easy to be recognized for a remake, but the fact that this movie generated so much buzz even before it was released tells you that it was a definite success.

Golden Globe Awards 2019, Best Director - Motion Picture Bradley-Cooper_A-STAR-IS-BORN

Adam McKay – Vice +1500

Much like fellow nominee Peter Farrelly, Mr. McKay is probably better known for directing broad comedies such as Amchorman and Talladega Nights, but his move away to a subtler brand of comedy has led to his receiving his 3rd nomination, which includes 2 at this year’s Golden Globes. He may have a better shot in the screenplay category, where he was also nominated a couple of years ago for The Big Short.

Golden Globe Awards 2019, Best Director - Motion Picture Adam-McKay_VICE

Spike Lee – BlacKkKlansman +1500

Mr. Lee’s movies are always critically acclaimed, not to mention sometimes controversial, yet he rarely gets the recognition he deserves when award season rolls around. You need to go all the way back to 1990 to find the last time that he received a nomination from the Hollywood Foreign Press, when he came up short in 2 categories for Do The Right Thing.

Golden Globe Awards 2019, Best Director - Motion Picture Spike-Lee_BLACKKKLANSMAN

Peter Farrelly – Green Book +2000

Mr. Farelly is without a doubt best known for his work alongside his brother in gross out comedies such as Dumb & Dumber and There’s Something About Mary, but he went a more serious, albeit still comedic, route in 2018 with Green Book. He is also nominated for the screenplay for that same movie, and he has to be considered a bit of an outside pick to win this award. Stranger things have happened, though.

Golden Globe Awards 2019, Best Director - Motion Picture Peter-Farrelly_GREEN-BOOK

Our Prediction: Alfonso Cuaron

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