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2019 Best Director Oscar Predictions: Who’s in Contention? | Rotten Tomatoes

– Here are the nominees for
achievement in directing. – We’re just a few very busy months away from the Academy Awards so it’s probably a good time to start making some
early Oscar predictions, am I right? This is what we do with our free time. We’re gonna tell you which directors we think may snag an
Oscar nomination right now on the Ketchup. There are some huge
names on our early list, starting with Quentin Tarantino and his ninth studio film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which is certified fresh
at 85% on the tomato meter. After a somewhat mediocre response to his last effort in
2015’s The Hateful Eight, Tarantino enlisted the help of some guys named Leo
and Brad this time around and they gave two of the most universally acclaimed
performances of the year. Still can’t believe this was
their first film together. – It’s official, old buddy. I’m a has-been. – Tarantino will live to get
his third Oscar nomination and first win in the directing category, having previously been nominated
for 1994’s Pulp Fiction and 2009’s Inglorious Bastards, both certified fresh, by the way. – I’m the one who buys
it, I know how good it is. – Someone else who knows a little bit about being nominated is the iconic Martin Scorsese. The 76-year-old director is back with Netflix’s The Irishman and yes, there’s a theme here. This film is loaded with huge names, like Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, and Harvey Keitel. – Hiya Frank, this is Jimmy Hoffa. – After five nominations, 2006 certified fresh The Departed gave Marty his first
directing win after 25 years. So I guess the pressure’s off, but with a little help from his friends Bob, Al, and Joe, not to mention new state-of-the-art
de-aging technology, it’s like Scorsese’s just getting started. – Where are you going? – I’m going to work. – Greta Gerwig has also made this list for her upcoming
adaptation of Little Women, starring Timothee Chalamet, Saoirse Ronan, Emma
Watson, and Meryl Streep. I mean the casting crew combined is nearly 35 Oscar nominations. – You are not married–
– Well, that’s because I’m rich. – And Greta is coming off
a directing nomination from 2018’s Oscars for Lady Bird. This time Gerwig is
adapting a popular story that has done well at
the Oscars in the past, including a best picture
win for 1949’s version of Little Women, with Elizabeth Taylor, so the odds of being nominated
could be in her favor. Next up is James Mangold from the true life tale, Ford V Ferrari. Currently fresh at 89%
on the tomato meter. Much like Taratino, Mangold
had a couple of megstars of his own to work with: Matt
Damon and Christian Bale. – Looks aren’t everything. – But when it comes to the Oscars, Mangold has directed
both Reese Witherspoon to a best actress win
for 2005’s Walk the Line, and Angelina Jolie to a
best supporting actress win for 1999’s Girl Interrupted, but his only nomination came in the adapted screenplay category for 2017’s Logan. So now seems like the perfect time for him to join the best director race. Let’s just hope he’s a Ford in this case. (laughing) And finally rounding out the fifth spot in our early predictions is South Korean director Bong Joon Ho, whose film Parasite is
a certified fresh 100% on the tomato meter. The social political satire which explores the evils
of wealth, inequality, and class discrimination
earned the top prize at the Cannes film festival. And while he may not have
a who’s who of a cast like the other directors
that we just mentioned, the Rotten Tomatoes critics consensus is that Parasite shows a director quote in near total command of his craft. And since Alfonso Cuaron just
became the first director of a foreign language film to win the best director
Oscar for last year’s Roma, why not Bong Joon Ho this year? (speaking in foreign language) So I wanna kick it over to you guys now. Which of these directors do you think has the best chance to take home the Oscar? Are there any names that we left off that you feel are more deserving? And can the director of
a foreign language film win two years in a row? Let us know all your thoughts and feelings in the comments section, and for more movie news, head on over to As always, thanks for
watching The Ketchup. I’m Naz Perez, and I’ll
see you guys next time.


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