Oscars 2020: Best Director Predictions

It’s still early days, as we head into Cannes, which mainly delivers contenders for the newly dubbed Best International Feature Film.

That said, the Academy’s director’s branch, packed with overseas voters, tends to be the most receptive to non-American auteurs.

Never underestimate Quentin Tarantino, who’s back after a decade in Cannes Competition with “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, and Margot Robbie.As always, the fall film festival circuit will yield the most Oscar fodder.

This year, finally, offers more than a few strong women contenders for directing nods, including returning “Lady Bird” nominee Greta Gerwig.

Netflix has a strong set of offerings, including Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman,” one of several 2019 VFX-packed movies featuring the de-aging of its principals.

The other that could factor in the directing race is Ang Lee’s “Gemini Man,” starring Will Smith.Breaking out at

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