This year’s Best Director category could be one of the most diverse collections of nominees in the Academy’s history. Who will win is anybody’s guess. “The Shape of Water” helmer Guillermo del Toro seems to be the favorite, having already won a best director BAFTA Award, Golden Globe and the Director’s Guild award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film. There’s lots of buzz around first-timer Jordan Peele, who is only the third filmmaker in Academy history to be nominated for Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Picture in a feature-film directorial debut (“Get Out”). And with the “MeToo” movement a front-and-center issue in Hollywood, Greta Gerwig (“Lady Bird”), a talented actress who wrote and directed a compelling story with strong female leads, might also take home the Oscar. How would you vote? Make your picks with our Rank It poll below.
The 2018 nominees for Best Achievement in Directing:
“Dunkirk” -- Christopher Nolan
This is Nolan’s fifth nomination.
“Get Out” -- Jordan Peele
This is Peel's first nomination as a director. He's also received nominations for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay for his work on "Get Out."
“Lady Bird” -- Greta Gerwig
This is Gerwig's first nomination as a director. She is also nominated for Best Original Screenplay for "Lady Bird."
“Phantom Thread” -- Paul Thomas Anderson
This is Anderson's eighth nomination. As one of the film’s producers, he is also eligible for an Oscar should "Phantom Thread" win Best Picture.
“The Shape of Water” -- Guillermo del Toro
This is del Toro’s fourth nomination. He is also nominated for Best Original Screenplay for “The Shape of Water” and as one of the film’s producers, he is eligible for an Oscar should it win Best Picture.