We handicap the nominees and analyze the Oscar odds for this year’s Best Director. Let’s see which director takes home the hardware and cash in our Oscar picks.
Oscars Pick: George Miller +275 for Mad Max: Fury Road
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- Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu - The Revenant +125
- George Miller - Mad Max: Fury Road +275
- Adam McKay - The Big Short +275
- Tom McCarthy – Spotlight +550
- Lenny Abrahamson – Room +5000
This is a wide open race with Lenny Abrahamson the only long shot here in our Oscar odds review. The Revenant was white hot until the Big Short began its Academy Award propaganda campaign and then Spotlight copped the Critics’ Choice as Best Picture. However, the Critics’ Choice Best Director went to George Miller for Mad Max: Fury Road which gives him some street cred with the Academy Award voters. This award really boils down to these top four directors which is why I am tossing out the chalky Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu at +125 for The Revenant despite his colossal success last year when he claimed a boatload of awards as well as the crowning jewel, the Academy Award for Best Director. If I am going to bet something or someone that has odds of close to even money in a category with multiple choices then it better be a clear front-runner. I don’t see that here.
Despite the surging support for all things involving The Big Short, I am eyeing director George Miller who is a first time nominee at the age of 70. His film Mad Max: Fury Road is getting good vibrations even though it is an action thriller replete with plenty of ka-booms and high speed chases. It would be a somewhat sentimental choice to be sure, but it would also be a refreshing change, eschewing the gravitas of the material that the other directors had to work with and opting instead for a post-Apocalyptic sci-fi thriller. Therefore, I will include George Miller in my Oscar picks for February 28th and hopefully cash a ticket.