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LAST UPDATED: March 9, 2023
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2023 Oscars Predictions: Best Director
“Everything Everywhere All at Once” directors Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert beat “The Fabelmans” helmer Steven Spielberg on his DGA home turf. At 35 years old each, Kwan and Scheinert are the youngest pair ever to win DGA and could be the seventh-youngest director Oscar winners.
If Spielberg wins, he’ll tie for the second most directing wins in history, joining Frank Capra and William Wyler. John Ford sits in first place with four.
Will Win: Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert, “Everything Everywhere All at Once” (A24)
Could Win: Steven Spielberg, “The Fabelmans” (Universal Pictures)
Should Win: Todd Field, “Tár” (Focus Features)
Should have been here: S.S. Rajamouli, “RRR” (Variance Films)
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2023 Academy Awards Predictions
BEST PICTURE | DIRECTOR | ACTOR | ACTRESS | SUPPORTING ACTOR | SUPPORTING ACTRESS | ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY | ADAPTED SCREENPLAY | ANIMATED FEATURE | PRODUCTION DESIGN | CINEMATOGRAPHY | COSTUME DESIGN | FILM EDITING | MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING | SOUND | VISUAL EFFECTS | ORIGINAL SCORE | ORIGINAL SONG | DOCUMENTARY FEATURE | INTERNATIONAL FEATURE | ANIMATED SHORT | DOCUMENTARY SHORT | LIVE ACTION SHORT
The 95th Oscars ceremony will be held at the Dolby Theatre and televised live on ABC on Sunday, March 12, 2023.
2022 category winner: Jane Campion, "The Power of the Dog" (Netflix)
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