Pedro Almodovar for Talk to Her
PRO: Special acclamation of peers noticing film that got overlooked in Best Picture sweepstakes.
CON: Director must have sweated yelling, "keep lying there . . . keep lying there . . . great! that's a keeper."
Stephen Daldry for The Hours
PRO: Great intercutting ties three storylines together: Washing your face never looked more dramatic.
CON: Streep. Moore. Kidman. Harris. Can you say "director on autopilot"?
Rob Marshall for Chicago
PRO: Re-choreographs Fosse and gets away with it.
CON: One word: Seussical.
Roman Polanski for The Pianist
PRO: Might attend ceremony, ending decades-long exile from U.S. on statutory rape rap.
CON: Might miss ceremony to attend girlfriend's bat mitzvah.
Martin Scorsese for Gangs of New York
PRO: Historical epic with lots of dead people takes voters back to 1939.
CON: Some found it draggy and silly, much like Academy's waiting to give Scorsese Oscar.
El Crimen de Padre Amaro (Mexico)
The Man Without a Past (Finland)
Nowhere in Africa (Germany)
Zus & Zo (Netherlands)
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