The Felixes

Or, the Anti-Oscars.TM

Best Director of 2007

Julian Schnabel for The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

PRO: Blink, blink, blink, blink.

CON: Blink, blink, blink.

Jason Reitman for Juno

PRO: After an impressive debut in 2005's Thank You for Smoking, young director turns quirky script into the little indie that could.

CON: Reverse nepotism: Long-memoried Academy members still resent dad for Kindergarten Cop, Junior AND Twins.

Tony Gilroy for Michael Clayton

PRO: '70s-style flick showcases some of the year's best performances from nominees Clooney, Swinton, and Wilkinson.

CON: Voters assume that It Boy Clooney must have directed it himself -- good night and good luck, Gilroy.

Joel and Ethan Coen for No Country for Old Men

PRO:With a body of work that includes Fargo, Miller's Crossing, and Raising Arizona, writing-directing duo may finally get their due.

CON: With two guys at the helm, impossible to know who to ask: What exactly happened at the end of the movie?

Paul Thomas Anderson for There Will Be Blood

PRO: Sweeping Western showcases panoramas of oil wells on fire, not '70s pickup trucks and dead Mexicans.

CON: It's already a two-disc screener; if this movie gets an Oscar the director's version could be five hours long.

Best Foreign Language Film of 2007

Beaufort (Israel)

The Counterfeiters (Austria)

Katyn (Poland)

Mongol (Kazakhstan)

12 (Russia)

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