Magazine article Variety

Categories: Director

Magazine article Variety

Categories: Director

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DAMIEN CHAZELLE (1)

"La La Land"

He earned a writing nom for "Whiplash" and could garner directing attention with his latest, which immediately had pundits buzzing after its Venice fest bow.

GARTH DAVIS (2)

"Lion"

Emmy-nominated "Top of the Lake" codirector Davis brings a naturalistic style to a heart-tugging tale, and could land on the directing shortlist his first time out.

MEL GIBSON (3)

"Hacksaw Ridge"

He hasn't been nominated since his winning work on "Braveheart," but a crowd-pleasing historical epic could be just the ticket to return.

BARRY JENKINS (4)

"Moonlight"

Jenkins' second film won instant acclaim when it unspooled in Telluride and still ranks as the year's best-reviewed movie on Metacritic.

PABLO LARRAÍN (5)

"Jackie"

The acclaimed Chilean director's "No" was nominated for foreignlanguage film in 2012, and now he's winning plaudits for his English-language debut: an unconventional peek behind the curtain of America's Camelot.

KENNETH LONERGAN (6)

"Manchester by the Sea"

Lonergan's third directorial effort bowed to rave reviews at Sundance, and it's been viewed as an awards heavyweight ever since. …

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