Oscars Predictions 2016: Best Director

Ok ladies and gentlemen. This is the penultimate predictions post. In the lead up to the Oscars we at BTG Lifestyle have predicted some of the big winners and this post will focus on the best director for the Academy Awards 2016.




Dean – Alejandro G. Iñárritu

A part of me really wanted wanted George Miller to take this. Mostly because Mad Max: Fury Road was damn near flawless. But last year I picked Alejandro G. Iñárritu for Birdman and he’s my pick to double up this year.

What he achieved at last year’s Oscars was nothing short of phenomenal: Best Director AND Best Picture for a very obscure film that had a great gimmick – it looked like it was one continuous take. This year he needed no such gimmick. He had an incredible group of actors, an immense talent for creating graceful, vivid scenes and not only did he pull it off but he made it look so easy.

He’s long takes are becoming synonymous with his style as a director and he is quickly becoming one of the most sought after auteurs in the business. I’d say give someone else a turn, but he deserves it. So give the credit (and the statue) where it’s due.

Stephen – Alejandro G. Iñárritu

This year (once again), the golden statue is going to be scooped up by Iñárritu. Many people have criticized the thin plot of The Revenant, but it makes up for this with amazing cinematography, makeup, set design and acting!

All of these elements come together to make The Revenant an amazing film to behold. And all of this was done under the leadership of the brilliant director that is Alejandro G. Iñárritu. The Oscar-winner has emphasized, time and time again, that film is about FEELING.

What some see as a thin plot, I see as an exploration of human suffering and spirituality, brought together in the vast wilderness that’s both stark, and stunning.

He’s a director that knows what he’s doing, and does it well. While some directors are great at directing actors, Iñárritu is great at directing a production, including all of its minuscule details.

Tendai – Alejandro G. Iñárritu

Here is the tricky part – if Iñárritu wins, The Revenant won’t win The Best Picture award. If Iñárritu does not win here, The Revenant will win the top award. Irrespective of that, Iñárritu has done it again! His work from the ground level, attention to detail with the Alejandro touch was phenomenal. He has done it again! Not as good as Birdman, where he literally blew our minds, but with The Revenant, he gave brain orgasms.

The opening scene did not grip me in any way. A very slow start until death just rained in from all angles. From then on, Iñárritu came into play. He didn’t miss a beat and there were the slightest cues, background activities that made the entire movie epic. The smallest of details were taken care of under his command and he deserves another statue for his directing.


We were all clearly in sync with this one. Could that mean he’s the favourite or are well all completely clueless? What is your prediction for Best Director?

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Dean Ravell

Writer/director. Fascinated with all kinds of film and just wants to be part of the wonderful world of cinema.


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