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DGA predix: Our experts pipe in

January 7, 2008 |  1:59 pm

With nominations coming out this Tuesday from the Directors Guild of America, it's time to get gutsy forecasts from our trusty pundits. See below — plus CLICK HERE to see mine. More to come soon.

ANTHONY BREZNICAN, USA TODAY
Paul Thomas Anderson, “There Will Be Blood”
Tim Burton, “Sweeney Todd"
Joel and Ethan Coen, “No Country for Old Men”
Tony Gilroy, “Michael Clayton”
Jason Reitman, “Juno”
NOTE: "'Juno' is the only movie of the bunch with any sense of optimism or hope. And yet, it’s also unflinching in its sense of longing. In times like these, those qualities could make it rise to the top."

ANNE THOMPSON, VARIETY.COM
Paul Thomas Anderson, "There Will Be Blood"
Tim Burton, "Sweeney Todd"
Joel and Ethan Coen, "No Country for Old Men"
Tony Gilroy, "Michael Clayton"
Ridley Scott, "American Gangster"

CLICK HERE to Read MORE!

GENE SEYMOUR, NEWSDAY
Paul Thomas Anderson, "There Will Be Blood"
Tim Burton, "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street"
Coens, "No Country for Old Men"
Sean Penn, "Into the Wild"
". . . .aaaannnndddd...(insert deep breath here) . . ."
Jason Reitman, "Juno"
NOTE: "Right now, this minute, that's the one I'm getting the most vibe from. It's the only one people are really, really, really talking about. It may be too small for DGA's purposes, but I can easily see this thing going very deep into the season with bells ringing . . . . If I could, I'd add "Atonement", but somehow . . . . (insert shrug here)"

STEVE POND, AUTHOR, 'THE BIG SHOW'; CONTRIBUTOR, THE ENVELOPE
Coens, "No Country for Old Men"
Sidney Lumet, "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead"
Julian Schnabel, "Diving Bell and the Butterfly"
Ridley Scott, "American Gangster"
Joe Wright, "Atonement"

TIM SWANSON, L.A. TIMES
Paul Thomas Anderson, "There Will Be Blood"
Coen Bros., "No Country for Old Men"
David Fincher, "Zodiac"
Julian Schnabel, "Diving Bell and the Butterfly"
Joe Wright, "Atonement"

NATHANIEL ROGERS, THEFILMEXPERIENCE.NET
P.T. Anderson, "There Will Be Blood"
Coens, "No Country for Old Men"
Tony Gilroy, "Michael Clayton"
Sean Penn, "Into the Wild"
Jason Reitman, "Juno"
NOTE: "Trying to think of it as Oscar's best picture ;)"

PETER TRAVERS, ROLLING STONE
Joe & Ethan Coen, "No Country for Old Men"
Sean Penn, "Into the Wild"
Paul Thomas Anderson, "There Will Be Blood"
Tim Burton, "Sweeey Todd"
Sidney Lumet, "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead" ("I am so hoping this happens...")
NOTE: "My brave attempt at predicting the most unpredictable year in decades"

SASHA STONE, AWARDSDAILY.COM
Coens, "No Country for Old Men
Paul Thomas Anderson, "There Will Be Blood"
Jason Reitman, "Juno"
Ridley Scott, "American Gangster"
Joe Wright, "Atonement"
ALTERNATES: Tony Gilroy, Sean Penn, Brad Bird
NOTE: "Basing these predictions on a potential Best Pic lineup"

JEFFREY WELLS, HOLLYWOOD-ELSEWHERE.COM
Paul Thomas Anderson, "There Will Be Blood"
Joel and Ethan Coen," "No Country for Old Men"
David Fincher, "Zodiac" (consolation prize for al the Zeligs refusing to even consider/ Zodiac for Best Picture prizes)
Tony Gilroy, "Michael Clayton"
Sidney Lumet, "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead"
NOTE: "NO OBSESSIVE RUSSIAN PENIS/NAKED STEAMBATH KNIFE-FIGHT MOVIES, so no
nomination for David Cronenberg"

DAVE KARGER, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
PT Anderson, "There Will Be Blood"
Coens, "No Country for Old Men"
Julian Schnabel, "Diving Bell and the Butterfly"
Ridley Scott, "American Gangster"
Joe Wright, "Atonement"

JACK MATHEWS, N.Y. DAILY NEWS
Paul Thomas Anderson, "There Will Be Blood"
Tim Burton, "Sweeney Todd"
Coens, "No Country for Old Men"
Julian Schnabel, "Diving Bell and the Butterfly"
Joe Wright, "Atonement"

PETE HAMMOND, THE ENVELOPE/ MAXIM
Joel And Ethan Coen, "No Country For Old Men"
Tony Gilroy, "Michael Clayton"
Sean Penn, "Into The Wild"
Julian Schnabel, "Diving Bell And The Butterfly"
Ridley Scott, "American Gangster"
NOTE: "I put Gilroy on this particular list because I think they may be voting the film. Also they don't get screeners which could hurt the late releases like "Blood" and "Sweeney" etc. Schabel is a question mark but I just have a feeling about that film. It's the longest shot here though. I left off Lumet and he cuold be the one that gets the nod here instead although I think he's more likely on Oscar's list than the TV heavy DGA's."


GREG ELLWOOD, MSN MOVIES
Paul Thomas Anderson, "There Will Be Blood"
Tim Burton, "Sweeney Tood"
Coens, "No Country for Old Men"
Jason Reitman, "Juno"
Joe Wright, "Atonement"
NOTE: Ridley Scott and Julian Schnabel could also make the fifth slot instead of Wright.

KRIS TAPLEY, VARIETY.COM
Coen Brothers, "No Country for Old Men"
Sean Penn, "Into the Wild"
Jason Reitman, "Juno"
Ridley Scott, "American Gangster"
Joe Wright, "Atonement"
(READ Kris' riff on the DGA race — CLICK HERE)

EDWARD DOUGLAS, COMINGSOON.NET
P.T. Anderson, "There Will Be Blood"
Tim Burton, "Sweeney Todd"
Joel and Ethan Coen, "No Country for Old Men"
Ridley Scott, "American Gangster"
Joe Wright, "Atonement"
Alternate: Julian Schnabel, "Diving Bell and the Butterfly"

MARK OLSEN, THE ENVELOPE
Joel and Ethan Coen, "No Country For Old Men"
Paul Thomas Anderson, "There Will Be Blood"
Julian Schnabel, "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly"
Tim Burton, "Sweeney Todd"
Joe Wright, "Atonement"

SCOTT FEINBERG, ANDTHEWINNERIS
Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, "No Country for Old Men"
Sean Penn, "Into the Wild"
Jason Reitman, "Juno"
Ridley Scott, "American Gangster"
Julian Schnabel, "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly"
ALTERNATE:Joe Wright, "Atonement"


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