Best Director — Motion Picture
Nominees: Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity), Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips), Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave), Alexander Payne (Nebraska), David O. Russell (American Hustle)
Predictions: For those who swear that 2013 wasn't a great year for Hollywood, leave facts and box office numbers aside. How could you say that projects involving America's past (Gravity), America's future (Gravity), and America's hustle wouldn't make for a captivated audience? Argue all day about the banking of trends and not hits, but just be ready for the truth when Steve McQueen gets up to accept his award.