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Award Shows The Most Likely 2015 Oscar Winners for Best Director  

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There were plenty of excellent 2014 movies but only one film director will take home the Best Director Oscar at the 87th Academy Awards. Films directed by these best director Oscar contenders were all critics' favorites and range from 2014 blockbuster movies to smaller 2014 indie movies. The one thing they all have in common is that they were crafted and put together by some of today's best directors.

Front-runners for the 2015 best director Academy Award include Richard Linklater for the 2014 indie drama Boyhood, Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu for excellent dark comedy Birdman and Angelina Jolie for her adaptation of Unbroken. Other contenders for the best director Oscar include Christopher Nolan for the sci-fi epic Interstellar, Wes Anderson for the indie comedy The Grand Budapest Hotel and four-time Oscar winner Clint Eastwood for American Sniper. Perhaps 2015 will be another year with a female best director Oscar winner. Along with Jolie, Ava DuVernay for the Martin Luther King Jr. biopic Selma and Liv Ullman for the 2014 drama Still Alice are also strong contenders to win best director.

Who do you think will take home the best director trophy in 2015? Vote below and if you see a director that you thought put out a great film in 2014 but is missing from this list, add him or her for other movie fans to vote on. If you're looking for more great directors, check out our lists for The Greatest Movie Directors, The Best Female Directors and the rest of our best directors lists!
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Richard Linklater is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Likely 2015 Oscar Winners for Best Director

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Alejandro González Iñárritu is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Likely 2015 Oscar Winners for Best Director

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Christopher Nolan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Likely 2015 Oscar Winners for Best Director
voting closed at #3 Interstellar

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Paul Thomas Anderson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Likely 2015 Oscar Winners for Best Director
voting closed at #4 Inherent Vice

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Damien Chazelle is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Likely 2015 Oscar Winners for Best Director
voting closed at #5 Whiplash

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Ava DuVernay is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Likely 2015 Oscar Winners for Best Director
voting closed at #6 Selma

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Clint Eastwood is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Likely 2015 Oscar Winners for Best Director
voting closed at #7 American Sniper

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Bennett Miller is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Likely 2015 Oscar Winners for Best Director
Foxcatcher

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David Ayer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Likely 2015 Oscar Winners for Best Director
voting closed at #9 Fury

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John Michael McDonagh is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Likely 2015 Oscar Winners for Best Director
voting closed at #10 Calvary

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James Marsh is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Likely 2015 Oscar Winners for Best Director
voting closed at #11 The Theory of Everything

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Angelina Jolie is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Likely 2015 Oscar Winners for Best Director
voting closed at #12 Unbroken

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David Fincher is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Likely 2015 Oscar Winners for Best Director
Gone Girl

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Ridley Scott is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Likely 2015 Oscar Winners for Best Director
Exodus: Gods and Kings

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Mike Leigh is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Likely 2015 Oscar Winners for Best Director
Mr. Turner

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Liv Ullmann is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Likely 2015 Oscar Winners for Best Director
Miss Julie

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Michael Cuesta is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Likely 2015 Oscar Winners for Best Director
Kill the Messenger

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Dan Gilroy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Likely 2015 Oscar Winners for Best Director
Nightcrawler

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Ira Sachs is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Likely 2015 Oscar Winners for Best Director
Love Is Strange

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Jean-Marc Vallée is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Likely 2015 Oscar Winners for Best Director

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Jon Favreau is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Likely 2015 Oscar Winners for Best Director

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Tommy Lee Jones is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Likely 2015 Oscar Winners for Best Director
The Homesman

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Tate Taylor is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Likely 2015 Oscar Winners for Best Director
Get On Up

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Rupert Wyatt is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Likely 2015 Oscar Winners for Best Director
The Gambler

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John Carney is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Likely 2015 Oscar Winners for Best Director
Begin Again

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Wes Anderson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Likely 2015 Oscar Winners for Best Director
The Grand Budapest Hotel

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Josh Boone is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Likely 2015 Oscar Winners for Best Director
Josh Boone The Fault in Our Stars

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Jon Stewart is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Likely 2015 Oscar Winners for Best Director
Rosewater

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Jason Reitman is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Likely 2015 Oscar Winners for Best Director
Men, Women & Children

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Will Gluck is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Likely 2015 Oscar Winners for Best Director
Annie

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J.C. Chandor is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Likely 2015 Oscar Winners for Best Director
A Most Violent Year

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David Dobkin is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Likely 2015 Oscar Winners for Best Director
David Dobkin The Judge

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Morten Tyldum is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Likely 2015 Oscar Winners for Best Director
The Imitation Game

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Rob Marshall is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Likely 2015 Oscar Winners for Best Director
Into the Woods

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Peter Jackson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Likely 2015 Oscar Winners for Best Director
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