Who Will Win The 2022 Golden Globe For Best Director?

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Here are the visionary directors being considered for best director at the 2022 Golden Globes. Tasked with controlling both the artistic and visual components of a film, the directors in this year's group of potential nominees stood out from the rest. 

From Kenneth Branagh's directorial triumph with the heartfelt storytelling of Belfast, to the directorial debut in the form of Maggie Gyllenhaal's adaptations of The Lost Daughter, women representation in the film industry is strong and well. Other strong contenders for the award include Jane Campion with The Power of the Dog and Denis Villeneuve for Dune

Make your 2022 Golden Globes predictions by voting up the nominees you think will win, and don't miss the 79th Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, January 9, 2022.

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  • Kenneth Branagh for "Belfast"
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    Sir Kenneth Charles Branagh (born 10 December 1960) is a Northern Irish actor, director, producer, and screenwriter. Branagh trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, and in 2015 succeeded Richard Attenborough as its president. He has both directed and starred in several film adaptations of William Shakespeare's plays, including Henry V (1989) (for which he was nominated for the Academy Awards for Best Actor and Best Director), Much Ado About Nothing (1993), Othello (1995), Hamlet (1996) (for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay), Love's Labour's Lost (2000), and As You Like It (2006). Branagh has starred in numerous other films and ...more
    • Age: 62
    • Birthplace: Belfast, United Kingdom
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    Jane Campion for "The Power of the Dog"

    Jane Campion won Best Director Motion Picture, her first Golden Globe out of 6 nominations.

    Dame Elizabeth Jane Campion (born 30 April 1954) is a New Zealand screenwriter, producer, and director. Campion is the second of five women ever nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director and is the first—and thus far, only—female filmmaker in history to receive the Palme d'Or, which she received for directing the acclaimed film The Piano (1993), for which she also won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.
    • Age: 69
    • Birthplace: Wellington, New Zealand
  • Steven Spielberg for "West Side Story"
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    Steven Allan Spielberg (; born December 18, 1946) is an American filmmaker. He is considered one of the founding pioneers of the New Hollywood era and one of the most popular directors and producers in film history. Spielberg started in Hollywood directing television and several minor theatrical releases. He became a household name as the director of Jaws (1975), which was critically and commercially successful and is considered the first summer blockbuster. His subsequent releases focused typically on science fiction/adventure films such as Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), and Jurassic Park (1993), which became ...more
    • Age: 76
    • Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States of America
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal for "The Lost Daughter"
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    Margalit Ruth "Maggie" Gyllenhaal (; born November 16, 1977) is an American actress and producer. Part of the Gyllenhaal family, she is the daughter of filmmakers Stephen Gyllenhaal and Naomi Achs, and the older sister of actor Jake Gyllenhaal. She began her career as a teenager with small roles in several of her father's films, and appeared with her brother in the cult favorite Donnie Darko (2001). She received critical acclaim for her starring roles in the independent films Secretary (2002) and Sherrybaby (2006), earning Golden Globe nominations in the Comedy and Drama categories, respectively. In 2008, she received widespread recognition for playing Rachel Dawes in Christopher Nolan's ...more
    • Age: 45
    • Birthplace: Lower East Side, New York City, New York, United States of America
  • Denis Villeneuve for "Dune"
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    Denis Villeneuve (French: [dəni vilnœv]; born October 3, 1967) is a French Canadian film director, writer, and producer. He is a four-time recipient of the Canadian Screen Award (formerly Genie Award) for Best Direction, for Maelström in 2001, Polytechnique in 2009, Incendies in 2011 and Enemy in 2014. The first three of these films also won the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television Award for Best Motion Picture, while the latter was awarded the prize for best Canadian film of the year by the Toronto Film Critics Association. Internationally, he is known for directing several critically acclaimed films, such as the thriller films Prisoners (2013) and Sicario (2015), as well as the ...more
    • Age: 55
    • Birthplace: Gentilly, Quebec