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Roma’s Alfonso Cuaron Favored to Win Best Director at 2019 Oscars

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Alfonso Cuarón is heavily favored to win an Oscar for Best Director. Photo by Secretaría de Cultura Ciudad de México (flickr) [CC License]
  • The 91st Academy Awards are slated for Sunday, February 24th, 2019
  • Alfonso Cuaron is currently favored to win Best Director with Roma
  • Who else is in the running for the Oscar at the Academy Awards?

There can be no doubt that 2018 has been an excellent year for films, but behind every outstanding picture is a brilliant director, and this past year has been full of them.

A number of films are in the running for Best Picture at the 2019 Academy Awards as of now, including A Star Is Born, Roma and Green Book. In fact, Roma director Alfonso Cuaron leads the list of those favored to win the Oscar for Best Director at the upcoming Academy Awards, according to odds from MyBookie.

Who Will Win Best Director at the 2019 Oscars?

Director Best Director Oscar Odds at MyBookie
Alfonso Cuaron -225
Bradley Cooper +400
Damien Chazelle +550
Spike Lee +1000
Josie Rourke +1200
Barry Jenkins +1400
Steve McQueen +1600

Mainstream movie goers may not have even known that Roma existed, but it clearly won enough of the right people over to be up for so many Oscars at the Academy Awards upon its release last week. For those curious, Cuaron is also responsible for Gravity, a 2013 sci-fi film starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney that is regarded as of the best films from the last decade.

Cuaron is the odds-on favorite to take home the Oscar as of now, but he is far from the only one who has a real chance of capturing the award, even if the odds don’t reflect that.

Trailing Cuaron is Bradley Cooper, who took the whole world by storm with the release of A Star Is Born earlier this fall. Interesting enough, A Star Is Born is favored to be the Best Picture at the 2019 Academy Awards with Roma trailing close behind.

As masterful as Roma might be, A Star Is Born deserves all the praise it’s been receiving from moviegoers and critics alike. Considering Cooper also has a starring role in the film and still managed to make it as awe-inspiring as it is, he is the better bet over Cuaron to win the Oscar, if only because he is more well-known and A Star Is Born was just recently released.

As masterful as Roma might be, A Star Is Born deserves all the praise it’s been receiving from moviegoers and critics alike.

Other notable names worth betting on include Damien Chazelle, Josie Rourke and Spike Lee. Similar to A Star Is Born, Chazelle’s First Man came out in theaters no more than a month or two ago and was well-received by the masses, falling in the same category of Gravity as a film that accurately depicted what space travel is truly like.

Rourke’s Mary Queen of Scots has yet to be released in the United States, though it’s expected to be something special. Likewise, Lee’s BlacKkKlansman stirred up some controversy this fall in addition to being praised for its exceptional acting and timely themes.

Finally, Barry Jenkins and Steve McQueen shouldn’t be overlooked, either. Widows and If Beale Street Could Talk, respectively, have a bit of buzz around them at the moment and could wind up being sleepers come the 2019 Academy Awards in a few short months.

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Since 2010, Graham Mirmina has served as a WWE Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report and contributes work to WhatCulture and Daily DDT. An Endicott College alumnus, Graham has been with SBD since 2018 and is currently pursuing his master's in Digital Journalism.