Oscar prediction: Best Director

Ang Lee, left, Steven Spielberg, centre, and David O. Russell, right. (WENN.COM file photos)

Ang Lee, left, Steven Spielberg, centre, and David O. Russell, right. (WENN.COM file photos)

Bruce Kirkland, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:36 PM ET

When picking candidates as best director of 2012, finicky Oscar obviously admired men who multi-task. So all five nominees are, indeed, male. All are double-nominated -- once for direction, once for either writing or producing.

Three of the five contenders were double-nominated for screenplays: Michael Haneke for Amour; Benh Zeitlin for Beasts of the Southern Wild; and David O. Russell for Silver Linings Playbook.

The other two are Hollywood heavyweights who co-produced best picture nominees: Ang Lee for Life of Pi; and Steven Spielberg for Lincoln (since 1951, producers collect the Academy Award for best picture).


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