Our Oscar Power Rankings for best director:
1. Kathryn Bigelow ("Zero Dark Thirty")
2. Steven Spielberg ("Lincoln")
3. Ben Affleck ("Argo")
4. Tom Hooper ("Les Miserables")
5. David O. Russell ("Silver Linings Playbook"
Still in the hunt: Ang Lee ("Life of Pi")
Darkhorses: Quentin Tarantino ("Django Unchained" and Michael Haneke ("Amour")
What we have here is a race with six directors vying for five spots. Bigelow and Spielberg are almost certain to be on the list. After that, it's a tussle with Lee looking like the odd man out at this point. Lurking are Tarantino and Haneke, both of whom have supporters for their work. There could be a surprise.