By Dave Karger
Updated November 19, 2010 at 03:00 PM EST
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Now that we’ve tackled the Best Picture race, let’s move on to the Best Director category and explore which filmmakers might hear their names called on nomination morning.

BEST BETS

David Fincher, The Social Network (pictured)

Tom Hooper, The King’s Speech

Christopher Nolan, Inception

POSSIBILITIES

Ben Affleck, The Town

Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan

Danny Boyle, 127 Hours

Lisa Cholodenko, The Kids Are All Right

Joel Coen & Ethan Coen, True Grit

LONG SHOTS

James L. Brooks, How Do You Know

Mike Leigh, Another Year

Roman Polanski, The Ghost Writer

David O. Russell, The Fighter

Peter Weir, The Way Back

Among the directors I’ve left off: Toy Story 3‘s Lee Unkrich (who’d be the first director ever nominated for an animated film), Winter’s Bone‘s Debra Granik, and Shutter Island‘s Martin Scorsese. Do you think the Academy would include an animation guy or is that never going to happen?

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