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2011 Oscars: Best Director

While the Best Picture slate may number as many as 10 nominees, Best Director remains restricted to five contenders. Only one of last year's nominees — David Fincher ("The Social Network") — could be back in the race as he helms the English-language version of the Swedish hit "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo." 

Predict the Best Director nominees here!

However, a slew of past champs are in the mix, including a pair of two-time winners — Steven Spielberg ("Schindler's List," 1993; "Saving Private Ryan," 1998) has both the period drama "War Horse" and the performance capture "The Adventures of Tintin Secret of the Unicorn" while Clint Eastwood ("Unforgiven," 1992; "Million Dollar Baby," 2004) has the biopic "J. Edgar."

Also in the running are four other Oscar champs: Woody Allen ("Annie Hall," 1977) for his most successful film since "Midnight in Paris"; Steven Soderbergh ("Traffic," 2000) for the medical thriller "Contagion"; Roman Polanski ("The Pianist," 2002) for his adaptation of a Tony-winning play "Carnage"; and Martin Scorsese ("The Departed," 2006) for his first 3-D film, the fantasty "Hugo."

Click on each of the directors and titles below for more information before making your predictions here.

FRONTRUNNERS

Tomas Alfredson (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy)

Woody Allen (Midnight in Paris)

Pedro Almodovar (The Skin I Live In)

George Clooney (The Ides of March)

Simon Curtis (My Week with Marilyn)

David Cronenberg (A Dangerous Method)

Cameron Crowe (We Bought a Zoo)

Stephen Daldry (Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close)

Clint Eastwood (J. Edgar)

David Fincher (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo)

Rodrigo Garcia (Albert Nobbs)

Angelina Jolie (In the Land of Blood and Honey)

Phyllida Lloyd (The Iron Lady)

Terrence Malick (The Tree of Life)

Bennett Miller (Moneyball)

Alexander Payne (The Descendants)

Roman Polanski (Carnage)

Jason Reitman (Young Adult)

Lone Scherfig (One Day)

Martin Scorsese (Hugo)

Steven Soderbergh (Contagion)

Steven Spielberg (War Horse)

Tate Taylor (The Help)

POSSIBILITIES

J.J. Abrams (Super 8)

Drake Doremus (Like Crazy)

Sean Durkin (Martha Marcy May Marlene)

Ralph Fiennes (Coriolanus)

Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist)

John Hillcoat (The Wettest County in the World)

Jonathan Levine (50 50)

Madonna (W.E.)

Thomas McCarthy (Win Win)

Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter)

Lynne Ramsay (We Need to Talk About Kevin)

Bruce Robinson (The Rum Diary)

Walter Salles (On the Road)

Steven Spielberg (The Adventures of Tintin Secret of the Unicorn)

Lars von Trier (Melancholia)

Chris Weitz (A Better Life)

Joe Wright (Hanna)

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