Oscars Experts vs. Top 24 showdown: Best Director

Our Top 24 — the two dozen users who earned the best scores forecasting last year’s Oscar nominations — and Experts agree that “12 Years a Slavewill win Best Picture but differ over who will take home Best Director. 

Twelve of our 23 Experts are backing the bid by Steve McQueen, who directed “12 Years a Slave,” while 11 of the Top 24 give the edge to Alfonso Cuaron for helming the blockbuster “Gravity.”

And with five of our seven Editors as well as 40% of our Users also predicting that Cuaron will prevail, he is slightly ahead in the overall odds at 23/10 versus 13/5 for McQueen. 

The top five is rounded out by past two-time nominee David O. Russell for the still-unseen “American Hustle, one-time contender Paul Greengrass (“Captain Phillips“) and 2006 champ Martin Scorsese for “The Wolf of Wall Street,” which also has yet to screen. 

Check out the differences and similarities in the predictions of our Experts, Editors, Top 24 and All Users.by clicking the tabs in our Oscar predictions center. And compare their individual rankings translated into combined odds.

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