INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS 2012 : Best Director

 
The Contenders

Benh Zeitlin
(Beasts of ..)

David O. Russel
(Silver Lin..)

Ira Sachs
(Keep the L..)

Julia Loktev
(The Loneli..)

Wes Anderson
(Moonrise K..)
Best Director

Including his nomination this year for Best Screenplay, "Silver Linings Playbook" helmer David O. Russell has been nominated for six Spirit Awards, winning two: First Feature and First Screenplay for "Spanking the Monkey" in 1994.

Including his nominations for Screenplay and Feature, "Moonrise Kingdom" director Wes Anderson has been nominated for five Spirit Awards, winning once: Best Director for "Rushmore" in 1998.

This is the first Spirit Award nomination for Benh Zeitlin ("Beasts of the Southern Wild").

Ira Sachs is also nominated for writing and producing "Keep the Lights On." These are his first Spirit Award nominations.

Julia Loktev ("The Loneliest Planet") has one Spirit Award win out of three previous nominations: the Someone to Watch Award for "Day Night Day Night" in 2006.

Experts’ Rankings
Matt Atchity
Edward Douglas
Thom Geier
1
Benh Zeitlin
Benh Zeitlin
Benh Zeitlin
2
Wes Anderson
Wes Anderson
David O. Russell
3
David O. Russell
David O. Russell
Wes Anderson
Editors’ Rankings
Chris Beachum
Marcus Dixon
Rob Licuria
1
Benh Zeitlin
David O. Russell
Benh Zeitlin
2
David O. Russell
Benh Zeitlin
David O. Russell
3
Wes Anderson
Wes Anderson
Wes Anderson
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