‘Gravity’ helmer Alfonso Cuaron closes Oscars gap with Steve McQueen (’12 Years a Slave’)

While “12 Years a Slavemaintains a solid lead over “Gravity” among our 25 Experts predicting Best Picture (14 -8), its helmer —  Steve McQueen — has seen his lead over Alfonso Cuaron whittled down to just one in the race for Best Director.

A dozen Experts now back the bid by McQueen while 11 are supporting Cuaron. That is a jump from just two weeks ago when the score was 12 to 8 in McQueen’s favor. McQueen’s odds of winning have stayed at 9/4 while Cuaron’s have risen from 12/5 to 23/10.  

Team McQueen: Edward Douglas (Comingsoon), Thom Geier (Entertainment Weekly), Mark Harris (Grantland), Dave Karger (Fandango), Mary Milliken (Reuters), Michael Musto (OutGawker), Kevin Polowy (Yahoo),  Steve Pond (TheWrap), Sasha Stone (AwardsDaily), Jeff Wells (Hollywood-Elsewhere), Glenn Whipp (L.A. Times) and Susan Wloszczyna (RogerEbert.com).

Team Cuaron: Thelma Adams (Yahoo), Michael Hogan (Vanity Fair), Guy Lodge (HitFix), Scott Mantz (Access Hollywood), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), Claudia Puig (USA Today), Christopher Rosen (Huffington Post), Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby), Keith Simanton (IMDb), Anne Thompson (Thompson on Hollywood) and Peter Travers (Rolling Stone).

Two-time past nominee David O. Russell (“American Hustle”) has two Experts in his corner: Scott Feinberg (Hollywood Reporter) and Tariq Khan (Fox News). 

See their individual rankings here. And see how these translate into racetrack odds here.

And be sure to 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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