Oscars Experts: ‘Gravity’ helmer Alfonso Cuaron surges ahead of Steve McQueen (’12 Years a Slave’)

While “12 Years a Slavemaintains a solid lead over “Gravity” among our 25 Experts predicting Best Picture (17 – 4), its helmer —  Steve McQueen — has lost his lead over Alfonso Cuaron in the race for Best Director despite winning over the New York Film Critics Circle.

Ten Experts now back the bid by McQueen while 15 are supporting Cuaron. That is a jump from just one week ago when the score was 13 to 10 in McQueen’s favor. McQueen’s odds of winning have dropped to 23/10 from 9 to 4 while Cuaron’s have risen from 23/10 to 19/10.  

Team Cuaron: Thelma Adams (Yahoo), Matt Atchity (Rotten Tomatoes), Edward Douglas (Comingsoon), Scott Feinberg (Hollywood Reporter), Michael Hogan (Vanity Fair), Dave Karger (Fandango), Tariq Khan (Fox News), Scott Mantz (Access Hollywood), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), Kevin Polowy (Yahoo), Claudia Puig (USA Today), Christopher Rosen (Huffington Post), Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby), Keith Simanton (IMDb) and Anne Thompson (Thompson on Hollywood). 

Team McQueen: Thom Geier (Entertainment Weekly), Mark Harris (Grantland), Mary Milliken (Reuters), Michael Musto (OutGawker),  Steve Pond (TheWrap), Sasha Stone (AwardsDaily), Peter Travers (Rolling Stone), Jeff Wells (Hollywood-Elsewhere), Glenn Whipp (L.A. Times) and Susan Wloszczyna (RogerEbert.com).

See the individual rankings of our Experts 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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