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3. Ridley Scott, ‘The Martian’

Okay, duh, Ridley Scott. The guy is awesome. He directed Alien and Blade Runner back to back. He’s been nominated for Best Director three times before, but he’s never won, even though he directed freaking Gladiator. And, sure, he might be kind of a more-of-the-same choice in terms of nominees, but that doesn’t change the fact that he directed one of this year’s most entertaining and thoughtful films in The Martian. Also (even though this is kind of morbid), a note to Academy voters: Ridley Scott is 78, people. You really want him to never win an Oscar? Really?

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