Lee's visually spectacular 'Life Of Pi' wasn't an easy film to shoot. Based on a book by the same name, the mid-sea odyssey of survival and companionship has also been nominated in 'Best Film' actor.
Even though Ben Affleck fetched the Best Director award in almost all the award ceremonies this year, he will not feature in the nomination list of Best Director category at the 85th Academy Awards.
Ang Lee won his first academy award for 'Brokeback Mountain' in 2005 and is being considered as a strong contender at this year's Oscars.
David O Rusell's 'Silver Lining Playbook' is the only light hearted film which has got a Oscar nod in several categories including 'Best Director', 'Best Film', 'Best Actor (Male) and 'Best Actor (Female)'.
Rusell, a three time nominee may not be that strong a contender for the 'Best Director' award, but going by the Oscar tradition might just spring a surprise on the D-day. The film 'Silver Lining Playbook' talks about a man suffering from bipolar disorder falling for a recovering sex addict.
Perhaps, the strongest contender for the award is filmmaker Steven Spielberg for his biopic on America's first president, Abraham Lincoln. The three time Academy award winner is a veteran perhaps at the Academy Awards and doesn't fail to impress the Academy time and again.
Starring the talented Daniel Day-Lewis (Nominated for Best Actor) the film explores the later years of Abraham Lincoln's life as a President of a United States.
Michael Haneke has already won the Best Director award for his french film 'Amour' and pundits are placing their bets on Haneke as a surprise winner at the Oscar this year.
Haneke's 'Amour' is love story of an 80 something couple and talks about mercy killing. While chances of Haneke winning the trophy seems less compared to that of Lee and Spielberg's but an Oscar upset might just be in the offing.
Benh Zeitlin is the perhaps the bravest of all the nominees. The film's lead protagonist is a little 9 year old girl, it is Zeitlin's first film and that perhaps makes his nomination special.
The real star of 'Beasts Of The Southern Wild' is the little Quvenzhane Wallis who makes a the otherwise depressing film a delight to watch. Pundits are betting on this film to be a surprise winner of the Best Film category and not the Best Director category.