Oscar Bait 2022 - 2023

It's definitely going to be a stacked director year with Scorsese and Spielberg releasing on top of like the entire class of young(ish) buzzy auteurs who all seem one movie away from being Oscar winners: Chazelle, Lanthimos, Reichardt, Baumbach, McDonagh, Aronofsky, Gerwig, Aster and Peele.

Then you have complete wildcards like Lynch, Cronenberg and O'Russell. This year is going to be fun!
I'm surprised since it came from Variety, not just some blog and I'd assumed they double and triple checked their sources but then again Lynch seemed pretty definitive in his denial. Disappointing if true, it was such a lovely surprise. It's been 15 years.