"It's like I'm on a cloud, waiting for someone to pop it," says the director.
No-nonsense in his approach and frighteningly prolific, Clint Eastwood again enters kudo season with a horse in the race.
Henry Selick's "Coraline" led the Annies with 10 nominations.
"The Lovely Bones" plays to Peter Jackson's strengths.
With just three features, Jason Reitman has gone from indie wunderkind to breakthrough sensation.
Danish filmmaker Lone Scherfig has no interest in the "auteur" label.
Quentin Tarantino could have his best shot in years to return to the party.
An array of helmers working in different genres and styles could also find their way to noms.
This season's Golden Globe hopefuls are populated with women actresses, exec producers, writers and showrunners.
More than one female director could land a spot on Oscar's director list.
Call it the year of the fashionable woman.