This is Eastwoods fourth directing nomination; he has ten in total; he previously won for directing Million Dollar Baby and Unforgiven.
Stephen Frears for The Queen
This is Frears second Oscar nomination; he has never won.
Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu for Babel
This is Inarritu’s first directing nomination; he is also nominated for producing Babel
Paul Greengrass for United 93
This is Greengrass’ first Oscar nomination.
Martin Scorsese for The Departed
This is Scorsese’s sixth Oscar nomination for directing; he is the favorite to win.
And if he doesn’t, most likely a mob of angry people a la Frankenstein will swarm the Shrine Auditorium and attack Academy voters.