Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker (14)
Jason Reitman, Up in the Air (3)
Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds (2)
Pete Docter, Up (1)
Clint Eastwood, Invictus (1)
Bigelow, Reitman and Tarantino are pretty sure to be nominated. So is a name not on this list: James Cameron of Avatar, which didn't get a lot of love from the critics' groups but will score multiple Academy nominations. Fun fact: Cameron was once married to Bigelow. Fabulous possibility: if Bigelow wins, she'll be the first woman to receive a Best Director Oscar.