ACADEMY AWARDS: DIRECTOR

1 Martin Scorsese, "The Departed"

2 Clint Eastwood, "Letters From Iwo Jima"

3 Bill Condon, "Dreamgirls"

4 Paul Greengrass, "United 93"

5 Stephen Frears, "The Queen"

The skinny: Will Martin Scorsese finally grab that elusive Oscar? Meanwhile, it's a Clint vs. Clint showdown with "Flags of Our Fathers" and "Letters From Iwo Jima" earning kudos with our panel of pundits.

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