Alfonso Cuaron

In Oscars best-director nominees, a wealth of milestones

There's not an Academy Awards category this year that doesn't feature some element of exciting new talent, captivating backstories or the possibility of an Oscar landmark victory.

But, oh, that best director category.

In even the glittering array of nominees to the 90th Academy Awards, the best director category stands out. Want history-making diversity? Check. First-time nominees? Check. Overdue veterans? Check.

Just about the only thing missing from this year's directing nominees (that is, not counting "The Post" director Steven Spielberg and "The Florida Project" filmmaker Sean Baker) is cutthroat competition. The five nominees — Guillermo del...

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