Previous fan favorites Fincher has directed include:
- Zodiac (much critic love, no Oscar love)
- Panic Room
- Fight Club (1 Oscar nomination...sound effects editing)
- The Game
- Se7en (1 Oscar nomination...film editing)
- Alien³ (also 1 Oscar nomination...visual effects)
Will David Fincher be invited to join the club in 2008 with the Curious Case of Benjamin Button?
One thing is for certain, Benjamin Button breaks free of the thriller genre, so that has to be in David's favor. Plus it stars some high-level star power that the Academy loves (Cate Blanchett, Tilda Swinton, Brad Pitt). And this film should have many of the visual, editing, and sound finesse that Fincher's previous films have demonstrated.
But Fincher's choice of less-than-traditional film subjects have often made his films the love of a cult following, but too nontraditional to win over Academy voters in mass.
Does Fincher have a chance?
Unless it's a flop, I'd expect The Curious Case of Benjamin Button to score far more nominations this upcoming year than any of Fincher's previous films...but it will have to wildly popular at a critical level for Fincher to sneak in.
As an early-front runner in many ways, this film has it's challenges, and if Hollywood is uncertain what to make of this film they may just opt for nominating Clint Eastwood for the thousandth time.
Personally I think he has a great chance though, and really do hope this film is great and gives Fincher an opportunity to be a part of the club.