Canadian entertainment reporters can hardly contain themselves: two Canucks are facing off for the top director prize at this year's Oscars! Ooh! While collectively Canadians don't care too much about seeing our co-patriots collect homegrown trophies like, say, Genies, we definitely play the proud Canadian card when our own are recognized abroad. Particularly in the big bad US of A. If you can make it there, we start to care.

Canadian entertainment reporters can hardly contain themselves: two Canucks are facing off for the top director prize at this year's Oscars! Ooh! While collectively Canadians don't care too much about seeing our co-patriots collect homegrown trophies like, say, Genies, we definitely play the proud Canadian card when our own are recognized abroad. Particularly in the big bad US of A. If you can make it there, we start to care.

Don't get me wrong – I'm definitely among the majority of Canadians who are awed by the respective accomplishments of James Cameron and Jason Reitman. I won't act like I'm not impressed. Nor will I act like I'm not proud that they're Canadian. Because I am. I am nothing like either of them (though I do secretly think I'm "King of the World"). So what is it about the fact that they were born in the same country as me (albeit thousands of kilometres away) that makes me feel this totally unwarranted sense of pride? Food for thought.

But enough about inexplicable patriotism. Let's get down to the good stuff. Having two Canadian big shots facing off means we actually have a choice of who to root for this year, instead of blindly cheering for the one Canadian nominated. Cameron vs. Reitman. Battle of the hosers. Oh yes.

Cameron certainly doesn't do himself any favours anytime he, well, talks, what with all of his pompous, sweeping proclamations about the cultural importance of his work. That said, 'Avatar' is, like, one of the most awesome movies ever made. And he actually waited for technology to catch up to his vision, which should certainly count for something. And, let's face it, he should get at least some points for helming the most profitable movie in the history of the world.

Reitman is the sentimental favourite. He's younger, less pompous, and 'Up in the Air' captures the uncertain essence of our times. It doesn't have all of the technological bells and whistles that 'Avatar' boasts, but Retiman did manage to coax amazing performances out of the likes of George Clooney, Anna Kendrick and Vera Farmiga. All three are nominated for acting honours. All acting categories are noticeably Na'vi-free. That's got to translate into at least a point for Reitman.

As a sci-fi nerd, my heart belongs to 'Avatar', which I suppose puts me on Team Cameron. But really, 'Avatar' is such an ambitious, well-crafted endeavour that if Cameron doesn't win the Best Director title, I will have to suspect political forces were at play. Sure, he can be obnoxious. Sure, he might over-state his own cultural relevance. And yes, he is partially responsible for Arnold Schwarzenegger becoming such a huge star. However, 'Avatar' is a darn fine movie, and if it doesn't clean up on Oscar night I'm going to cry foul.

How about you? Who are you rooting for? Team Cameron or Team Reitman? Let us know in the comments box!

Check out the full list of Oscar nominees at Moviefone.com