First, you have to consider Steven Soderbergh's last five films as he qualifies here as a nominee: "Out of Sight" "The Limey" "Erin Brockovich" "Traffic" "Ocean's Eleven". Now, consider Mann's last four: "Manhunter" "The Last of the Mohicans" "Heat" "The Insider". If he delivers on "Ali", I would assert that would be a better five-picture run than Soderbergh or any director right now. He's not the flashiest director around but the ability to deliver high-quality work and still be commercially viable would give him the "Big Man on Campus" title at present. I am interested in all opinions on this because I have been impressed by how his career is developed. The only warning sign I see is his films are starting to get too long - there was no excuse for "The Insider" to be over 2 1/2 hours, IMHO. Fire away!