Friday, September 30, 2022

The 2021 Directors Guild Of America (DGA) Nominations

By Matt Neglia

The Directors Guild Of America (DGA) have announced their nominations representing the best in Directing for 2020. The winners will be announced April 10th.

Click below to see the nominations.

NARRATIVE FEATURE FILM
Lee Isaac Chung – Minari
Emerald Fennell – Promising Young Woman
David Fincher – Mank
Aaron Sorkin – The Trial of the Chicago 7
Chloe Zhao – Nomadland

FIRST TIME NARRATIVE FEATURE FILM
Radha Blank – The Forty-Year-Old Version
Fernando Frías de la Parra – I’m No Longer Here
Regina King – One Night in Miami
Darius Marder – Sound of Metal
Florian Zeller – The Father

DOCUMENTARY
Michael Dweck & Gregory Kershaw – The Truffle Hunters
Pippa Ehrlich & James Reed – My Octopus Teacher
David France – Welcome to Chechnya
Amanda Mcbaine & Jessie Moss – Boys State
Benjamin Ree – The Painter and the Thief

The full list of nominations including television can be found here. So what do you think? The Oscar’s Directing lineup has matched with the DGA Nominees very rarely (Last time was 2009). So who is going to carry over to the Oscars?


Looking at how the season has gone so far, here are all the directors who have scored major nominations this year:

Chloé Zhao – NomadlandCCA, GG, BAFTA, DGA
Lee Isaac Chung – Minari: CCA, BAFTA, DGA
Emerald Fennell – Promising Young WomanCCA, GG, DGA
David Fincher – MankCCA, GG, DGA
Aaron Sorkin – 
The Trial of the Chicago 7CCA, GG, DGA
Regina King – One Night in MiamiCCA, GG
Spike Lee – 
Da 5 BloodsCCA
Sarah Gavron – Rocks: BAFTA
Shannon Murphy  Babyteeth: BAFTA
Thomas Vinterberg  Another Round: BAFTA
Jasmila Žbanić – Quo Vadis, Aida?: BAFTA

So while it is likely that our five final Best Director nominees will come from above, below is a list of directors who made the Oscar lineup in their respective years without any of the above precursors:

Terrence Malick – The Tree Of Life (2011)
Ben Zeitlin – Beasts Of The Southern Wild (2012)
Bennett Miller – Foxcatcher (2014)
Lenny Abrahamson – Room (2015)
Paul Thomas Anderason – Phantom Thread (2017)

Is there a chance that someone from the outside sneaks their way in? If so, who gets bumped? Check out our predictions for Best Director here. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or on our Twitter account.

You can follow Matt and hear more of his thoughts on the Oscars and Film on Twitter at @NextBestPicture

Matt Neglia
Matt Negliahttps://nextbestpicture.com/
Obsessed about the Oscars, Criterion Collection and all things film 24/7. Critics Choice Member.

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