Directors Guild of America announces film nominations


A day after releasing its TV nominations, the Directors Guild of America released its nominations for feature film directing. The DGA winner (who is going to be Chloé Zhao, let’s not pretend there’s much of a race happening here) is virtually locked to win the Best Director Oscar, while the DGA’s nominees are typically 4/5 of the Academy’s choices (they’ve gone 5/5 twice in the last twenty years), so pick which of the five you hope to see replaced by somebody else at the Oscars.

In a genuinely weird result, Emerald Fennell was nominated in the main category for film directing, but did not make the cut for best debut director, even though this is (of course) her directorial debut.

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures
Lee Isaac Chung, Minari (A24)
Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman (Focus Features)
David Fincher, Mank (Netflix)
Aaron Sorkin, The Trial of the Chicago 7 (Netflix)
Chloé Zhao, Nomadland (Searchlight Pictures)

Outstanding Directorial Achievement of a First-Time Feature Film Director
Radha Blank, The Forty-Year-Old Version (Netflix)
Fernando Frias de la Parra, I’m No Longer Here (Netflix)
Regina King, One Night in Miami (Amazon Studios)
Darius Marder, Sound of Metal (Amazon Studios)
Florian Zeller, The Father (Sony Pictures Classics)

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentaries
Amanda McBaine, Jesse Moss – Boys State (A24/Apple TV Plus)
Michael Dweck, Gregory Kershaw – The Truffle Hunters (Sony Pictures Classics)
Pippa Ehrlich, James Reed – My Octopus Teacher (Netflix)
Benjamin Ree – The Painter and the Thief (Neon/Elevation Pictures)
David France – Welcome to Chechnya (HBO)


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