The directors of “Minari,” “Promising Young Woman,” “Mank,” “The Trial of the Chicago 7” and “Nomadland” were nominated Tuesday for the Directors Guild of America Award for feature films.
Since 1948, there have only been eight times that the winner of the DGA award for feature film directing has not gone on to win the Oscar for best director. The most recent time was last year, when Sam Mendes won the DGA Award for “1917,” but the Oscar went to Bong Joon Ho for “Parasite.”
“Nomadland” director Chloe Zhao has already collected Golden Globe and Critics Choice Awards for leading the film that she also wrote, and she has emerged as a strong Oscar contender.
She will compete for the DGA Award with Lee Isaac Chung for “Minari,” Emerald Fennell for “Promising Young Woman,” David Fincher for “Mank” and Aaron Sorkin for “The Trial of the Chicago 7.”
Fincher has been nominated for the DGA Award for film twice previously, for “The Social Network” and “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.”
Regina King, who has earned accolades for her work on “One Night in Miami,” was not nominated in the feature film category, however, the DGA did nominate her in the category of first-time feature film director. Also nominated in that category were Radha Blank for “The Forty-Year-Old Version,” Fernando Frías de la Parra for “I’m No Longer Here,” Darius Marder for “Sound of Metal” and Florian Zeller for “The Father.”
Nominations in the DGA’s television categories were announced Monday.
The DGA Awards will be presented in a virtual ceremony April 10.