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DGA Lineup Includes Lee Isaac Chung and Emerald Fennell!

Emerald Fennell

The Directors Guild of America released their feature film nominees moments ago, potentially giving us some major insight into the Best Director field at the Oscars. There isn’t always complete crossover between the DGA five and the Oscar five, but four usually is a pretty safe bet. This year, it looks like the DGA nominated three very safe Academy Award candidates, along with boosting two other Director hopefuls. Getting expected taps were David Fincher (Mank), Aaron Sorkin (The Trial of the Chicago 7) and Chloé Zhao (Nomadland). Joining that trio are Lee Isaac Chung (Minari) and Emerald Fennell (Promising Young Woman). Snubs here included Regina King (who instead received a First Time citation) and Spike Lee. The group opted not to double-dip Fennell in the First Time category as well, but this is a huge get for her. Will it translate with the Academy? How about for Chung? Will there be an Oscar morning snub? Stay tuned to find out…

Here now are our DGA nominees:

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2020
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; DreamWorks Pictures)

Chloé Zhao
“Nomadland”
(Searchlight Pictures)

Outstanding Directorial Achievement of a First-Time Feature Film Director for 2020
Radha Blank
“The Forty-Year-Old Version”
(Netflix)

Fernando Frías 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 of a Documentary Feature for 2020
Michael Dweck & Gregory Kershaw
“The Truffle Hunters” (Sony Pictures Classics)

Pippa Ehrlich & James Reed
“My Octopus Teacher” (Netflix)

David France
“Welcome to Chechnya” (HBO Max)

Amanda McBaine & Jesse Moss
“Boys State” (Apple / A24)

Benjamin Ree
“The Painter and the Thief” (Elevation Pictures)

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