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  • by Jeff Beck

Film Nominations for the 73rd Annual Directors Guild of America Awards

The Directors Guild of America has just announced the remainder of their film nominees for 2020, with no real surprises to be found.

After the bizarre BAFTA shakeup this morning, where four of the six nominees were rather random, the DGA has chosen five nominees for its main award that were pretty much expected, including presumed winner Chloe Zhao for "Nomadland".

That being said, many thought Bong Joon Ho was going to win this last year for "Parasite" after his domination during the critics' awards, only for him to lose it to Sir Sam Mendes for "1917" (though the former ultimately still won the Oscar), so we can never be too sure about what's going to happen.

Historically, the winner of their main award goes on to win the Oscar about 90% of the time (last year being one of the rare exceptions), and it's also interesting to note that the eventual Best Picture Oscar winner has received a nomination here all but once since expanding to more than four nominees in 1951. Combining this with the Golden Globe Best Screenplay stat, it would appear the field has narrowed down to frontrunner "Nomadland," "The Trial of the Chicago 7," "Mank," and "Promising Young Woman".

The ceremony will take place on April 10th, so be sure to check back for the winners.

In the meantime, please see below for a list of the DGA's film nominees:

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in 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

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in First-Time 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

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentaries

Michael Dweck and Gregory Kershaw, The Truffle Hunters

Pippa Ehrlich and James Reed, My Octopus Teacher

David France, Welcome to Chechnya

Amanda McBaine and Jesse Moss, Boys State

Benjamin Ree, The Painter and the Thief

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