chloe zhao awards

Chloé Zhao has just added another nomination under her belt on Nomadland‘s road to the Oscars. And in her latest nod, she’s just made Directors Guild of America history alongside Promising Young Woman director Emerald Fennell. The pair are the first two women to have been nominated in the same year for best director of a feature film in the 73-year history of the DGA Awards. Overall, they’re only the ninth and 10th women to ever be nominated for the category.

The Directors Guild of America unveiled their 2021 DGA film nominations for theatrical feature film and first-time feature on Tuesday. Chloé Zhao, Emerald Fennell, David Fincher (Mank), Aaron Sorkin (The Trial of the Chicago 7), and Lee Isaac Chung (Minari) all scored a nod for best director of a feature film, while Regina King (One Night in Miami), Radha Blank (The Forty-Year-Old Version), Florian Zeller (The Father), Darius Marder (Sound of Metal), and Fernando Frías de la Parra (I’m No Longer Here) were nominated best first-time feature director.

But as has been the case for this awards season, Spike Lee remains unacknowledged for his work on Da 5 Bloods, with Netflix appearing to be choosing to throw its weigh behind Fincher’s Mank and Sorkin’s Trial of the Chicago 7, despite the acclaim for the frequently snubbed Da 5 Bloods and George C. Wolfe’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. At the rate this awards season is going, it’s seems more likely that Da 5 Bloods will be shut out of the Oscars entirely this year.

The DGA was the last of the four major Hollywood guilds to announce its nominations, following the Screen Actors Guild, the Writers Guild of America and the Producers Guild of America. In the past, four out of five DGA nominees have gone on to be nominated for the Best Director Oscar, per The Wrap, which appears to clinch Zhao’s standing as the frontrunner this awards season.

See the nominees for the 73rd annual DGA Awards below.


Lee Isaac Chung
Unit Production Manager: Dylan Brodie
First Assistant Director: Jeff Dubray
Second Assistant Director: Ann Laudick
Second Second Assistant Director: Stephen J. Hanan

Emerald Fennell
Promising Young Woman
(Focus Features)
Unit Production Manager: Reena Magsarili Raasch
First Assistant Director: Michael T. Meador
Second Assistant Director: Alexander Armero
Second Second Assistant Director: Anthony Manzo

David Fincher
Unit Production Manager: Allen Kupetsky
First Assistant Director: Richard Goodwin
Second Assistant Director: Samantha McGrady
Second Second Assistant Director: Matt McKinnon
Additional Second Assistant Directors: Jeff Goodell, John Stern, George Williams III

Aaron Sorkin
The Trial of the Chicago 7
(Netflix; DreamWorks Pictures)
Unit Production Managers: Charles Miller, Stuart M. Besser, Jonathan Shoemaker
First Assistant Director: Joseph P. Reidy
Second Assistant Director: Rachel Jaros
Second Second Assistant Director: Justin Bischoff
Location Managers: Dennis Voskov, Nick Rafferty (Chicago Unit)

Chloé Zhao
(Searchlight Pictures)
Unit Production Manager: Mary Kerrigan
First Assistant Director: Mary Kerrigan


Radha Blank
The Forty-Year-Old Version
Unit Production Manager: James Price
First Assistant Director: Michael L. Walker
Second Assistant Director: Kenyon Noble
Second Second Assistant Director: Jonathan Santos
Location Managers: Katarina Dedicova, Tim Stacker

Fernando Frías de la Parra
I’m No Longer Here
Production Managers: Martín Pérez Valle, Assia Fratz (New York Unit)
First Assistant Director: Carlos Suazo
Second Assistant Directors: Alí Santiago, Alex Burstein (New York Unit)
Second Second Assistant Directors: Karen Alcázar, Anthony James Faure (New York Unit)

Regina King
One Night in Miami
(Amazon Studios)
Unit Production Manager: Paul O. Davis
First Assistant Director: Mark Anthony Little
Second Assistant Director: Kevin O’Neil

Darius Marder
Sound of Metal
(Amazon Studios)
Unit Production Manager: Amy Greene
First Assistant Director: Matthew Vose Campbell

Florian Zeller
The Father
(Sony Pictures Classics)
First Assistant Director: George Every
Second Assistant Director: Jamie D. Allen

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