Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Golden Globe Nominees: Best Director – Motion Picture

My predictions: 5/5
Who’s missing? Florian Zeller (The Father), Lee Isaac Chung (Minari), Spike Lee (Da 5 Bloods)

I’m proud to have predicted this category accurately, one of just two perfect scores for me this year. It’s a major first to have more than one female nominee in this category, and this time there are actually three! I did guess correctly that Emerald Fennell (Promising Young Woman) would be embraced along with her film, and Chloé Zhao (Nomadland) was a sure thing given her domination of critics’ prizes this season. It seems like Regina King (One Night in Miami) may have gotten in partially on her own reputation as an actress and a known quantity since her film was strangely absent from the Best Motion Picture – Drama and screenplay races. Despite not factoring in as emphatically as they could have to the precursor races, Aaron Sorkin (The Trial of the Chicago 7), a two-time Globe winner in the category, and David Fincher (Mank), the only past nominee (and winner) for directing, did make the cut.

Who will win? I might have said King if her film had performed better, so I’ll say Zhao has it in the bag.

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