Monday, March 15, 2021

Oscar Nominees: Best Director

My predictions: 3/5
My ballot: Coming soon!
The nominees: Thomas Vinterberg (Another Round), David Fincher (Mank), Lee Isaac Chung (Minari), Chloé Zhao (Nomadland), Emerald Fennell (Promising Young Woman)

This list isn’t so much of a surprise, with plenty of indicators it might happen. I was still betting on Regina King and hadn’t taken seriously the many people who suggested that Aaron Sorkin might find himself snubbed after a strong precursors performance. I’m delighted to see Thomas Vinterberg (Another Round) here after speaking with him last week, and, like Pawel Pawlikowski of “Cold War” two years ago, he translates a BAFTA nomination for Best Director into the same at the Oscars without a Best Picture bid from either group (his film is the frontrunner for Best International Feature). It’s also nice to see Lee Isaac Chung (Minari) get in after he missed out on a Globe nomination. Chloé Zhao (Nomadland) and Emerald Fennell (Promising Young Woman) being nominated make it the first time that two women have been recognized in the same year, something that embarrassingly has never happened before in Oscar history. I was nervous about his chances for a while, but I’m glad to see that David Fincher (Mank) didn’t get left off for a truly strong film that is one of my favorites of 2020. A very good list!

My current bet to win: It’s going to be Zhao.

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