Oscar 2021: Best Director–Predictions


If my reading is valid, then this year’s category of the Best Director Oscar should be the most diverse, inclusive and colorful ever.

For starters, it’s the first time in Oscar’s history that several women, rather than one or none, are serious contenders for the directing Oscar.

There are also more features by black directors than the usual norm.

The aforementioned trends also suggest that there are more stories about women (Nomadland), African American (Da 5 Blood), and other minorities (Minari).


Lee Daniels (The United States vs. Billie Holiday)

David Fincher (Mank)

Lee Isaac Chung (Minari)

Aaron Sorkin (The Trial of the Chicago 7)

George C. Wolfe (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom)

Chloé Zhao (Nomadland)


Strong Contenders

Emerald Fennell (Promising Young Woman)

Paul Greengrass (News of the World)

Eliza Hittman (Never Rarely Sometimes Always)

Regina King (One Night in Miami)

Spike Lee (Da 5 Bloods)

Darius Marder (Sound of Metal)

Also in the Run

Radha Blank (The 40-Year-Old Version)

Pete Docter & Kemp Powers (Soul)

Shaka King (Judas and the Black Messiah)

Thomas Vinterberg (Another Round)

Florian Zeller (The Father)