Oscar 2021: Best Director–Predictions

For the past 35 years, ever since the publication of the first edition of my Oscar book, then titled And the Winner Is:  The History and Politics of the Academy Awards, I have been polled about the Academy Awards.  This trend began way before the age of Internet, and the Oscar polls were in print, radio, TV, and other platforms.

Continuing the tradition:

The book, now in its 11th paperback edition, is titled: All About Oscar: The History and Politics of the Academy Awards.

Frontrunners (in alphabetical order)

Lee Isaac Chung, Minari
George Clooney, The Midnight Sky
Lee Daniels, The United States vs. Billie Holiday
David Fincher Mank
Regina King, One Night in Miami
Aaron Sorkin, The Trial of the Chicago 7
Chloe Zhao, Nomadland

Strong Contenders

Sofia Coppola, On the Rocks

Pete Docter & Kemp Powers, Soul

Paul Greengrass, News of the World

Patty Jenkins, Wonder Woman 1984

Spike Lee, Da 5 Bloods

George C. Wolfe, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Also in the Run

Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman

Eliza Hittman, Never Rarely Sometimes Always

Shaka King, Judas and the Black Messiah

John Lee Hancock, The Little Things

Sam Levinson, Malcolm & Marie

Kevin Macdonald, The Mauritanian

Ryan Murphy, The Prom

Christopher Nolan, Tenet

Anthony Russo & Joe Russo, Cherry

John Patrick Shanley, Wild Mountain Thyme

Leigh Whannell, The Invisible Man

Florian Zeller, The Father