Oscar 2021: Debut (First Time) Directors

Debut Director

Radha Blank – The Forty-Year-Old Version

Shannon Murphy  – Babyteeth

Autumn de Wilde – Emma.

Lynn Chen – I Will Make You Mine

Joe Marcantonio – Kindred

Egor Abramenko – Sputnik

Sasie Sealy – Lucky Granda

Ekwa Msangi – Farewell Amor

Matthew Rankin – The Twentieth Century

Emerald Fennell – Promising Young Woman

Natalie Erika James – Relic

Dave Franco – The Rental

Josh Ruben – Scare Me

Gavin Rothery – Archive

Florian Zeller – The Father

Ricky Tollman – Run This Town

Channing Godfrey Peoples – Miss Juneteenth

Dea Kulumbegashvili – Beginning (Dasatskisi)

Annie Silverstein – Bull

Kevin Ward – A Patient Man

Sara Zandieh – Simple Wedding

Aaron Fischer – Inside the Rain

Tyler Taormina – Ham on Rye

Roel Leijten – Buoyancy

Liz Manashil – Speed of Life

Cristóbal León and Joaquín Cociña – The Wolf House

Michael Angelo Covino – The Climb

Jeff Roda – 18 to Party

Loira Limbal – Through The Night

Jiayan ‘Jenny’ Shi –  Finding Yingying

Anabel Rodríguez Ríos – Once Upon A Time In Venezuela

Nathan Grossman – I Am Greta

Catrin Einhorn and Leslye Davis – Father Soldier Son

Radu Ciorniciuc – Acasă, My Home

Lance Oppenheim – Some Kind Of Heaven

First-Time Co-Directors (eligible?)

Danielle Krudy –  Blow the Man Down

Kemp Powers – Soul (co-director)

Melissa Haizlip – Mr. Soul! (co-director)

Gregory Kershaw –The Truffle Hunters

Amanda McBain – Boys State

Chris Dorrance – Slay The Dragon

James Lebrecht – Crip Camp

Not Eligible – 

Regina King – One Night in Miami (directed documentary)

Darius Marder – Sound of Metal (directed documentary Loot)

Max Barbakow – Palm Springs (directed documentary)

Diane  Paragas – Yellow Rose (doc)

Unjoo Moon – I Am Woman (2nd film)

Rose Glass – Saint Maude (not released in time)