Chloé Zhao, the Oscar-nominated director of “Nomadland,” made history as she accepted the film award for outstanding directorial achievement at the 73rd annual Directors Guild of America Awards 2021. She is the second woman to procure the honor and the first woman of color to do as such. Kathryn Bigelow was the first for “The Hurt Locker.” And everything except solidifies her frontrunner status leading up to the Oscars on April 25.
Chloé Zhao’s “Nomadland” proceeded with its tour of dominance through awards season Saturday night, when Zhao took top honors at the 73rd annual Directors Guild Association Awards.
The previous evening, Chloé Zhao became the second woman ever and the first woman of color to bring home the pined for Directors Guild of America Awards’ Best Director prize for her movie Nomadland.
While a long time coming in the awards’ history, which have been around in some form since 1938 (the feature film category was included 1948-1949), it’s exciting to see Chloé Zhao getting perceived for her extraordinary work on the Frances McDormand-led film. (Kathryn Bigelow won the category already in 2009 for her film The Hurt Locker.)
The current year’s DGA Awards proved to be much greater for women in film, with numerous female directors procuring nominations for their work. For feature movie directing, Chloé Zhao was nominated close by Promising Young Woman director Emerald Fennell.
In the first-time feature directing category, Radha Blank and Regina King were both nominated for their movies The Forty-Year-Old Version and One Night in Miami, respectively. Nonetheless, Darius Marder eventually won the category for his work on Sound of Metal.
The first-time directing prize went to Darius Marder for “Sound of Metal,” his innovative exploration of what happens when a drummer has serious, traumatic hearing misfortune.
Also, documentary directing was given to Gregory Kershaw and Michael Dweck for “The Truffle Hunters,” which follows a group of older men who search out the costly and uncommon white Alba truffle in the forests of Piedmont, Italy.
Looking forward to future projects, Chloé Zhao is as of now directing the forthcoming Marvel property Eternals. Her unique style and beautiful sweeping shots are as of now a sign of how she may move toward this installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
With a cast that incorporates Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Gemma Chan, and more, Eternals is promising to be a splendid expansion to the cinematic franchise with Chloé Zhao leading the charge. Recently, Marvel’s core producer Kevin Feige uncovered that he had been passed up Zhao’s pitch for the film.
Generally held in a ballroom ceremony in Beverly Hills, the current year’s untelevised event was held virtually with nominees accepting awards over Zoom calls from around the world, highlighting presentations by Tiffany Haddish, Bill Hader, Ava DuVernay, Spike Jonez, Sam Mendes, and then some.
The DGA Awards are regularly a strong bellwether for the Academy Awards. Besides a year ago, every DGA winner since 2014 likewise won the Academy Award: Alfonso Cuaron for “Gravity” (2014), Alejandro G. Iñárritu for “Birdman” (2015) and “The Revenant” (2016), Damien Chazelle for “La La Land” (2017), Guillermo del Toro for “The Shape of Water” (2018) and Cuaron for “Roma” (2019).
A year ago, Mendes won the top DGA award for “1917,” however the Academy Award for directing went to Bong Joon-ho for “Parasite.”
Since 2000, just seven movies have won the DGA however failed to win the best picture Oscar; in that equivalent time frame, there have possibly been four occasions when the DGA winner hasn’t likewise won the best director Oscar.
Chloé Zhao was facing Emerald Fennell for “Promising Young Woman,” Aaron Sorkin for “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” Lee Isaac Chung for “Minari” and David Fincher for “Mank.” The only difference in the Oscars lineup is that Sorkin isn’t among the nominees – instead, Thomas Vinterberg is for “Another Round.”
Chloé Zhao’s lyrical movie about transient laborers in the American West featuring Frances McDormand began its awards journey winning the Golden Lion at Venice Film Festival, the People’s Choice award at Toronto International Film Festival, the Golden Globe for best drama and best director, and the top honor from the Producer’s Guild.
With the film segment of the BAFTAs airing later tonight and the Oscars coming up from that point onward, the chances are looking encouraging for Chloé Zhao to bring home much more award acknowledgment for her work on Nomadland. The film is right now accessible to stream on Hulu. Marvel’s Eternals is scheduled for a November 5 release date.
The Directors Guild additionally celebrates accomplishments in TV directing.
Lesli Linka Glatter won the dramatic prize for her “Homeland” episode “Prisoners of War,” Susanna Fogel took the satire honor for the “In Case of Emergency” episode of “The Flight Attendant” and Scott Frank was perceived for directing the limited series “The Queen’s Gambit.”