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DGA Awards 2021: Chloé Zhao Wins for ‘Nomadland’ (Full List of Winners)

The 73rd annual Directors Guild of America Awards honored the best directing in film and TV on Saturday night.

Frances McDormand in the film NOMADLAND. Photo Courtesy of Searchlight Pictures. © 2020 20th Century Studios All Rights Reserved


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The 73rd annual Directors Guild of America Awards kicked off on Saturday evening. The awards honored the best directing in film and television of the past year.

This year, nominees Lee Isaac Chung for “Minari,” Emerald Fennell for “Promising Young Woman,” David Fincher for “Mank,” Aaron Sorkin for “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” and Chloé Zhao for “Nomadland” vied for the top directorial prize for film, with Zhao winning.

On the TV side, “The Queen’s Gambit,” “Homeland,” and “The Flight Attendant” won the major prizes, shaking up the race as we head into Emmys season.

The DGA prize is often considered a bellwether for the Best Director Oscar. Recent DGA winners that went on to repeat at the Academy Awards include Alfonso Cuarón for “Roma,” Guillermo del Toro for “The Shape of Water,” Damien Chazelle for “La La Land,” and Alejandro G. Iñárritu for both “The Revenant” and “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance).” However, last year’s winner, Sam Mendes for “1917,” lost to Bong Joon Ho (“Parasite”) for Best Director at the Oscars.

Director Betty Thomas received the DGA’s Robert B. Aldrich Achievement Award for her “extraordinary service to the guild and its members.” The Frank Capra Achievement Award went to Brian E. Frankish, while the Franklin J. Schaffner Achievement Award went to Joyce Thomas. Paris Barclay took the organization’s honorary lifetime membership award.

Feature Film

Lee Isaac Chung

Emerald Fennell
“Promising Young Woman”
(Focus Features)

David Fincher

Aaron Sorkin
“The Trial of the Chicago 7”
(Netflix; DreamWorks Pictures)

Chloé Zhao
(Searchlight Pictures)

First-Time Feature Director

Radha Blank
“The Forty-Year-Old Version”

Fernando Frías de la Parra
“I’m No Longer Here”

Regina King
“One Night in Miami”
(Amazon Studios)

Darius Marder
“Sound of Metal”
(Amazon Studios)

Florian Zeller
“The Father”
(Sony Pictures Classics)

Documentary Feature

Michael Dweck & Gregory Kershaw
“The Truffle Hunters” (Sony Pictures Classics)

Pippa Ehrlich & James Reed
“My Octopus Teacher” (Netflix)

David France
“Welcome to Chechnya” (HBO Max)

Amanda McBaine & Jesse Moss
“Boys State” (Apple / A24)

Benjamin Ree
“The Painter and the Thief” (Elevation Pictures)

Comedy Series

Zach Braff
“Ted Lasso,” “Biscuits” (Apple TV+)

MJ Delaney
“Ted Lasso,” “The Hope that Kills You” (Apple TV+)

Susanna Fogel
“The Flight Attendant,” “In Case of Emergency” (HBO Max)

Erin O’Malley
“Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “The Surprise Party” (HBO)

Jeff Schaffer
“Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “The Spite Store” (HBO)

Drama Series

Jason Bateman
“Ozark,” “Wartime” (Netflix)

Jon Favreau
“The Mandalorian,” “Chapter 9: The Marshal” (Disney+)

Vince Gilligan
“Better Call Saul,” “Bagman”(AMC)

Lesli Linka Glatter
“Homeland,” “Prisoners of War” (Showtime)

Julie Anne Robinson
“Bridgerton,” “Diamond of the First Water” (Netflix)

Movies for Television and Limited Series

Susanne Bier
“The Undoing” (HBO)

Scott Frank
“The Queen’s Gambit” (Netflix)

Thomas Kail
“Hamilton” (Disney+)

Matt Shakman
“WandaVision” (Disney +)

Lynn Shelton
“Little Fires Everywhere,” “Find a Way” (Hulu)

Variety Talk/News/Sports (Regularly Scheduled Programming)

Paul G. Casey
“Real Time With Bill Maher,” “Episode 1835” (HBO)

Jim Hoskinson
“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” “#1025 Live Show Following Capitol Insurrection” (CBS)

Don Roy King
“Saturday Night Live,” “Dave Chappelle; Foo Fighters” (NBC)

David Paul Meyer
“The Daily Show with Trevor Noah,” “President Obama: Inspiring Future Leaders & ‘A Promised Land’ (Comedy Central)

Christopher Werner
“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,” “Trump & Election Results” (HBO)

Variety Talk/News/Sports (Specials)

Stacey Angeles
“The Daily Show with Trevor Noah Presents ‘Remembering RBG: A Nation Ugly Cried with Desi Lydic’ (Comedy Central)

Marielle Heller
“What the Constitution Means to Me” (Amazon)

Jim Hoskinson
“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” “Stephen Colbert’s Election Night 2020: Democracy’s Last Stand: Building Back America Great Again Better 2020” (Showtime)

Spike Lee
“American Utopia” (HBO)

Thomas Schlamme
“A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote” (HBO Max)

Reality Programs

David Charles
“Eco Challenge,” “3,2,1…Go!” (Amazon)

Jon Favreau
“The Chef Show,” “Tartine” (Netflix)

Ken Fuchs
“Shark Tank,” “1211” (ABC)

Joseph Guidry
“Full Bloom,” “Petal to the Metal” (HBO Max)

Rich Kim
“Lego Masters,” “Mega City Block” (FOX)

Children’s Programs

Kabir Akhtar
“High School Musical: The Musical – The Series,” “Opening Night” (Disney+)

Larissa Bills
“On Pointe,” “Showtime!”(Disney+)

Dean Israelite
“The Astronauts,” “Countdown” (Nickelodeon)

Richie Keen
“The Healing Powers of Dude,” “Second Step: Homeroom” (Netflix)

Amy Schatz
“We Are the Dream: The Kids of the Oakland MLK Oratorical Fest” (HBO)


Steve Ayson
The Great Chase, Nike – Wieden + Kennedy Shanghai

Nisha Ganatra
(Chelsea Pictures)
#wombstories, Bodyform/Libresse – AMVBBDO

Niclas Larsson
See the Unseen, VW Touareg – adam&eveDDB
The Parents, Volvo XC60 – Forsman & Bodenfors

Melina Matsoukas
You Love Me, Beats by Dr. Dre – Translation

Taika Waititi
(Hungry Man)
The Letter, Coca-Cola – Wieden & Kennedy London

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