Board of Directors nominations include Jane Campion, Steven Spielberg, Kenneth Branagh

Jane Campion, Kenneth Branagh, Denis Villeneuve, Steven Spielberg and Paul Thomas Anderson have been nominated for best director of 2021 by the Directors Guild of America, the DGA announced Thursday.

Wrapping up a remarkable day in which the Producers Guild, Motion Picture Writers and Editors Association of America also announced their nominations, the Directors Guild nominated Campion for “The Power of the Dog.” “, Branagh for “Belfast”, Villeneuve for “Dune”, Spielberg for “West Side Story” and McKay for “Don’t Look Up”.

Campion’s nomination marks the 11th time a woman has been nominated in the DGA feature film category, and becomes the second woman to be nominated twice in the category. Her first nod was in 1994 for “The Piano.”

The only female director with two feature film nominations is Kathryn Bigelow, who won for 2009’s “The Hurt Locker” and was nominated for 2012’s “Zero Dark Thirty” (Bigelow is a DGA nominee. this year in the commercial category, for iPhone ads.)

Spielberg’s nomination was his 12th in the category, breaking his own record as the director with the most nominations. Martin Scorsese comes in second with 10, and no other living director has more than five.

Other directors expected to compete for the nomination include Adam McKay for “Don’t Look Up”, Joel Coen for “The Tragedy of Macbeth”, Guillermo del Toro for “Nightmare Alley”, Sian Heder for “CODA”. ” Reinaldo Marcus Green for “King Richard,” Ruysuke Hamaguchi for the critically-acclaimed “Drive My Car,” and Maggie Gyllenhaal for “The Lost Daughter.”

Gyllenhaal, however, was nominated in the First Feature Feature category. Other nominees in that category, where Netflix movies take four out of six nominations, are Rebecca Hall for “Passing,” Lin-Manuel Miranda for “tick, tick… BOOM!” Tatiana Huezo for “Prayer for the Stolen”, Michael Sarnoski for “Pig” and Emma Seligman for “Shiva Baby”.

While the DGA nominations have historically been some of the most accurate of the clan for predicting what Oscar voters will do, and the DGA win is even more reliable when it comes to predicting a win at Oscars, the two groups have not matched each other five-fifths since 2010.

Since then, the Academy’s Branch of Directors has become increasingly distinctive and international, choosing Thomas Vinterberg over Aaron Sorkin, the DGA candidate last year, and before that choosing Yorgos Lanthimos and Pawel Pawlikowski instead. for Bradley Cooper and Bobby Farrelly, Lenny Abrahamson for Ridley Scott, and Michael Haneke and Benh Zeitlin for Ben Affleck and Bigelow.

Winners will be announced during the DGA Awards ceremony on Saturday, March 12. At the same ceremony, first assistant director Joseph P. Reidy will receive the Frank Capra Achievement Award, and stage manager Garry W. Hood will receive the Franklin J. Schaffner Achievement Award.

Nominations in the television, commercial and documentary categories were announced on Wednesday.



Paul Thomas Anderson
Licorice pizza
(Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures / United Artists Releasing)
Mr. Anderson’s directing team:

  • Unit Production Manager: Sue McNamara
  • First Assistant Director: Adam Somner
  • Second Assistant Director: Trevor Tavares
  • Second second assistant director: Kasia Trojak, Bob Riley, David Marnell

Kenneth Branagh
(Focus feature)

Jane Campion
The power of the dog

Steven Spielberg
West story
(20th Century Studios)

Mr. Spielberg’s team of directors:

  • Unit Producer: Carla Raij, Daniel Lupi
  • First Assistant Director: Adam Somner
  • Second Assistant Director: Jeremy Marks
  • Assistant Production Manager Unit: Robert T. Striem
  • The Director’s second second assistant: Josh Muzaffer
  • Additional Second Assistant Director: Billy Brennan
  • Position Manager: Robert T. Striem, Katherine Delaney

Denis Villeneuve
Sand dunes
(Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.)

Villeneuve’s team of directors:

  • Unit Producer: Joe Caracciolo, Jr., James Grant
  • First Assistant Director: Chris Carreras
  • Second Assistant Director: Tom Rye


Maggie Gyllenhaal
Daughter is gone

Rebecca Hall

Tatiana Huezo
Prayer for the Stolen

Lin-Manuel Miranda
Clap, Clap… Boom!
Mr. Miranda’s team of directors:

  • Unit Production Manager: Deb Dyer
  • First Assistant Director: Mariela Comitini
  • Second Assistant Director: Josh A. Muzaffer, Luca Waldman
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Melissa Morphet, Lincoln Major
  • Additional Second Assistant Director: Zach Citarella
  • Location Manager: Ryan Smith

Michael Sarnoski

Emma Seligman
Shiva Baby
(Utopia) Board of Directors nominations include Jane Campion, Steven Spielberg, Kenneth Branagh

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