NEW YORK — Chloé Zhao and Emerald Fennell have been nominated for outstanding directorial achievement by the Directors Guild of America, marking the first time two women have ever competed for the guild's top
The 73rd Annual DGA Awards, considered a strong indicator of directing
But on Tuesday, Zhao — widely considered the frontrunner for the directing Oscar — was nominated for her much-acclaimed “Nomadland," about a woman (Frances McDormand)
Also nominated were Lee Isaac Chung ("Minari"), Aaron Sorkin ("The Trial of the Chicago 7") and David Fincher ("Mank").
In the past 17 years, 15 DGA winners went on to win at the Oscars, though they diverged last year when Sam Mendes ("1917") was the guild's pick and Bong Joon Ho ("Parasite") triumphed at the Academy Awards.
The DGA's first-time feature category was also atypically diverse, with three people of
The Directors Guild Awards will be held virtually April 10.
This story corrects the date of the Directors Guild Awards to April 10.
Jake Coyle, The Associated Press