The Directors Guild of America (DGA) has announced its feature directing nominees, a five-strong male-only roster that includes Parasite’s Bong Joon Ho, Golden Globe winner Sam Mendes for 1917, Martin Scorsese for The Irishman, Quentin Tarantino for Golden Globe winner Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood, and Taika Waititi for Jojo Rabbit.
The list bodes well for all who are on it: in the last six years every DGA feature directing winner has gone on to claim the Oscar for best directing. Last year’s winner was Alfonso Cuaron for ROMA.
Directors who missed out include Todd Phillips (Joker), James Mangold for Ford v Ferrari (although he was not viewed as a frontrunner), Noah Baumbach for Marriage Story, and leading female filmmakers such as Greta Gerwig for Little Women, Lulu Wang for The Farewell, and Marielle Heller for A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood.
The first-time directing nominees includes three women. Mati Diop for Atlantics (who like Bong is on the Oscar international feature film shortlist, representing Senegal); Alma Har’el for Honey Boy, and Melina Matsoukas for Queen & Slim. Joining them are Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz for The Peanut Butter Falcon, and Joe Talbot for The Last Black Man In San Francisco.
Winners will be announced at the 72nd Annual DGA Awards in Downtown Los Angeles on January 25.
Outstanding Directorial Achievement In Theatrical Feature Film
Bong Joon Ho, Parasite
Sam Mendes, 1917
Martin Scorsese, The Irishman
Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon A Time …In Hollywood
Taika Waititi, Jojo Rabbit
Outstanding Directorial Achievement Of A First-Time Feature Film Director
Mati Diop, Atlantics
Alma Har’el, Honey Boy
Melina Matsoukas, Queen & Slim
Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz, The Peanut Butter Falcon
Joe Talbot, The Last Black Man In San Francisco