The Administrators Guild of America made historical past Saturday evening, giving the group’s prime prize for feature-film directing to Chloé Zhao (“Nomadland”), the primary girl of coloration to obtain the award and solely the second girl ever to win within the class, after Kathryn Bigelow (“The Hurt Locker”).
Zhao was thought of the heavy favourite after a dominant awards-season run for her movie that has additionally included prime honors on the Golden Globes, Critics Selection Awards and Producers Guild Awards, and she’s going to now enter Oscar evening because the prohibitive front-runner, for the reason that DGA winner has gained the best-director Oscar 13 of the final 15 instances.
A best-picture victory for “Nomadland” seems more and more seemingly, too: Few movies have gone on to take Oscar’s prime prize with out first profitable on the DGA or PGA. Nonetheless, a kind of curveballs got here simply final 12 months, when “Parasite” gained finest image with out both of these trophies however after netting a high-profile win on the Display Actors Guild.
That will present a path ahead for “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” which additionally pulled off a SAG victory final week. However although that movie’s director, Aaron Sorkin, was nominated alongside Zhao for the DGA Award, he was snubbed for a directing nomination on the Oscars.
In her acceptance speech, Zhao supplied fulsome reward for Sorkin — “I can feel my heart beating with yours when I watch your film,” she stated — in addition to for the opposite nominees, Lee Isaac Chung (“Minari”), Emerald Fennell (“Promising Young Woman”), and David Fincher (“Mank”).
And although he didn’t win, Fincher might have gotten the road of the evening when he was requested to sum up his profession: “Directing,” Fincher stated, “is a bit like trying to paint a watercolor from four blocks away through a telescope, over a walkie-talkie, and 85 people are holding the brush.”
In different information on the digital ceremony, the award for first-time feature-film directing went to Darius Marder for “Sound of Metal,” whereas the documentary prize went to Michael Dweck and Gregory Kershaw for “The Truffle Hunters,” which was snubbed by Oscar.
Right here is the complete listing of winners:
Characteristic: Chloé Zhao, “Nomadland”
First-Time Characteristic: Darius Marder, “Sound of Metal”
Documentary: Michael Dweck and Gregory Kershaw, “The Truffle Hunters”
Tv Films and Restricted Collection: Scott Frank, “The Queen’s Gambit”
Dramatic Collection: Lesli Linka Glatter, “Homeland”
Comedy Collection: Susanna Fogel, “The Flight Attendant”
Selection/Discuss/Information/Sports activities (Recurrently Scheduled): Don Roy King, “Saturday Night Live”
Selection/Discuss/Information/Sports activities (Specials): Thomas Schlamme, “A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote”
Actuality Applications: Joseph Guidry, “Full Bloom”
Commercials: Melina Matsoukas, “You Love Me” for Beats by Dr. Dre
Youngsters’s Applications: Amy Schatz, “We Are the Dream: The Kids of the Oakland MLK Oratorical Fest”