By John H. Foote

Two women were nominated as Best Director for the first time in the history of the Directors Guild!

Emerald Fennell for Promising Young Woman and Chloé Zhao for Nomadland received nominations, along with Aaron Sorkin for The Trial of the Chicago 7, David Fincher for Mank and Lee Isaac Chung for Minari.

Of the five nominees there are no real surprises, though I remain shocked Paul Greengrass is not among the critics or directors choices for his superb western News of the World.

At this writing Chloé Zhao appears to be the front runner, though Emerald Fennell has had growing support for her searing film Promising Young Woman.

Other than Fincher, a previous nominee, all the others are nominees for the first time.

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