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Who Will Win Best Director At The 2021 Golden Globes?

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Here are the visionary directors being considered for Best Director at the 2021 Golden Globes. Tasked with controlling both the artistic and visual components of a film, the directors in this year's group of potential nominees stood out from the rest. 

From Chloé Zhao's directorial triumph with the compelling and raw story of Nomadland, to the directorial debut in the form of Regina King's fictionalized history in One Night in Miami, women representation in the film industry is strong and well. While David Fincher's reevaluation of Herman J. Mankiewicz's screenwriting in Mank showcased a 1930s Hollywood in all its' glory. Other strong contenders for the award include Aaron Sorkin with The Trial of the Chicago 7 and Emerald Fennell for Promising Young Woman. 

Make your 2021 Golden Globes predictions by voting up the nominees you think will win, and don't miss the 78th Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, February 28, 2021.

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    Chloé Zhao

    Chloé Zhao won Best Director - Motion Picture, her first Golden Globe award. 
    Nomadland

    Chloé Zhao (born Zhao Ting, March 31, 1982) is a Chinese filmmaker. Her debut feature film, Songs My Brothers Taught Me (2015), premiered at Sundance Film Festival to critical acclaim and earned a nomination for the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature. Her second feature film, The Rider (2017), was critically praised and received nominations for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Film and Best Director. Zhao garnered further success with Nomadland (2020), which received widespread acclaim and won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival and the People's Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival.  ...more
    • Age: 38
    • Birthplace: Beijing, Chins
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    One Night in Miami

    Regina Rene King (born January 15, 1971) is an American actress and director. She is the recipient of several awards, including an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and four acting Primetime Emmy Awards, the most for an African-American performer. Time magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2019. King first gained attention for her role in the television series 227 from 1985 to 1990. She rose to prominence with roles in the films Friday (1995) and Jerry Maguire (1996), and the crime television series Southland (2009–2013). From 2015 to 2017, King starred in the ABC anthology series American Crime, for which she won two Primetime Emmy Awards, and in  ...more
    • Age: 50
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA
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    #274 of 349 The Best Actresses In Film History#172 of 253 The Best American Actresses Working Today#195 of 322 The Greatest American Actresses Of All Time

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    The Trial of the Chicago 7

    Aaron Benjamin Sorkin (born June 9, 1961) is an American screenwriter, director, producer, and playwright. His works include the Broadway plays A Few Good Men, The Farnsworth Invention and To Kill a Mockingbird; the television series Sports Night, The West Wing, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, and The Newsroom; and the films A Few Good Men, The American President, Charlie Wilson's War, Moneyball, and Steve Jobs. For writing The Social Network, he won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, among other awards. He made his feature directorial debut in 2017 with Molly's Game, which he also wrote. Sorkin's trademark rapid-fire dialogue and extended monologues are complemented, in  ...more
    • Age: 60
    • Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America
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    #624 of 1,172 The Best Writers of All Time#4 of 149 The Greatest Hollywood Screenwriters Of All-Time, Ranked#84 of 167 The Greatest Playwrights in History

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    Promising Young Woman

    Emerald Lilly Fennell (born 1 October 1985) is an English director, actress, author, screenwriter, and producer. She appeared in numerous period drama films, such as Albert Nobbs (2011), Anna Karenina (2012), The Danish Girl (2015), and Vita and Virginia (2018). She received wider recognition for her starring roles in the BBC period drama series Call the Midwife (2013–2017) and the Netflix period drama series The Crown (2019–2020). Fennell is also known as showrunner for season two of the BBC America thriller series Killing Eve (2019), which earned her two Primetime Emmy Award nominations. She gained further critical acclaim for directing, producing, and writing the thriller film Promising  ...more
    • Age: 36
    • Birthplace: London, England
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