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Who Will Win Best Director At The 2021 Oscars?

Updated April 26, 2021 186 votes 49 voters5 items
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Here are the visionary directors being considered for Best Director at the 2021 Oscars. Crafting both the artistic and visual components of a film, the directors from this group of potential nominees crafted some of the year's best movies. 

From Chloé Zhao's directorial triumph with the compelling and raw story of Nomadland, to David Fincher's reevaluation of Herman J. Mankiewicz's screenwriting in Mank, these are the instant film classics that many will be talking about for years to come. Other strong contenders for the award include Thomas Vinterberg for Another Round and Lee Isaac Chung for Minari. 

Make your 2021 Oscars predictions by voting up the nominees you think will win, and don't miss the 93rd Academy Awards on Sunday, April 25, 2021.

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    Chloé Zhao

    Chloé Zhao won Best Director for 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
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      Lee Isaac Chung


      Lee Isaac Chung (born October 19, 1978) is an American film director and screenwriter. His debut feature Munyurangabo (2007) was an Official Selection at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival. The first narrative feature film in the Kinyarwanda language, the film was an Official Selection at the Cannes Film Festival, the Berlin Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival, the Busan International Film Festival. He also directed the feature films Lucky Life (2010) and Abigail Harm (2012)....  more
      • Age: 42
      • Birthplace: Denver, Colorado
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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: 35
      • Birthplace: England, London
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      David Andrew Leo Fincher (born August 28, 1962) is an American film director, film producer, television director, television producer, and music video director. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) and The Social Network (2010). For the latter, he won the Golden Globe Award for Best Director and the BAFTA Award for Best Direction. He is also known for having directed Alien 3 in his directorial debut, and most known for films in the thriller genre, including Seven (1995), The Game (1997), Fight Club (1999), Panic Room (2002), Zodiac (2007), The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) and Gone Girl (2014). He was also instrumental...  more
      • Age: 59
      • Birthplace: Denver, Colorado, United States of America
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