The Directors Guild of America announced the dates for their 2021 awards ceremony in a statement earlier today. The DGA Awards, which has always been a strong indicator for the winner of the Academy Awards, in particular, Best Picture and Best Director, will take place on Saturday, April 10.
Information regarding submission requirements and venue will be announced at a later date.
With the Academy Awards moving their ceremony due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the state of Hollywood in flux, expect all the major precursor awards such as DGA, PGA, WGA, and others to announce their date changes over the coming weeks.
Critics Choice, Golden Globes, and SAG have already moved their dates. The Academy extended the awards calendar to Feb. 28, 2021.
This year, contenders for Best Director and Picture will be difficult to pin down with many VOD releases, and still not knowing how the fall festival seasons will impact things.
In the official awards predictions for AwardsCircuit, Chloé Zhao‘s highly anticipated “Nomadland” from Searchlight Pictures sits at the top of the Oscar Predictions charts in both Best Picture, Director, and Adapted Screenplay. The film was just announced to be the NYFF centerpiece selection at the 58th annual New York Film Festival, still scheduled to take place at the end of Sept.
Other directors set to be in play this year could include Francis Lee (“Ammonite“), David Fincher (“Mank“), Aaron Sorkin (“The Trial of the Chicago 7“), Denis Villeneuve (“Dune“), Steven Spielberg (“West Side Story“), Tom McCarthy (“Stillwater“), Sofia Coppola (“On the Rocks“), Florian Zeller (“The Father“), Janicza Bravo (“Zola“), Liesl Tommy (“Respect“), and many more.
Some filmmakers have already generated buzz from releasing earlier in the year or on VOD platforms such as Spike Lee (“Da 5 Bloods”), Aaron Schneider (“Greyhound”), Kitty Green (“The Assistant”), and Judd Apatow (“The King of Staten Island”).