Chloe Zhao won at the Directors Guild of America Awards on April 11 for her helming of “Nomadland
.” The guild has a great track record of previewing the Best Director winner at the Academy Awards. Since aligning its awards with the academy, only eight of the DGA
picks failed to pick up an Oscar bookend. That stat makes Zhao all but certain to become the second female helmer to prevail at the Academy Awards after Kathryn Bigelow
Bigelow numbers among the 55 DGA winners for best director of the year who went on to claim bragging rights as the helmer of the Oscar winner for Best Picture. But we are just coming off two of those 17 years when there was a disconnect between the guild and the academy.
In 2020, Sam Mendes
won his second Directors Guild Award for helming the WWI drama “1917
” but the Oscar went to “Parasite
” director Boon Jong Ho,