There’s a lot of good news in the Best Director race for the Academy as the 2021 Oscars begins to take shape. First off, there is a ton of diversity with Lee Issac Chung (“Minari”), George C. Wolfe (“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”), Lee Daniels (“The United States vs. Billie Holiday”), and recent winner Spike Lee (“Da 5 Bloods”) all genuine players for a nomination. Moreover, there are three women also vying for a nod, Regina King (“One Night in Miami“), Sofia Coppola (“On the Rocks”), and Chloe Zhao (“Nomadland”). Oh, and here’s a tip. If you’re heading to Vegas bet on the latter because she’s absolutely going to be nominated.

But wait, there’s more. David Fincher (“Mank”) could earn his third nomination in this category, while Paul Greengrass (“News of the World“) could earn his first. And that’s assuming, no genuine surprises. [Updated Nov. 19]

PAY ATTENTION

Chloe Zhao, “Nomadland”
David Fincher, “Mank”
Lee Isaac Chung, “Minari”

POSSIBLE

Spike Lee, “Da 5 Bloods”
Paul Greengrass, “News of the World”
Lee Daniels, “The United States vs. Billie Holiday”
Francis Lee, “Ammonite”
Regina King, “One Night in Miami”
Aaron Sorkin, “The Trial of the Chicago 7”
Sofia Coppola, “On the Rocks”
George C. Wolfe, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”
Joe and Anthony Russo, “Cherry”
Kornél Mundruczó, “Pieces of a Woman”
Christopher Nolan, “Tenet”