The Academy Awards ceremony date is set for April 25, 2021 but with major Hollywood movies postponing their release dates there’s a chance for new emerging directors to make an impact at the Oscars. Keep reading as we reveal new additions for the race to the prize!
This year the new Academy rules due to the pandemic allow that even if a theatrical release was originally scheduled, movies that premiere online or at an online film festival are Oscar eligible.
Prestigious directors with established Hollywood careers are back. Among the auteurs who carry the torch from the studios are Paul Greengrass’s “News of the World,” Ron Howard with “Hillbilly Elegy” and Christopher Nolan’s $225-million Sci Fi epic feature “Tenet.”
Strong contender Greengrass reunites with legendary star Tom Hanks once again, for the awaited period drama “News of the World” to be released on December 25. The award winners previously teamed up on Best picture nominee “Captain Phillips.”
Ron Howard won an Oscar with “A Beautiful Mind”. Could he be back in the chase with “Hillbilly Elegy” starring multi Academy Award nominees Amy Adams and Glenn Close? The pair have 13 nominations!
After Spike Lee’s triumph at Cannes Festival with “BlacKkKlansman” in 2018 he is back in the Oscars hunt with Vietnam drama “Da 5 Bloods”. Netflix is pushing for a well deserved Best Director award after three decades of nominations for Spike.
Frontrunner Chloé Zhao’s road movie “Nomadland” based on Jessica Bruder’s nonfiction book “Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century” starrs two-time Oscar-winner Frances McDormand for “Fargo” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”
New additions with prospects to win an Oscar include Regina King’s film directing debut “One Night in Miami”. Could she be the first black woman to be nominated as Best Director?
“The Social Network” Oscar-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, is back in the director’s chair with conspiracy courtroom drama “The Trial of the Chicago 7”.
After spending some years working in successful Netflix series “House of Cards” and “Mindhunter” David Fincher’s is back to movie sets with period biopic “Mank,” starring Oscar winner Gary Oldman in another amazing performance.