1. Chloe Zhao – Nomadland
  2. Spike Lee – Da 5 Bloods
  3. David Fincher – Mank
  4. Aaron Sorkin – The Trial of the Chicago Seven
  5. Shaka King – Judas and the Black Messiah


  6. Lee Isaac Chung – Minari
  7. Regina King – One Night In Miami
  8. Paul Greengrass – News of the World
  9. George C. Wolfe – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
  10. Christopher Nolan – Tenet
  11. George Clooney – The Midnight Sky
  12. Ryan Murphy – The Prom
  13. Taika Waititi – Next Goal Wins   #
  14. Francis Lee – Ammonite
  15. Michael Showalter – The Eyes of Tammy Faye   #
  16. Sofia Coppola – On The Rocks
  17. Ron Howard – Hillbilly Elegy
  18. Tom McCarthy – Stillwater
  19. Clea DuVall – Happiest Season
  20. Joe and Anthony Russo – Cherry
  21. Miranda July – Kajillionaire
  22. Antonio Campos – The Devil All The Time
  23. Kelly Reichardt – First Cow
  24. Alan Yang – Tigertail
  25. Charlie Kaufman – I’m Thinking Of Ending Things
  26. Miguel Sapchnik – Bios
  27. Aaron Schneider – Greyhound
  28. Ben Wheatley – Rebecca
  29. Greg Barker – Sergio
  30. Liz Garbus – Lost Girls
  31. Eugene Ashe – Sylvie’s Love

# May Be Pushed To 2021