FEATURE FILM DIRECTOR
Damien Chazelle (La La Land)
FIRST-TIME FEATURE FILM DIRECTOR
Garth Davis (Lion)
Ezra Edelman (“O.J.: Made in America”)
Damien Chazelle is now pretty much a lock to win the Oscar for Brst Director. The DGA has been the strongest predictor of the Oscars Best Director and Best Picture. The winner of the DGA went on to win the Oscar 90% of the time and movie received the Best Picture Oscar 79% of the time. That means their could be split with Chazelle getting Director and Moonlight getting Picture. Last year Alejandro G. Inarritu won the DGA for The Revanant as well as the Oscar, but Spotlight won Best Picture.
Right now all signs point to La La Land winning both Picture and Director. The BAFTA Awards next weekend will solidify La La Land or make the Oscar race more competitive than we think.