We're probably looking at a historic set of Oscar nominees for director this year, and the news could go several different ways.
There could be two women — or possibly three. There could be two nominees of Asian descent. The slate could have a majority of nonwhite nominees.
Any one of these outcomes would be groundbreaking and a possible sign of progress or, since this is the Oscars, it could be an anomaly and we're back to business as usual in 2022. And not in the way we want to be back to business as usual in 2022: watching movies in theaters, without masks and without worrying about why the dude behind us keeps coughing.
We're less than a month away from the March 15 nominations announcement, so let's take a look at the races for the director and screenplay categories.
Chloé Zhao, "Nomadland"
Lee Isaac Chung, "Minari"
Regina King, "One Night in Miami"
Aaron Sorkin, "The Trial of the Chicago 7"
David Fincher, "Mank"