The Directors Guild of America said additional information regarding the 73rd edition of the awards, including submission requirements and venue, will be announced at a later date.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced in June that the 93rd Academy Awards telecast had been postponed by two months, to April 25, 2021. Variety was the first to report that the Academy was considering delaying the big night in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
The 2020 DGA Awards ceremony was held on Jan. 25 at Los Angeles’ Ritz-Carlton Hotel. Sam Mendes won the top feature film award for the war drama “1917” and Alma Har’el nabbed the first-time feature award for “Honey Boy.” Top TV prizes went to “Watchmen” for drama series and “Barry” for comedy series.
Two weeks later, Bong Joon Ho won the Oscar for directing “Parasite.” It was only the eighth time that the Academy Award winner for directing diverged from the DGA winner in the 72-year history of the DGA Awards.
The DGA Awards are voted on by the 18,000-plus members of the guild. The DGA had not previously announced a date for its 2021 awards. The Oscars, Golden Globes, SAG Awards and BAFTA Film Awards have all pushed their dates and eligibility periods for feature films due to the pandemic.