The Directors Guild of America has just announced their nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2013. The nominees are hardly a surprise (these are actually the five I predicted) and include some of the top names in the industry, such as Martin Scorsese and David O. Russell.
Despite many people predicting early on that Steve McQueen would easily take Best Director for his work on "12 Years a Slave," the recent awards have shown that support is actually more so in Alfonso Cuaron's corner for his brilliant work on "Gravity," which also just happens to be the best film of the year.
Predicting these nominations was somewhat interesting this year. Cuaron, McQueen, Scorsese, and Russell were pretty much locked, leaving that fifth slot a bit of a mystery. Greengrass seemed most likely, but I was hoping that Spike Jonze might be able to sneak in for his brilliant film "Her." You also couldn't completely discount the possibility of an appearance by the Coen Bros., but given the lack of support from the other guilds, it didn't seem likely.
You can see the complete list of all five nominees below (including their directorial teams). The winner will be announced on January 25h, so be sure to check back.
(Warner Bros. Pictures)
Mr. Cuarón’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: David Siegel (Arizona Unit)
First Assistant Directors: Josh Robertson, Stephen Hagen (Arizona Unit)
Second Assistant Director: Ben Howard
This is Mr. Cuarón’s first DGA Feature Film Award nomination.
Mr. Greengrass’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Managers: Todd Lewis, Gregory Goodman
First Assistant Director: Chris Carreras
Second Assistant Directors: Nick Shuttleworth, Mark S. Constance
This is Mr. Greengrass’s first DGA Award nomination.
12 Years A Slave
(Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Mr. McQueen’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Anthony Katagas
First Assistant Director: Doug Torres
Second Assistant Director: James Roque Jr.
Second Second Assistant Director: Sherman Shelton Jr.
Additional Second Assistant Director: Nathan Parker
This is Mr. McQueen’s first DGA Award nomination.
DAVID O. RUSSELL
Mr. Russell’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Managers: Shea Kammer, Mark Kamine
First Assistant Director: Michele ‘Shelley’ Ziegler
Second Assistant Director: Xanthus Valan
Second Second Assistant Director: Jason Fesel
Location Managers: David Velasco, Guy Efrat (New York Unit)
This is Mr. Russell’s second DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in this category for The Fighter in 2010.
The Wolf of Wall Street
Mr. Scorsese’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Richard Baratta
First Assistant Director: Adam Somner
Second Assistant Director: Francisco Oritz
Second Second Assistant Director: Jeremy Marks
Additional Second Assistant Director: Scott Koche
Location Manager: Nils Widboom
This is Mr. Scorsese’s eleventh DGA Award nomination. He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film in 2006 for The Departed, and has also been nominated in that category for Taxi Driver (1976), Raging Bull (1980), Goodfellas (1990), The Age of Innocence (1993), Gangs of New York (2002), The Aviator (2004) and Hugo (2011). Mr. Scorsese also won the DGA Award in 2010 for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Television for Boardwalk Empire and he was nominated for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary for George Harrison: Living in the Material World in 2011. In 1999, Mr. Scorsese was presented with the Filmmaker Award at the inaugural DGA Honors Gala, and he was honored with the DGA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003.
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