The Directors Guild of America’s nominees for 2011’s Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary include Martin Scorsese (“George Harrison: Living in a Material World”), Steve James (“The Interrupters”), James Marsh (“Project Nim”), Joe Berlinger & Bruce Sinofsky (“Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory”), and Richard Press (“Bill Cunningham New York”). Three of these films are also on the Academy’s documentary shortlist of 15; “Project Nim,” “Purgatory” and “Bill Cunningham.” Not on that shortlist is James’ “The Interrupters,” which just won Cinema Eye’s top honor. New Academy governor Michael Moore is taking on the arcane new voting system.
DGA President Taylor Hackford says this year’s doc nominees “take audiences on a journey, whether casting light on injustice or exploring the human condition in all of its nuance, cruelty, creativity and triumph. Our nominees represent the best in documentary filmmaking and I congratulate each of them on a job well done.” On January 28, winners will be announced at an awards dinner hosted by Kelsey Grammer.
The nominees (in alphabetical order):
JOE BERLINGER & BRUCE SINOFSKY , “Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory”
Radical Media / HBO Documentary Films
This is the third DGA Award nomination for Mr. Berlinger and Mr. Sinofsky, all in this category. They won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary for Brother’s Keeper in 1992. They were also nominated for Paradise Lost in 1996.
STEVE JAMES, “The Interrupters ”
Kartemquin Films / WGBH/Frontline / The Independent Television Services / BBC Storyville / Rise Films
This is Mr. James’ third DGA Award nomination in this category. He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Documentary for Hoop Dreams in 1994. He was also nominated (along with Peter Gilbert) for At the Death House Door in 2008.
JAMES MARSH, “Project Nim ”
Red Box Films / Passion Pictures / HBO Documentary Films / BBC Films / UK Film Council
This is Mr. Marsh’s second DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in this category for Man on Wire in 2008.
RICHARD PRESS, “Bill Cunningham New York”
First Thought Films / Zeitgeist Films
This is Mr. Press’ first DGA Award nomination.
MARTIN SCORSESE, “George Harrison: Living in the Material World”
Sikelia Productions / Spitfire Pictures / Grove Street Pictures
This is Mr. Scorsese’s tenth DGA Award nomination. He is also nominated this year in the Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film category for Hugo. He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film in 2006 for The Departed, and was previously nominated in that category for Taxi Driver (1976), Raging Bull (1980), Goodfellas (1990), The Age of Innocence (1993), Gangs of New York (2002), and The Aviator (2004). Mr. Scorsese won the DGA Award last year for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Television for Boardwalk Empire. 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.