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Directors Guild Nominations 2014 Reveal the Five Oscar Frontrunners

Directors Guild Nominations 2014 Reveal the Five Oscar Frontrunners

The Directors Guild of America’s five nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Feature Film for 2013 make clear the top five contenders for the Oscar. Along with the SAG, PGA and WGA nominations, the DGA is usually a strong bellwether for where things are going. 

The DGA is a larger and more mainstream voting bloc than the more idiosyncratic Academy director’s branch. Last year of course, there were unusually marked discrepancies between the DGA–whose winner usually collects the Oscar as well– and the Academy director’s branch, which omitted Ben Affleck and Kathryn Bigelow in favor of indies Michael Haneke and Benh Zeitlin.

Thus Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron of “Gravity,” British directors Paul Greengrass (“Captain Phillips”) and Steve McQueen (“12 Years a Slave”) join Americans David O. Russell (“American Hustle”), who was also nominated last year for “Silver Linings Playbook,” and Martin Scorsese “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

Left off the list are the Coen brothers, whose “Inside Llewyn Davis” was also skipped by SAG, WGA and PGA, as well as Woody Allen, John Lee Hancock, Spike Jonze, Alexander Payne and Jean-Marc Vallee, whose films “Blue Jasmine,” “Saving Mr. Banks,” “Her,” ‘Nebraska” and “Dallas Buyers Club” are nonetheless Best Picture Oscar contenders. Allen, Jonze and Payne, of that group, could well be honored by the Academy directors.

The winner will be named at the 66th Annual DGA Awards Dinner on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles. 

The five nominees for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Films in 2013 are:



(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 Award nomination.




Captain Phillips

(Columbia Pictures)


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.




American Hustle

(Columbia Pictures)


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

(Paramount Pictures)


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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Spike Jonze did a masterful job and deserves to be on this list.


f you look at past DGA award nominations, theres always at least one director who doesn't make the cut for the Oscars. My bet is that the Oscars will replace Scorsese with Payne. Nebraska is a movie voters will like more than Wolf of Wall Street.

Postal Worker

Toss up between McQueen and Cuaron. McQueen might be able to "Kevin Costner" up a win with the libs (right place, right time), but my money goes to Cuaron for the win. Would love to see Marty get it, but voters don't like his high-fallutin, purist ways. Dave's a d**khead and Paul's too low key. Go, Cuaron!


It's about bloody time Paul Greengrass gets included in this prestigious group. He has been directing the most heart-pounding-with- a-heart-cinema in this century. "United 93" is the best movie since civilisation survived Y2K.

daniel hardy

Five great directors, all here with great work. hard to complain, though i'm sure some will.

steve barr

Way to go D.G.A. ignore the Coen brothers , Alexander Payne and Spike Jonze and nominate the usual suspects . Boring !

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