If you are still laboring over your Oscar nomination picks, you could do worse than go with the five DGA nominations. They include the directors of two music biodocs, Brit Asif Kapadia (“Amy”) and Liz Garbus (“What Happened, Miss Simone?”), nabbing their first DGA nods, as well as returning DGA nominee Alex Gibney (HBO’s “Going Clear: Scientology, the Prison of Belief”), and two first-time nominees whose daring making-of stories are as dramatic as their movies, Matthew Heineman, who faced drug thugs in “Cartel Land,” and mountain climber and cinematographer Jimmy Chin, who co-directed with his wife. filmmaker Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi. Sometimes the narrative behind the movie is as important as the movie itself (see Laura Poitras’s “Citizenfour”).
Left off this list but still possibilities for Oscar nominations are another show business doc, Stevan Riley’s “Listen to Me Marlon,” Davis Guggenheim’s emotional portrait “Listen to Me Malala,” Kirby Dick & Amy Ziering’s controversial “The Hunting Ground,” Michael Moore’s “Where to Invade Next?” and Joshua Oppenheimer’s “The Look of Silence,” a follow-up to Oscar-nominated “The Act of Killing.”
The nominees for the Directors Guild
of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary for 2015 are (in alphabetical order):
JIMMY CHIN & ELIZABETH CHAI VASARHELYI
Music Box Films
Little Monster Films
This is Mr. Chin’s first DGA Award nomination.
This is Ms. Vasarhelyi’s first DGA Award nomination.
What Happened, Miss Simone?
This is Ms. Garbus’s first DGA Award nomination.
Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
HBO Documentary Films
This is Mr. Gibney’s third DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in this category in 2007 for Taxi to the Darkside and in 2010 for Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer.
Our Time Projects
The Documentary Group
This is Mr. Heineman’s first DGA Award nomination.
On The Corner
Mr. Kapadia’s Directorial Team:
Production Manager: Raquel Alvarez
This is Mr. Kapadia’s first DGA Award nomination.
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