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.”