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DGA Nominations Boost Oscar Documentary Contenders

Three Oscar short-list documentaries have landed both DGA and PGA nominations: "The Eagle Huntress," "Life, Animated" and "O.J.: Made in America."

Alma Dalaykan, Nurgaiv Rys, Aisholpan Nurgaiv and director Otto Bell

Alma Dalaykan, Nurgaiv Rys, Aisholpan Nurgaiv and director Otto Bell

Daniel Bergeron

The five nominees for the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary for 2016 are all on the Oscar shortlist of 15.

Getting a boost as Oscar documentary branch voters fill out their ballots this week are six first-time nominees:

Otto Bell  “The Eagle Huntress” (Sony Pictures Classics)

Ezra Edelman “O.J.: Made in America” (ESPN Films)

John Kriegman & Elyse Steinberg “Weiner” (Sundance Selects)

Raoul Peck “I Am Not Your Negro” (Magnolia Pictures)

Roger Ross Williams “Life, Animated” (The Orchard)

Overlapping with the PGA’s nominated documentaries are “Life, Animated,” “O.J.: Made in America,” and “The Eagle Huntress,” the last of which also landed a BAFTA nod, along with “13th” and “Weiner.”

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