Alfonso Cuaron Gravity

The Directors Guild of America President has announced the five nominees for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2013. The expected likes of Alfonso Cuarón, Steve McQueen and David O. Russell were joined by the slightly more shaky Paul Greengrass and Martin Scorsese, leaving out Joel & Ethan Coen, Alexander Payne and Spike Jonze. 

Cuarón, McQueen and Greengrass are notably all first time nominees here, while this is Russell's second nomination and a whopping #11 for Mr. Scorsese.

The DGA historically has a pretty great track record with predicting Oscar's final five, though last year they hit a historic low by only going 2 for 5, nominating Ben Affleck, Kathryn Bigelow and Tom Hooper while the Academy went for Michael Haneke, Benh Zeitlin and David O. Russell (Ang Lee and Steven Spielberg got both). The lineup has actually only matched up 5 for 5 twice in the past decade. So there's certainly still hope left for Payne, Jonze and the Coen Brothers.

Full list of nominations below (with their teams and historical notes from the DGA). 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. 
(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.