The Directors Guild of America have announced the DGA's nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentaries for the year 2009. The nominees - all first timers - are listed below in alphabetical order:
Sacha Gervasi for "Anvil! The Story of Anvil" (Metal On Metal Productions)
This is Mr. Gervasi's first DGA Award nomination.
Mai Iskander for "Garbage Dreams" (Iskander Films, Inc.)
This is Ms. Iskander's first DGA Award nomination.
Robert Kenner for "Food, Inc." (Robert Kenner Films)
This is Mr. Kenner's first DGA Award nomination.
Louie Psihoyos for "The Cove" (Oceanic Preservation Society and Roadside Attractions)
This is Mr. Psihoyos' first DGA Award nomination.
Geoffrey Smith for "The English Surgeon" (Eyeline Films)
This is Mr. Smith's first DGA Award nomination.
Agnes Varda for "The Beaches of Agnes" (Cine-Tamaris, Paris)
This is Ms. Varda's first DGA Award nomination.
"Documentary filmmaking reflects and magnifies the reality of our lives - allowing audiences to see people and events in new, exciting and often unexpected ways," the DGA said in a statement The fine work of these talented nominees demonstrates why audiences are increasingly seeking out documentaries and why distributors are releasing more documentary films theatrically. I congratulate each of them for their extraordinary work."
This comes after last week's announcement of the feature nominees.
The winners will be announced at the 62nd Annual DGA Awards Dinner on Saturday, January 30, 2010 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.