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January 7, 2010 5:59 AM
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Directors Guild Announces 2009 Nominees

The Directors Guild of America have announced the nominations for their 62nd annual awards. The lineup consisted of the expected four - "The Hurt Locker"'s Kathryn Bigelow, "Inglourious Basterds"'s Quentin Tarantino, "Avatar"'s James Cameron, and "Up In The Air"'s Jason Reitman - with "Precious"'s Lee Daniels taking the somewhat contested final slot.

Bigelow, Daniels and Reitman are all first time nominees, while Tarantino ("Pulp Fiction") and Cameron ("Titanic") have each been honored once here before.

It's a historically significant batch of nominees. Daniels is the first ever African-American nominee in this race, while Bigelow is one of only seven women to have been nominated here (she would become the Academy's fourth, and their first potential winner). The list of previous female nominees includes Lina Wertmuller ("Seven Beauties"), Randa Haines ("Children of a Lesser God"); Barbra Streisand ("Prince of Tides"), Jane Campion ("The Piano"), Sofia Coppola ("Lost in Translation") and Valerie Faris (who was nominated along with Jonathan Dayton for "Little Miss Sunshine").

Tarantino is actually the only white American male nominated, as both Reitman and Cameron are Canadian. Bigelow and Cameron, meanwhile, are the first ever ex-spouses nominated together for this award.

The nominees, with their directorial teams, are listed below:

Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker
(Summit Entertainment)

Ms. Bigelow's Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Tony Mark
First Assistant Director: David Ticotin
First Assistant Director (Canadian Unit): Lee Cleary
This is Ms. Bigelow's first DGA Feature Film Award Nomination.

James Cameron, Avatar
(Twentieth Century Fox)

Mr. Cameron's Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Colin Wilson
First Assistant Director: Josh McLaglen
Second Assistant Director/Additional Unit First Assistant Director: Maria Battle Campbell
This is Mr. Cameron's second DGA Feature Film Award Nomination. He previously won the Feature Film Award for Titanic in 1997.

Lee Daniels, Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire

Mr. Daniels' Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Tony Hernandez
First Assistant Director: Chip Signore
Second Assistant Director: Tracey Hinds
Second Second Assistant Director: Michael "Boogie" Pinckney
Additional Unit Production Manager: Patrick D. Gibbons
Additional First Assistant Director: Tom Fatone
Additional Second Assistant Directors: Kim Thompson, Mirashyam Blakeslee
Location Manager: Gregory Routt
This is Mr. Daniels' first DGA Feature Film Award Nomination.

Jason Reitman, Up In The Air
(Paramount Pictures)

Mr. Reitman's Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Michael Beugg
First Assistant Director: Jason Blumenfeld
Second Assistant Director: Sonia Bhalla
Assistant Unit Production Manager: Samson Mucke
Second Second Assistant Director: Joseph Payton
Additional Second Assistant Director: Heather L. Hogan

This is Mr. Reitman's first DGA Feature Film Award Nomination.

Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds
(The Weinstein Company and Universal Pictures)

Mr. Tarantino's Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Gregor Wilson
Unit Production Manager (Germany): Michael Scheel
First Assistant Director: Carlos Fidel
Second Assistant Director: Miguel Angelo Pate
Second Second Assistant Directors: Jill Moriarty, Tanja Däberitz

This is Mr. Tarantino's second DGA Feature Film Award Nomination. He was previously nominated in this category for Pulp Fiction in 1994.

The DGA Award for Feature Film has traditionally had a a near perfect track record for the Best Director Academy Award. Only six times has the DGA Award winner not won the Academy Award; in 1968 (Carol Reed won the Oscar for directing "Oliver!"; Anthony Harvey won the DGA for "The Lion in Winter"); 1972 (Bob Fosse won the Oscar for directing "Cabaret"; Francis Ford Coppola won the DGA for "The Godfather"); 1985 (Sydney Pollack won the Oscar for directing "Out of Africa"; Steven Spielberg won the DGA for "The Color Purple," and was not even nominated for an Oscar); 1995 (Mel Gibson won for directing "Braveheart"; Ron Howard won the DGA for "Apollo 13," and was not even nominated for an Oscar); 2000 (Steven Soderbergh won the Oscar for directing "Traffic"; Ang Lee won the DGA for "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon"); and 2002 (Roman Polanski won the Oscar for directing "The Pianist"; Rob Marshall won the DGA for "Chicago").

1 Comment

  • jeanvigo | January 7, 2010 8:06 AMReply

    It will be a great moment when Kathryn Bigelow wins, because not only will she be the first woman to do so (and probably the Oscar, too), but she handed in the best directorial accomplishment of the year, fair and square.