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January 10, 2011 4:50 AM
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Directors Guild Announces 2010 Award Nominees

"The Social Network" director David Fincher (second from left) with actors Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield and Justin Timberlake at the Walter Reade Theater this past September. [Photo by Peter Knegt]

The Directors Guild of America have announced the nominations for their 63rd annual awards. The lineup consisted of the expected four - "The Social Network"'s David Fincher, "Inception"'s Christopher Nolan, "Black Swan"'s Darren Aronofsky and "The King's Speech"'s Tom Hooper - with "The Fighter"'s David O. Russell taking the contested final slot over "True Grit"'s Joel and Ethan Coen, "Winter's Bone"'s Debra Granik, "The Town"'s Ben Affleck and "127 Hours"'s Danny Boyle, among others.

It is the first feature film nomination for Russell, Aronofsky and Hooper (though Hooper had been nominated for his TV work on "John Adams"), while Nolan and Fincher have each been nominated before (Nolan for both "Memento" and "The Dark Knight," Fincher for "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button").

The winner will be named at the 63rd Annual DGA Awards Dinner on Saturday, January 29, 2011, at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland. Only six times since the DGA Award began in 1949 has the winner not won the Academy Award; in 1968 (Anthony Harvey won the DGA for "The Lion in Winter," Carol Reed won the Oscar for directing Oliver!); 1972 (Francis Ford Coppola won the DGA for "The Godfather," Bob Fosse won the Oscar for directing "Cabaret"); 1985 (Steven Spielberg won the DGA for "The Color Purple," Sydney Pollack won the Oscar for directing "Out of Africa"); 1995 (Ron Howard won the DGA for "Apollo 13," Mel Gibson won the Oscar for directing "Braveheart"); 2000 (Ang Lee won the DGA for "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," Steven Soderbergh won the Oscar for directing "Traffic"); and 2002 (Rob Marshall won the DGA for "Chicago, Roman Polanski won the Oscar for directing "The Pianist").

The nominees, with their directorial teams, are listed below. Check out a full list of all the awards so far this year here.

Darren Aronofsky
Black Swan
(Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Mr. Aronofsky’s Directorial Team:
· Unit Production Manager: Jennifer Roth
· First Assistant Director: Joseph Reidy
· Second Assistant Director: Amy Lauritsen
· Second Second Assistant Director: Travis Rehwaldt
· Location Manager: Ronnie Kupferwasser

This is Mr. Aronofsky’s first DGA Feature Film Award Nomination.

David Fincher
The Social Network
(Columbia Pictures)

Mr. Fincher’s Directorial Team:
· Unit Production Manager: JoAnn Perritano
· First Assistant Director: Bob Wagner
· Second Assistant Director: Allen Kupetsky
· Second Second Assistant Director: Maileen Williams

This is Mr. Fincher’s second DGA Feature Film Award nomination. He was previously nominated for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button in 2008. He previously won the DGA Commercial Award for Speed Chain (Nike), Gamebreakers (Nikegridiron.com), and Beauty for Sale (Xelibri Phones) in 2003 and was nominated in that category again in 2008.

Tom Hooper
The King’s Speech
(The Weinstein Co.)

Mr. Hooper’s Directorial Team:
· Production Manager: Erica Bensly
· First Assistant Director: Martin Harrison
· Second Assistant Director: Chris Stoaling

This is Mr. Hooper’s first DGA Feature Film Award Nomination. He was previously nominated for the DGA Award for Movies for Television/Miniseries for John Adams in 2008.

Christopher Nolan
(Warner Bros. Pictures)

Mr. Nolan’s Directorial Team:
· Unit Production Manager: Jan Foster
· First Assistant Director: Nilo Otero
· Second Assistant Director: Brandon Lambdin
· Second Second Assistant Director: Greg Pawlik
· Additional Second Assistant Director: Lauren Pasternack

This is Mr. Nolan’s third DGA Feature Film Award nomination. He was previously nominated for The Dark Knight in 2008 and for Memento in 2001.

David O. Russell
The Fighter
(Paramount Pictures and The Weinstein Co.)

Mr. Russell’s Directorial Team:
· Unit Production Manager: Mark Kamine
· First Assistant Director: Michele Ziegler
· Second Assistant Director: Xanthus Valan
· Second Second Assistant Director: Timothy Blockburger

This is Mr. Russell’s first DGA Feature Film Award nomination.

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  • cath | January 11, 2011 3:30 AMReply

    IMO, very rarely are decisions made/awards given in the mainstream film industry on the basis of quality.

  • Rackon | January 11, 2011 12:58 AMReply

    Five men, really sorry Granik/Winter's Bone was not one of the five. Could have totally done without either Inception or The Fighter on there, not up to Bone OR True Grit IMO.

  • mary | January 10, 2011 9:57 AMReply

    Five men?