The Directors Guild of America has announced the five nominees for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentaries for 2013, with Sarah Polley ("Stories Well Tell"), Jehane Noujaim ("The Square") and Lucy Walker ("The Crash Reel") refreshingly making it a female majority. Zachary Heinzerling ("Cutie and the Boxer") and Joshua Oppenheimer ("The Act of Killing") joined them.
“The five documentary filmmakers nominated today have made powerful films exploring humanity in all its complications,” said DGA President Paris Barclay. “From intricate family portrayals to lives caught in political upheaval, these works are intimate, heartbreaking and triumphant. My congratulations to each of the nominees.”
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. The nominees are (in alphabetical order):
Cutie and the Boxer
Ex Lion Tamer
This is Mr. Heinzerling’s first DGA Award nomination.
Roast Beef Productions
This is Ms. Noujaim’s third DGA Award nomination. She won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary for Startup.com in 2001 (together with Chris Hegedus) and was also nominated in this category in 2004 for Control Room.
The Act of Killing
Final Cut for Real APS
Novaya Zemlya Ltd.
Spring Films Ltd.
This is Mr. Oppenheimer’s first DGA Award nomination.
Stories We Tell
The National Film Board of Canada
This is Ms. Polley’s first DGA Award nomination.
The Crash Reel
HBO Documentary Films
KP Rides Again, LLC
Tree Tree Tree Production
This is Ms. Walker’s first DGA Award nomination.