A woman, an African-American, two Canadians, and Quentin Tarantino: Meet your 2009 DGA nominees.
Daniels is the first ever African-American nominee in this race (and would be the Academy’s second), while Bigelow is one of only seven women to have been nominated here (she would become the Academy’s fourth). 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.
It’s very likely, in my opinion, that Oscar will repeat this lineup. Though Daniels is definitely the weakest link.