The Directors Guild of America’s five nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Feature Film for 2013 make clear the top five contenders for the Oscar. Along with the SAG, PGA and WGA nominations, the DGA is usually a strong bellwether for where things are going.
The DGA is a larger and more mainstream voting bloc than the more idiosyncratic Academy director’s branch. Last year of course, there were unusually marked discrepancies between the DGA–whose winner usually collects the Oscar as well– and the Academy director’s branch, which omitted Ben Affleck and Kathryn Bigelow in favor of indies Michael Haneke and Benh Zeitlin.
Thus Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron of “Gravity,” British directors Paul Greengrass (“Captain Phillips”) and Steve McQueen (“12 Years a Slave”) join Americans David O. Russell (“American Hustle”), who was also nominated last year for “Silver Linings Playbook,” and Martin Scorsese “The Wolf of Wall Street.”
Left off the list are the Coen brothers, whose “Inside Llewyn Davis” was also skipped by SAG, WGA and PGA, as well as Woody Allen, John Lee Hancock, Spike Jonze, Alexander Payne and Jean-Marc Vallee, whose films “Blue Jasmine,” “Saving Mr. Banks,” “Her,” ‘Nebraska” and “Dallas Buyers Club” are nonetheless Best Picture Oscar contenders. Allen, Jonze and Payne, of that group, could well be honored by the Academy directors.
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 five nominees for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Films in 2013 are:
(Warner Bros. Pictures)
Mr. Cuarón’s Directorial Team:
Production Manager: David Siegel (Arizona Unit)
Assistant Directors: Josh Robertson, Stephen Hagen (Arizona Unit)
Assistant Director: Ben Howard
This is Mr. Cuarón’s first DGA Award nomination.
Mr. Greengrass’s Directorial Team:
Production Managers: Todd Lewis, Gregory Goodman
Assistant Director: Chris Carreras
Assistant Directors: Nick Shuttleworth, Mark S. Constance
This is Mr. Greengrass’s first DGA Award nomination.
12 Years A Slave
(Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Mr. McQueen’s Directorial Team:
Production Manager: Anthony Katagas
Assistant Director: Doug Torres
Assistant Director: James Roque Jr.
Second Assistant Director: Sherman Shelton Jr.
Second Assistant Director: Nathan Parker
This is Mr. McQueen’s first DGA Award nomination.
DAVID O. RUSSELL
Mr. Russell’s Directorial Team:
Production Managers: Shea Kammer, Mark Kamine
Assistant Director: Michele ‘Shelley’ Ziegler
Assistant Director: Xanthus Valan
Second Assistant Director: Jason Fesel
Managers: David Velasco, Guy Efrat (New York Unit)
This is Mr. Russell’s second DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in this category
for The Fighter in 2010.
The Wolf of Wall Street
Mr. Scorsese’s Directorial Team:
Production Manager: Richard Baratta
Assistant Director: Adam Somner
Assistant Director: Francisco Oritz
Second Assistant Director: Jeremy Marks
Second Assistant Director: Scott Koche
· Location Manager:
This is Mr. Scorsese’s eleventh DGA Award nomination. He won the DGA Award for Outstanding
Directorial Achievement in Feature Film in 2006 for The Departed, and has also
been nominated in that category for Taxi Driver (1976),Raging Bull (1980),
Goodfellas (1990), The Age of Innocence (1993), Gangs of New York (2002), The
Aviator (2004) and Hugo (2011). Mr. Scorsese also won the DGA Award in 2010 for
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Television for Boardwalk Empire
and he was nominated for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary for
George Harrison: Living in the Material World in 2011. In 1999, Mr. Scorsese was presented with the
Filmmaker Award at the inaugural DGA Honors Gala, and he was honored with the
DGA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003.