Thursday, January 10, 2013

Directors Guild, Oscars Vary Wildly on Film Selections

On Tuesday, the Directors Guild of America announced their selections for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film. This year, the DGA (often a bellwether for the Oscars) had just two nominees in common with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) nominations for Directing, which were announced this morning.  

Directors Guild of America Feature Film Nominations, Directors:
BEN AFFLECK for "Argo"
KATHRYN BIGELOW for "Zero Dark Thirty"
TOM HOOPER for "Les Miserables"
ANG LEE for "Life of Pi"
Full film credits, as well as television and commercial nominations, can be found HERE.

I'm a DGA member, and these were my selections as well, save for my choice of David O. Russell ("Silver Linings Playbook") over Tom Hooper.

The Academy selected the following:
"Amour" - Michael Haneke
"Beasts of the Southern Wild" - Benh Zeitlin
"Life of Pi" - Ang Lee (also DGA nominee)
"Lincoln" - Steven Spielberg (also DGA nonminee)
"Silver Linings Playbook" - David O. Russell
I don't recall a year where the AMPAS and DGA nominees were so different. Big possibility for different winners being named by the two groups this year!

Find all other Oscar nominees in all categories HERE.

As a DGA member, I get to see screenings of all films up "For Consideration," and this year, for the first time, Directors Guild members received DVD screeners as well.

I've seen all the films nominated in the Director category, and during this film awards season, I'll have a word or two to say about the actors, writers and other craft categories, too.

Check back often: the fun is just beginning.

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