The five feature film nominees this year are Woody Allen for Midnight in Paris, David Fincher for The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Michel Hazanavicius for The Artist, Alexander Payne for The Descendants, and Martin Scorsese for Hugo. Fincher was a surprise inclusion, while omissions included Terrence Malick for The Tree of Life, and Steven Spielberg for both The Adventures of Tintin and War Horse.
Allen and Scorsese are previous DGA Award winners for feature film, Allen for Annie Hall and Scorsese for The Departed. They have also both received DGA Lifetime Achievement Awards. David Fincher is a previous DGA Award winner for commercials.
The nominees for television an commercials will be announced tomorrow. The documentary nominees will be announced on Thursday.
The 64th Annual DGA Awards Dinner will take place on Saturday, January 28, 2012 in the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Los Angeles. The evening will be hosted by Kelsey Grammer.
64th Annual DGA Awards Feature Film Nominees Announced
"The directors nominated this year for the Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film Award have each demonstrated an inspired command of the medium. The fact that their prodigious talents have been recognized by their peers is the highest honor a director can achieve," said Hackford. "I offer my most sincere congratulations to each of the nominees."
The winner will be named at the 64th Annual DGA Awards Dinner on Saturday, January 28, 2012, at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood and Highland.
The nominees are (in alphabetical order):
Midnight in Paris
(Sony Pictures Classics)
Mr. Allen’s Directorial Team:
· Unit Production Managers: Matthieu Rubin, Helen Robin
· First Assistant Director: Gil Kenny
· Second Assistant Director: Delphine Bertrand
This is Mr. Allen’s fifth DGA Feature Film Award nomination. He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for Annie Hall (1977), and was previously nominated in that category for Manhattan (1979), Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) and Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989). Mr. Allen was honored with the DGA Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996.
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
(Columbia Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures)
Mr. Fincher’s Directorial Team:
· Unit Production Manager: Daniel M. Stillman
· First Assistant Director: Bob Wagner
· Second Assistant Director: Allen Kupetsky
· Production Manager (Sweden Unit): Karolina Heimburg
· Second Assistant Directors (Sweden Unit): Hanna Nilsson, Pontus Klänge
· 2nd Second Assistant Director (Sweden Unit): Niklas Sjöström
· 2nd Second Assistant Director (U.S. Unit): Maileen Williams
· Unit Production Manager (Zurich Unit): Christos Dervenis
· Unit Production Manager (U.K. Unit): Lara Baldwin
· Second Assistant Director (U.K. Unit): Paul Taylor
This is Mr. Fincher’s third DGA Feature Film Award nomination. He was previously nominated in this category last year for The Social Network and 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.
(The Weinstein Company)
Mr. Hazanavicius’ Directorial Team:
· Unit Production Manager: Antoine De Cazotte
· Production Manager (FR): Ségoléne Fleury
· First Assistant Director (FR): James Canal
· First Assistant Director (US): David Cluck
· Second Assistant Director (US): Dave Paige
· Second Second Assistant Directors: Karla Strum, Ricky Robinson
This is Mr. Hazanavicius’ first DGA Feature Film Award nomination.
(Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Mr. Payne’s Directorial Team:
· Unit Production Manager: George Parra
· First Assistant Director: Richard L. Fox
· Second Assistant Director: Scott August
· Second Second Assistant Director: Amy Wilkins Bronson
This is Mr. Payne’s second DGA Feature Film Award nomination. He was previously nominated in that category for Sideways in 2004.
Mr. Scorsese’s Directorial Team:
· Unit Production Managers: Charles Newirth, Georgia Kacandes, Angus More Gordon
· First Assistant Director: Chris Surgent
· Second Assistant Director: Richard Graysmark
· Second Assistant Directors: Tom Brewster, Fraser Fennell-Ball
· Production Managers (Paris Unit): Michael Sharp, Gilles Castera
· First Assistant Director (Paris Unit): Ali Cherkaoui
This is Mr. Scorsese’s ninth DGA Award nomination. He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film in 2006 for The Departed, and was previously nominated in that category for Taxi Driver (1976), Raging Bull (1980), Goodfellas (1990), The Age of Innocence (1993), Gangs of New York (2002) and The Aviator (2004). Mr. Scorsese also won the DGA Award last year for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Television for Boardwalk Empire. 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.
The DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film has traditionally been one of the industry's most accurate barometers for who will win the Best Director Academy Award.
Only six times since the DGA Awards began in 1948 has the Feature Film winner not gone on to win the corresponding Academy Award.
The six exceptions are as follows:
- 1968: Anthony Harvey won the DGA Award for The Lion in Winter while Carol Reed took home the Oscar® for Oliver!
- 1972: Francis Ford Coppola received the DGA's nod for The Godfather while the Academy selected Bob Fosse for Cabaret.
- 1985: Steven Spielberg received his first DGA Award for The Color Purple while the Oscar® went to Sydney Pollack for Out of Africa.
- 1995: Ron Howard was chosen by the DGA for his direction of Apollo 13 while Academy voters selected Mel Gibson for Braveheart.
- 2000: Ang Lee won the DGA Award for his direction of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon while Steven Soderbergh won the Academy Award for Traffic.
- 2002: Rob Marshall won the DGA Award for Chicago while Roman Polanski received the Academy Award for The Pianist.
The winner in the Feature Film category will be announced at the 64th Annual DGA Awards dinner and ceremony on Saturday evening, January 28, 2012, at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland. The DGA Awards will be hosted by director/actor/producer Kelsey Grammer.