BAFTA Watch - DGA Announces, Even Throws Up A Couple Of Surprises
The Directors Guild of America have tallied their eventual winner with the Best Director Oscar all but seven times since they started handing out gongs (or, in their case, decorative trays) way back in 1948. So getting that nom is an all-important indicator of what could happen next.
While the Mel Gibson redemption story probably ends here, we expected to see La La’s Damien Chazelle, Manchester’s Kenneth Lonergan and Moonlight Barry Jenkins here; Arrival’s Denis Villeneuve, however, is a joy to behold (and shows just how much of a player that film has become), but Lion’s Garth Davis was something of an outsider. Although not that much of an outsider as it transpires, as Davis was the only one to land two nominations – he’s also named in the Guild’s First Time Director award, a category that was only introduced last year and also found room for Deadpool’s Tim Miller, and – much to our delight – The Edge Of Seventeen’s Kelly Fremon Craig.
The big surprise was also to be found in this category – having been pegged as an awards season shoo-in all the way back at last January’s Sundance, Nate Parker’s personal life overshadowed his The Birth Of A Nation. The DGA appear to have separated the man from the movie however, and given him a nomination (possibly a contrarian move, as the film simply wasn’t all that good.)
With all five contenders up for the big award first-timers, the DGA announce their winners on Feb 4 – in plenty of time to influence those Oscar voters who haven’t filled in their slips yet.
As ever, full list of nominations below -
Best Director nominations:
DAMIEN CHAZELLE - La La Land
DENIS VILLENEUVE - Arrival
First-time Director Award Nominations:
GARTH DAVIS – Lion
KELLY FREMON CRAIG - The Edge of Seventeen
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