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Ladies and gentlemen, meet your (likely) Best Director nominees at the Academy Awards, which will be announced next Thursday, Jan. 16.
It’s possible we’re getting ahead of ourselves. But the five nominees for the Directors Guild of America – announced this afternoon on the DGA’s official site – tend to line up with the five directors singled out by the Academy, and so this list should be what we hear next week. The DGA went with: Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity; Paul Greengrass, Captain Phillips; Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave; David O. Russell, American Hustle; and Martin Scorsese, The Wolf of Wall Street. Instead of talking at length about these men, let’s showcase some of their work:
With all due respect to the other four nominees, it would be a huge, cosmic joke if anyone other than Cuaron were to take home this prize – and every other trophy for directing – this year. Mind you, Gravity was my No. 1 movie of the year (and I’ve gone on record as finding two of the five movies nominated by the DGA as unwatchable). But these five directors will fend for the top prize. Winners will be announced during a Jan. 25 ceremony.
This also means that all five movies tied to the DGA-nominated directors have excellent shots at securing Best Picture nominations next week. That’s not a guarantee. As you probably remember, only two directors nominated by the DGA earned Oscar nods. And the DGA winner, Ben Affleck (for Argo), didn’t even get a Best Director nod… even though his film went on to win Best Picture.
Isn’t the annual awards chase ridiculous?