68th DGA Award Nominations

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Earlier today, the Directors Guild of America announced their five nominees best directing in 2015. For once, I actually nailed the picks, predicting all five. The nominees include:

  • Alejandro G. Iñárritu (The Revenant)
  • Tom McCarthy (Spotlight)
  • Adam McKay (The Big Short)
  • George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road)
  • Ridley Scott (The Martian)

Last year’s winner, Iñárritu, receives his third nomination (Babel, Birdman); Ridley Scott receives his fourth nomination (Thelma & Louise, Gladiator, Black Hawk Down); and McCarthy, McKay and Miller are receiving their first nominations from the DGA. I am sure most think Scott is the frontrunner and he might be (gold watch, legend that has not won, and all), but I have a feeling Iñárritu might be walking away with his second DGA victory in a row. Just a hunch, but with the Globe (knowing the Globe is not a barometer of the industry) and a really solid box office showing already, not to mention and outstanding, one-of-a-kind film, he really could steal the show again.

This is the way it is going right now within the industry, and I have to believe that Todd Haynes (Carol) or Steven Spielberg (Bridge of Spies) were the first one’s out. They probably were edged out by McCarthy and McKay because the other three are pretty much set in stone now and will receive Oscar nominations this Thursday. I at least think. When it comes to the Oscars, I am going with everyone above, but I am going to switch out McKay for Haynes, as there always seems to be a difference between the DGA and the Academy every year. It will be interesting to see what transpires and do not ever count out Spielberg. Him and Scorsese seem to always have a shot whenever they release a film.

Good stuff form the DGA and not really that surprising. Here is a list of the last three years, comparing the DGA and Academy nominations. To go even further, I do not think we will have a year like 2013 when Ben Affleck won for Argo, and was neck-and-neck with Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty), and both were shutout of the Oscars, as well as Tom Hooper. Wild year!! Crazy when that happened. Enjoy!!!

Last year, it went like this:

DGA

  • Alejandro G. Iñárritu (Birdman)  WINNER
  • Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
  • Richard Linklater (Boyhood)
  • Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game)
  • Clint Eastwood (American Sniper)

Academy AWards

  • Alejandro G. Iñárritu (Birdman)  WINNER
  • Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
  • Richard Linklater (Boyhood)
  • Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game)
  • Bennett Miller (Foxcatcher)

In 2014:

DGA

  • Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity)  WINNER
  • Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave)
  • David O. Russell (American Hustle)
  • Martin Scorsese (The Wolf of Wall Street)
  • Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips)

Academy Awards:

  • Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity)  WINNER
  • Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave)
  • David O. Russell (American Hustle)
  • Martin Scorsese (The Wolf of Wall Street)
  • Alexander Payne (Nebraska)

And 2013:

DGA

  • Ben Affleck (Argo)  WINNER
  • Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty)
  • Ang Lee (Life of Pi)
  • Steven Spielberg (Lincoln)
  • Tom Hooper (Les Misérables)

Academy Awards

  • Ang Lee (Life of Pi)  WINNER
  • Steven Spielberg (Lincoln)
  • Michael Haneke (Amour)
  • David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook)
  • Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild)

 

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