Directors Guild of America nominations announced

We now have another piece of the puzzle folks. Just a few moments ago, the Directors Guild of America revealed their nominees. DGA doesn’t always match up with the Academy Awards lineup of Best Director, but it’s safe to assume that at least three or four of the honored individuals today will hear their names on Oscar nomination morning. DGA thankfully included plenty of diversity in their lineup this year, which also bode well for what AMPAS might do. Time will tell, but even a small step in the right direction is still very much a step in the right direction. DGA actually went with my currently predicted Oscar five. That would be Guillermo del Toro for The Shape of Water, Greta Gerwig for Lady Bird, Martin McDonagh for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Christopher Nolan for Dunkirk, and Jordan Peel for Get Out. Not surprisingly, Peele was also one of the nominees in the First Time category, including writers turned directors Taylor Sheridan for Wind River and Aaron Sorkin for Molly’s Game. The Academy could very well go with these five, though obviously watch out for the snubbed Steven Spielberg for The Post, since you can never count him out. This Guild favors del Toro or Nolan, winner wise, but that’s a discussion for later. For the moment, on to the nominations…Here now are the Directors Guild nominees in the theatrical categories: OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN FEATURE FILM FOR 2017 GUILLERMO del TORO “The Shape of Water” (Fox Searchlight Pictures) Mr. del Toro’s Directorial Team: Unit Production Manager: J. Miles Dale Production Manager: Dennis Chapman First Assistant Director: Pierre Henry Second Assistant Director: Tyler Delben This is Mr. del Toro’s first DGA Award nomination GRETA GERWIG “Lady Bird” (A24) Ms. Gerwig’s Directorial Team: Unit Production Managers: Lila Yacoub, Danielle Blumstein, Jamin O’Brien (New York Crew) First Assistant Directors: Jonas Spaccarotelli, Cedric Vara (New York Crew) Second Assistant Director: Brendan Lee, Dana Zolli (New York Crew) Second Second Assistant Directors: Lillian Awa, Teri Barber This is Ms. Gerwig’s first DGA Award nomination. MARTIN McDONAGH “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” (Fox Searchlight Pictures) Mr. McDonagh’s Directorial Team: Unit Production Manager: Bergen Swanson Assistant Unit Production Manager: Peggy Robinson First Assistant Director: Peter Kohn Second Assistant Director: Paula Case Second Second Assistant Director: Spencer Taylor This is Mr. McDonagh’s first DGA Award nomination. CHRISTOPHER NOLAN “Dunkirk” (Warner Bros.) Mr. Nolan’s Directorial Team: Unit Production Managers: David Witz, Christine Raspillere (France Unit), Chris Brock (UK Unit), Nicky Tüske (Netherlands Unit) First Assistant Directors: Nilo Otero, William Pruss (France Unit), Willem Quarles van Ufford (Netherlands Unit) Second Assistant Director: Eric Lasko, [...]

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