2014 Awards Season: DGA Dips into Nominations
January 7th, 2014
The Directors Guild of America handed out their nominations for Feature Films today and will do the same for Documentaries next week. I have no idea why they do this, but it makes my job harder. Usually, I just wait till the Documentary nominations are announced, but this year I will do two stories. Next week will be mostly cut and paste job.
The categories and nominations are...
OUSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN FEATURE FILM
- Alfonso Cuaron for Gravity
- Paul Greengrass for Captain Phillips
- Steve McQueen for 12 Years a Slave
- David O. Russell for American Hustle
- Martin Scorsese for The Wolf of Wall Street
- Coming Soon.
- There are not many surprises here, as four of the five Best Feature Film nominees also picked up a Golden Globe nomination. The lone exception is Martin Scorsese, who picked up his eleventh DGA nomination. Eleventh.
- Steve McQueen picked up his first nomination, for 12 Years a Slave, and I think he's the favorite to win.
- Alfonso Cuaron and Paul Greengrass were also first time nominees. However, while I think Gravity deserves to win, I don't think it's the right genre for Awards Season. A period piece based on a real life person with an amazing story screams Awards Season, while anything Sci-fi related does not.
- Some snubs include Alexander Payne and Spike Jonze, both of whom I would have picked.
Filed under: Awards Season, Gravity, Captain Phillips, 12 Years a Slave, American Hustle, The Wolf of Wall Street