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2014 Awards Season: DGA Dips into Nominations

January 7th, 2014

12 Years a Slave poster

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...



  • Coming Soon.
Notes and Reactions...

  • 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, The Wolf of Wall Street, Gravity, Captain Phillips, American Hustle, 12 Years a Slave, Alfonso Cuarón, Paul Greengrass, Spike Jonze, Alexander Payne, David O. Russell, Martin Scorsese, Steve Rodney McQueen