The Directors Guild of America announced the five nominees for for their annual Guild Awards and as you can see from the names below, there are no surprises as to who made the list. And while all the directors who were nominated this year are deserving, there are still some surprises as to who is not on the list.
Chief and most glaring among the omissions are the Coen Brothers for their film Inside Llewyn Davis. Although it has received some heavy critical acclaim, its lack of nomination here and at the Producers Guild Award suggest that the moody tale of a folk singer in 1960s Greenwich Village could very well be shut out of Academy Award consideration when the Oscar nominations are announced later on this month. Although there is a long history of the winner of the DGAs going on to take Oscar gold as well, there still is the chance that one of the nominees here might not make the jump to the potential Academy Award Best Director hopefuls. Last year, Kathryn Bigelow and Ben Affleck securing places onto the nominations list of the Directors Guild did not translate to similar spots on the Academy’s nominee list. If one of the five below don’t make it, perhaps that will open up a spot of the Coens.
The nominees for the Directors Guild Award for feature films –
- Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity)
- Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips)
- Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave)
- David O. Russell (American Hustle)
- Martin Scorsese for (Wolf of Wall Street)