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Thursday, January 11, 2018

AWARDS SEASON 2018: THE DIRECTORS' GUILD OF AMERICA AWARDS
DGA Announces Its Finalists For Feature Film Directing



Greta Gerwig directing on the set of her film "Lady Bird", which she also wrote. 
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Thursday, January 11, 2018

This morning the Directors' Guild Of America announced its feature film director nominees for the 70th DGA Awards, shaping the race for Best Director ahead of the Academy's announcement of its nominees on January 23.

Greta Gerwig became one of the only women ever to be nominated for a DGA feature film directing award.  The previous woman in the category was Kathryn Bigelow.  Ms. Gerwig directed "Lady Bird", which won Best Picture comedy at the Golden Globes earlier this week.  Ms. Gerwig had not been nominated in the Globes best director category. 

The other nominees were male: Guillermo Del Toro ("The Shape Of Water"), Martin McDonagh ("Three Billboards"), Christopher Nolan ("Dunkirk") and Jordan Peele ("Get Out").  Mr. Peele became one of the few Black directors ever to be nominated in the feature film directing category.  Steve McQueen was a previous nominee. 

Mr. Peele was also nominated in the first-time feature film directors category.  Joining him were Aaron Sorkin ("Molly's Game"), Taylor Sheridan ("Wind River"), Geremy Jasper ("Patti Cake$") and William Oldroyd ("Lady Macbeth").

A notable absence from the main feature film directing category was Dee Rees for her direction of "Mudbound"

Paul Thomas Anderson also missed out for his direction of "Phantom Thread", as did Steven Spielberg for directing "The Post".

Each of the nominees in the main feature film-directing category were first-time nominees except for Mr. Nolan, who netted his fourth nomination this morning.

Mr. Del Toro won a Golden Globe this week for directing "The Shape Of Water".

Except for seven times in the history of the DGA the winner of its feature film directing award has also won the Best Director Oscar.  Similarly the Academy's Best Director nominees are often identical to the DGA nominees. 

The DGA Awards will be held on February 3 in Los Angeles at the Beverly Hilton.  Judd Apatow will be hosting.

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