2009 Directors Guild Awards Nominees Announced
by Alex Billington
January 8, 2009
The Directors Guild of America has announced the five nominees for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2008. Given we also saw the Writers Guild Awards and Cinematographers Society Awards nominees this week already, let's just jump right into it. The nominees are: Christopher Nolan for The Dark Knight, Danny Boyle for Slumdog Millionaire, David Fincher for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Ron Howard for Frost/Nixon and Gus Van Sant for Milk. These are the exact same nominees as the Producers Guild, which means these five are surefire Oscar noms.
Argue as you must, but this pretty much confirms that The Dark Knight will be a strong Oscar contender. And if I may be so bold, I think this is an indication that it is at least going to get a Best Picture nomination and potentially a win. Who knows how the Academy ended up voting and whether they decided to go with the more obvious Benjamin Button instead, although I've got a feeling that The Dark Knight could finally be the first comic book movie to win Best Picture. It obviously has the industry support it needs. So I'll say that it's now my prediction that either Slumdog Millionaire or The Dark Knight will win Best Picture.