Directors Guild of America Announces 2009 Award Nominations
by Ethan Anderton
January 7, 2010
This week the Producers Guild announced their nominees for their 2009 awards, and now the Director's Guild of America (DGA) is following suit with their nominations for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film in the year 2009. Once again, with these new nominations we are given a good indicator of the Academy Award nominations soon to come for Best Director. Throughout history only six winners of the DGA Award have not gone on to win the Academy Award for Best Director that year. And with so much praise getting thrown around fairly evenly, it should be an interesting race this year. See who made the cut!
The nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film 2009:
» Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker
» James Cameron for Avatar
» Lee Daniels for Precious
» Jason Reitman for Up in the Air
» Quentin Tarantino for Inglourious Basterds
It's also interesting to note that three out of the five nominees this year are receiving their first nomination from the DGA (Bigelow, Daniels and Reitman). My personal favorite of the nominees, Jason Reitman, immediately spouted sincere thanks to his fellow peers from his Twitter page this morning:
"I can't even begin to explain how proud I am to be nominated by my fellow directors. I wanted to join the DGA ever since I saw the eagle clad membership card in my father's wallet as a kid. This morning's honor will stay with me for a long time. Thank you to the ADs, UPMs, and directors that make me so proud to be a member."
Well said. In addition to some new blood on the nomination table, some old blood didn't exactly make the cut and caught some people off guard. I'm speaking of Clint Eastwood who did not receive a somewhat critically expected nomination for his direction of Invictus. However, despite Daniels not exactly being a straight-up higher caliber director, I think Precious, played better as a film and his direction allowed for a more impactful film. On other hand, Invictus just didn't grab me in that inspirational way it was trying to and I found myself disconnected from the cause that Nelson Mandela used his country's pride to fight for.
As far as the other nominees go: Cameron's nomination was almost a guarantee after the blood, sweat and tears he poured into his groundbreaking 10 year cinematic endeavor, and it's rather nice to see Tarantino back on the board after a decent absence from the awards circuit. And, of course right, now it's anybody's game as there isn't really a clear favorite at this time in awards season. We will all be waiting on the edge of our seat to see who takes home the big prizes this year. Who's your choice for Best Director of 2009?