DGA Awards 2012 Nominations for Affleck, Bigelow, Hooper & Lee
As we continue into the awards season in early 2013, more guilds are announcing their nominees/awards for 2012. Next up is the Directors Guild of America, one of the heavy weights and usually strong indicators of what's to come at the Oscars. The DGA announced nominees for the Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film 2012, and it's directors that I would say we pretty much expected. This guild chooses five nominees every year in the feature category (documentary comes a bit later). The winner will be named at the 65th Annual DGA Awards Dinner on February 2nd, 2013 in just a few weeks. Read on for the full list.
The nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film 2012 (alphabetically):
› Ben Affleck for Argo
› Kathryn Bigelow for Zero Dark Thirty
› Tom Hooper for Les Misérables
› Ang Lee for Life of Pi
› Steven Spielberg for Lincoln
"DGA members have chosen an incredibly rich and varied group of filmmakers to nominate for this year's Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film Award. These directors represent the highest standard of filmmaking, and their films are a testament to artistic achievement, innovative storytelling and the passion that filmmakers share with their audiences," said DGA Pres. Taylor Hackford. "Being nominated by their peers is what makes this award particularly meaningful for directors, and I congratulate all of the nominees for their outstanding work." This is Ben Affleck's first DGA nomination. For more, visit DGA.org.
Last year's set of DGA nominees were yet another interesting group: Woody Allen, David Fincher, Michel Hazanavicius, Alexander Payne and Martin Scorsese. Of course, The Artist director Michel Hazanavicius went on to win, along with Project Nim's James Marsh for documentary, which was repeated at the Oscars (not the doc though). This is pretty much the line-up of five directors I expected to see, not many surprises, and I'm not really going to make a big deal about Tarantino or O. Russell or the Wachowskis being excluded.