Eastwood, Iñárritu, Linklater & Anderson Land DGA Nominations
As we continue into the awards season in early 2015, more guilds are announcing their nominees/awards for the outstanding films of 2014. Next up is the Directors Guild of America, one of the heavy weights and usually strong indicators of what's to come. The DGA announced nominees for the Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film 2014, and it's a rather eclectic and odd list of selections this year, not at all what we were expecting yet also exactly what we were expecting. Except for Clint Eastwood. How the hell did he end up on here? The two biggest snubs are Ava DuVernay of Selma and David Fincher of Gone Girl, who should've taken the spots given to Tyldum and Eastwood instead. Oh well. Full list below.
The nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film 2014 (alphabetically):
› Wes Anderson for Grand Budapest Hotel
› Clint Eastwood for American Sniper
› Alejandro González Iñárritu for Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
› Richard Linklater for Boyhood
› Morten Tyldum for The Imitation Game
"In a year full of excellent films, DGA members have nominated a stellar group of passionate filmmakers," said DGA President Paris Barclay about the 2015 nominations. "Inspiring and artistic, these five directors made films that left an indelible impact not only on their fellow directors and members of the director’s team, but on audiences around the world. Congratulations to all of the nominees for their terrific work." Eastwood has been nominated four times, and Iñárritu three times before, but this is the first nomination for the other three filmmakers. For more details on this year's set of nominees visit DGA.org.
I'm much less satisfied with these nominations than in years past, especially since the DGA usually makes the right choice but now I'm a bit confused. Why would they pass up Ava DuVernay and David Fincher? The Imitation Game is a fine film with great performances, but the direction is not better than Gone Girl. I will, however, give a big congrats to Wes Anderson and Richard Linklater to scoring much-deserved noms for their two very unique films this year. Of course, I also love Birdman, and I'm happy to see at least Linklater, Iñárritu and Anderson getting DGA acclaim. Stay tuned to find out the winner and more awards updates.