Chazelle, Davis, Jenkins, Lonergan & Villeneuve Land DGA Nominations

January 12, 2017

DGA Nominations - Denis Villeneuve

As we continue into the awards season in early 2017, more guilds are announcing their nominees/awards for the outstanding films of 2016. 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 2016, and they've chosen a very unique set of nominees this year. The biggest upset seems to be Garth Davis sneaking in a nomination for Lion, but I've seen Lion and it's a great film, though not one of my favorites. I'm very happy to see Dan Trachtenberg of 10 Cloverfield Lane getting a nomination, as well as Damien Chazelle, Denis Villeneuve & Barry Jenkins. Congrats to all! Full list below.

The nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film 2016 (alphabetically):

Damien Chazelle for La La Land
Garth Davis for Lion
Barry Jenkins for Moonlight
Kenneth Lonergan for Manchester by the Sea
Denis Villeneuve for Arrival

The nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement of a First-Time Feature Film Director for 2016 (alphabetically):

Garth Davis for Lion
Kelly Fremon Craig for The Edge of Seventeen
Tim Miller for Deadpool
Nate Parker for The Birth of a Nation
Dan Trachtenberg for 10 Cloverfield Lane

"These phenomenal filmmakers have captured our hearts and minds, breathing life into stories rarely told and revealing worlds rarely seen," said DGA President Paris Barclay. "What makes this recognition truly special is the knowledge that these five directors have made a lasting impression on their peers – directors and members of the director’s team who intimately understand the blood, sweat and tears necessary to create a feature film." All of the nominees this year have been nominated for their first time, including Garth Davis getting double noms. For more details/background on this year's set of nominees - visit

This is fantastic! So happy for everyone. No reason to be upset, these are very talented filmmakers and it's exciting to see them recognized. It's particularly exciting to see nine different filmmakers all getting their first DGA nomination. Year after year, so many of the nominees are the same, and this shows that there's some outstanding talent out there still on the rise. There's hope for the future of cinema! Some of my other favorite directors of 2016 films include: Matt Ross for Captain Fantastic, Mia Hansen-Løve for Things to Come, David Mackenzie for Hell or High Water, and Pablo Larraín for Jackie. The documentary director award nominations will be announced soon. The winners of DGA Awards will be announced February 4th.

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    I hope Barry Jenkins can pull it out.
    • Bo
      Well, David...the whole PC crowd and 'diversity' crowd are practically holding a gun to the head of the Academy so you might see your hope realized. I've not seen Jenkins' movie yet so I take it you believe he should win a Oscar for his direction? None of this Oscar, DGA stuff really matters, of course, which I hope you also realize. No?
      • DAVIDPD
        I beg to differ, Bo. I think the awards do matter. I mean, if they didn't then FS and the rest of media would not feel the need to cover them. They may not matter to the handful of boisterous opinionated people whose favorite films are looked over time and again, but they do matter, at least more than many are willing to give them credit (for). Bringing up, "diversity" and political correctness, in this situation, is actually quite offensive. Since you have not yet seen MOONLIGHT, I will not jump down your throat, but rest assured, that this is maybe the one movie that deserves to be recognized as "great". If Chazelle beats Jenkins, it would be a "crime". While LA LA LAND was an excellent film, it lacks the cultural importance of MOONLIGHT. LA LA LAND was like an amazing bite of artisinal ice cream. Smooth, terribly inoffensive, and had an aftertaste of the finest Tahitian Vanilla. MOONLIGHT, on the other hand, was supremely thought provoking, complex, and visually striking to boot. Maybe this year was "so shit" that critics and audiences, just needed a film like LA LA LAND to make them feel happy again, but if it means passing over a film like MOONLIGHT...then, damn. // P.S. I really do not feel like getting into this subject further and now rereading my comment, I am compelled to state, that this is just my thoughts on the matter, and should you (obviously) disagree, I can see how awards could be perceived as meaningless and self-masturbatory towards the industry, and how they are really just superficial totems for execs.
        • Bo
          Thanks, I see your point and expected your reaction to be as it was. I will admit I was surprised at your last paragraph, pleasantly to be sure. Let me say this. I was talking to a buddy of mine's wife last night who is president of a huge production company which is part of a major studio and they have a movie in the race this year. She and my buddy attended the recent Golden Globes because they had a movie up for award there too. I asked her how she and her company felt about it all and the upcoming Oscars and her remark was, 'Well, you know Bo, the Oscars are just a big racket'...I laughed and told her that was well said and that was the end of it. Cynical? Perhaps. Truthful...for sure. Her movie is making a lot of money and an Oscar won't further boost it. The attention and self-congratulatory aspect of it she's not interested in. Your very last sentence of your P.S. says it all and I'm thrilled that you at least can see how they are what you stated them as. These award are pretty meaningless and are nothing but entertainment for the masses...thus why the media coverage for the pop culture at large. Cheers. Take care. P.S. As far as the boisterous and opinionated people you mention (now, now if the Oscars did not have meaning to them they would not be gripping about which films they thought should have won. Righto cheerio? Remember, the voting academy members number around 6000 and are of the majority old white guys so how meaningful can what they think be? I've known quite a few who don't even see most of the nominated movies and don't even vote...many let their kids and their kids friends vote. So you see? It's not what it appears to be. Sorry if that blemishes them for you, but there you are. Take care.
          • DAVIDPD
            Fair enough, I am sure time will make me feel similarly towards awards season, but until then I'll keep pushing my boulder up the hill.
          • Bo
   said, David...well said. Keep on pushing that boulder of yours up the hill and try not to let it roll backwards over Let me add, it's been a pleasure and I'm not being cynical here. You love the movies and love to express your feelings about them. Nothing wrong with that. It can indeed be challenging when others disagree, but that's life and you seem able to maintain respect and dignity while getting a bit frustrated....but hell, I admire that. Not so much the frustration, but the maintaining dignity and respect as not many are capable of doing that..especially on the internet. Later gator.
          • DAVIDPD
            I am a passionate, but understanding man. // Peace, my good man.
          • Bo
            Yes, you appear to be both....and thank you...peace to you too.




Alex's Top 10 - 2016
1. La La Land
2. Paterson
3. Arrival
4. Captain Fantastic
5. 20th Cent. Women
6. Pete's Dragon
7. Jackie
8. Kubo & Two Strings
9. Everybody Wants
10. Wilderpeople
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Jeremy's Top 10 - 2016
1. Moonlight
2. The Handmaiden
3. High-Rise
4. Elle
5. Arrival
6. Kubo & Two Strings
7. 13th
8. Jackie
9. Toni Erdmann
10. The Witch
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