DGA Awards 2011 Nominees Include Fincher, Hazanavicius, Scorsese

January 9, 2012

Martin Scorsese - DGA

As we continue into the awards season in early 2012, more guilds are announcing their nominees/awards for 2011. We've already seen the Screen Actors Guild nominees and the Writers Guild nominees, so next up is the Directors Guild of America. The DGA has announced their nominees for the Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film 2011. This guild chooses five nominees every year in the feature category (documentary comes a bit later) which means it's a very short list. The winner will be named at the 64th Annual DGA Awards Dinner on Saturday, January 28th, 2012 in just a few weeks. Read on for the full list.

The nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film 2011 (alphabetically):

Woody Allen for Midnight in Paris
David Fincher for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Michel Hazanavicius for The Artist
Alexander Payne for The Descendants
Martin Scorsese for Hugo

"The directors nominated this year for the Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film Award have each demonstrated an inspired command of the medium. The fact that their prodigious talents have been recognized by their peers is the highest honor a director can achieve," said DGA Pres. Taylor Hackford. "I offer my most sincere congratulations to each of the nominees." The DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film has traditionally been one of the industry's most accurate barometers for who will win the Best Director Academy Award up next. Only six times since the DGA Awards began in 1948 has the Feature Film winner not gone on to win the corresponding Academy Award (each one listed here).

Last year's 2010 DGA nominees were one of the best round-ups of directors ever: Darren Aronofsky, David Fincher, Tom Hooper, Christopher Nolan and David O. Russell. The King's Speech director Tom Hooper ended up winning, along with Inside Job director Charles Ferguson on the documentary side of things. Give or take Alexander Payne (I was not a fan of The Descendants at all) I'm otherwise quite happy with this list. The DGA usually makes has picks and while I expect there to be plenty of complaints regarding Fincher making the cut this year, I'm mostly satisfied with these 2011 nominees, despite Payne. What about you?

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Great list. Agreed on all nominees.

DAVIDPD on Jan 9, 2012


I feel like Nicholas Winding Refn should be in the mix. 

Day on Jan 9, 2012


Awwww you're right, damn! Yes, he directed an OUTSTANDING film, you're right he deserves to be in there. Let's hope the Oscars maybe switch Refn for Fincher or Payne or something like that.

Alex Billington on Jan 9, 2012


I would have nominated George Clooney for The Ides of March instead of Alexander Payne, but that's just me... Nevertheless, solid picks.

Anonymous on Jan 9, 2012


While I still haven't seen the Artist or the Descendants, none of these directors have made my current top five list.  Would have really liked to have seen Malick and Refn in there, but that is merely a pipe dream.

Jordan Scott on Jan 9, 2012


How could they not include von Trier, Malick or Refn??? what a shame.

happy camper on Jan 9, 2012


Malick and Refn should have been nominated, I love Allen, love Payne, but Malick and Refn deserve it more, everybody else is well deserved hopefully the academy award nominations include Fincher Scorsese Malick Refn Michel Hazanavicius

RockySullivan1938 on Jan 9, 2012

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