Of all the Guild awards that come out every year the Directors Guild Awards usually guide the way most accurately to some Oscars. They honor the best director for feature narratives in the year and only 6 times since 1948 has their decision not gone on to win the Best Director Oscar also (the most recent being Roman Polanski’s win for The Pianist over Rob Marshall for Chicago in 2003). So this year’s nominations should be looked at extra carefully. The nominees are…
64th Annual DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2011:
Midnight In Paris – Woody Allen
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo – David Fincher
The Artist – Michael Hazanavicius
The Descendents – Alexander Payne
Hugo – Martin Scorsese
This provides some interesting info for the future. The Tree of Life has now been shut out of all of the Guild Nominatinos, making it harder for it to get any major nominations at this point. Michael Hazanavicus is the only newcomer here, everyone else receiving noms for their previous works. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo has also now gotten love from all of the 4 guilds, making it a surefire Oscar contender. And Steven Spielberg’s War Horse didn’t receive a nomination, making its climb for any Oscar love looking much harder.
The DGA will hand out its award on January 28, 2012.