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The Global Film Village: DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film

By Marla Lewin

 

 

Directors Guild of America President Taylor Hackford announced the five nominees for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2009.

 

The nominees are (in alphabetical order):

Kathryn Bigelow The Hurt Locker (Summit Entertainment)

James Cameron Avatar (Twentieth Century Fox)

Lee Daniels Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire (Lionsgate)

Jason Reitman Up In The Air (Paramount Pictures)

Quentin Tarantino Inglourious Basterds (The Weinstein Company and Universal Pictures)

"The DGA Award is especially meaningful to directors because it is decided solely by their peers - the men and women who have been in the same trenches and know exactly what goes into the crafting of a unique motion picture," said Hackford.  "The five nominees for this year have each expressed an indelible vision that transported audiences to vivid vistas of cinematic art.  My heartiest congratulations to all of the nominees", said Taylor Hackford.

 

This is Ms. Bigelow, Mr. Reitman and Mr. Daniels' first DGA Feature Film Award Nomination. This is Mr. Tarantino's second  Nomination. He was previously nominated in this category for Pulp Fiction in 1994. This  is also Mr. Cameron's second nomination. He previously won the award for Titanic in 1997.

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.

 

Only six times since the DGA Awards began in 1948 has the Feature Film winner not gone on to win the corresponding Academy Award.

The six exceptions where:

1968: Anthony Harvey won the DGA Award for The Lion in Winter while Carol Reed took home the Oscar® for Oliver!

1972: Francis Ford Coppola received the DGA's nod for The Godfather while the Academy selected Bob Fosse for Cabaret.

1985: Steven Spielberg received his first DGA Award for The Color Purple while the Oscar® went to Sydney Pollack for Out of Africa.

1995: Ron Howard was chosen by the DGA for his direction of Apollo 13 while Academy voters selected Mel Gibson for Braveheart.

2000: Ang Lee won the DGA Award for his direction of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon while Steven Soderbergh won the Academy Award for Traffic.

2002: Rob Marshall won the DGA Award for Chicago while Roman Polanski received the Academy Award for The Pianist.

 

The winner will be named at the 62nd Annual DGA Awards Dinner on Saturday, January 30, 2010, at the Hyatt Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.

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About MarlaLewinGFV

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Marla is a producer, playwright, screenwriter, publicist and now a journalist. She attends 12 to 20 film festivals per year. She has spoken on filmmaking at many festivals including Cannes and SXSW.

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