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Ben Affleck Named Best Director At Directors Guild Awards

This means Affleck, who was not nominated for Best Director at the Academy Awards for his film Argo, has won the award at the Critic’s Choice, Golden Globes and now the DGA. Pretty strange. I’m not sure the last time something like this has happened, but it sure is bizarre. The other nominees at this year’s DGA ceremony were  Kathryn Bigelow for Zero Dark Thirty and Tom Hooper for Les Miserables, also whom were not nominated at the Oscars, and Ang Lee for The Life of Pi and Steven Spielberg Lincoln. Spielberg is the frontrunner for the Oscar win, while Argo is currently the frontrunner for Best Picture. If it were up to me Michael Haneke and his film Amour would win all the awards, but I don’t get to vote.


Producers Guild, Directors Guild and Writers Guild Nominations

I guess I have been slacking in my updates. Here’s all the guild nominations. Argo, Lincoln, Life of Pi and Zero Dark Thirty show up on all three lists.


Producers Guild:

The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures:

  • “Argo” (Warner Bros.)
  • Producers: Ben Affleck, George Clooney, Grant Heslov
  • “Beasts of the Southern Wild” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
  • Producers: Michael Gottwald, Dan Janvey, Josh Penn
  • “Django Unchained” (The Weinstein Company)
  • Producers: Reginald Hudlin, Pilar Savone, Stacey Sher
  • “Les Misérables” (Universal Pictures)
  • Producers: Tim Bevan & Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward, Cameron Mackintosh
  • “Life of Pi” (Fox 2000 Pictures)
  • Producers: Ang Lee, Gil Netter, David Womark
  • “Lincoln” (Touchstone Pictures)
  • Producers:  Kathleen Kennedy, Steven Spielberg
  • “Moonrise Kingdom” (Focus Features)
  • Producers: Wes Anderson & Scott Rudin, Jeremy Dawson, Steven Rales
  • “Silver Linings Playbook” (The Weinstein Company)
  • Producers: Bruce Cohen, Donna Gigliotti, Jonathan Gordon
  • “Skyfall” ( Columbia Pictures)
  • Producers: Barbara Broccoli, Michael G. Wilson
  • “Zero Dark Thirty” ( Columbia Pictures)
  • Producers: Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal, Megan Ellison

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures:

  • “Brave” (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
  • Producer:  Katherine Sarafian
  • “Frankenweenie” (Walt Disney Pictures)
  • Producers:  Allison Abbate, Tim Burton
  • “ParaNorman” (Focus Features)
  • Producers:  Travis Knight, Arianne Sutner
  • “Rise of the Guardians” (Paramount Pictures)
  • Producers:  Nancy Bernstein, Christina Steinberg
  • “Wreck-It Ralph” (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
  • Producer:  Clark Spencer

Directors Guild:

  • Ben Affleck “Argo”
  • Kathryn Bigelow “Zero Dark Thirty”
  • Tom Hooper “Les Miserables”
  • Ang Lee “The Life of Pi”
  • Steven Spielberg “Lincoln”

Writers Guild:

Best Original Screenplay,

  • “Flight”,  John Gatins
  • “Looper”,Rian Johnson;
  • “The Master”, Paul Thomas Anderson
  • “Moonrise Kingdom”, Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola
  • “Zero Dark Thirty”,  Mark Boal

Best Adapted Screenplay: 

  • “Argo”,  Chris Terrio
  • “Life of Pi”, David Magee
  • “Lincoln”, Tony Kushner
  • “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”, Stephen Chbosky
  • “Silver Linings Playbook”, David O. Russell

Best Documentary Screenplay:

  • “The Central Park Five”,  Sarah Burns andDavid McMahon and Ken Burns
  • “The Invisible War”,  Kirby Dick
  • “Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God”, Alex Gibney
  • “Searching for Sugar Man”,  Malik Bendjelloul
  • “We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists”,  Brian Knappenberger
  • “West of Memphis”, Amy Berg & Billy McMillin

Michel Hazanavicius wins DGA

Which pretty much means The Artist will most likely win Best Picture come Oscar.

Tom Hooper Named Best Director By Directors Guild of America

This may pretty much mean The King’s Speech has the Oscar. We shall see.

Let’s Not Forget About Lee Daniels

With all this talk about Kathryn Bigelow being only the 4th woman to be nominated for Best Director and the first woman to win at the DGA, I think we’ve forgotten that Lee Daniels has been making history, too. I watched an interview with him today on KTLA, wherein he said he sobbed when he heard he was nominated for the DGA. Apparently, he is the first black man to be up for the honor. He’s also only the second black man to be nominated for Best Director (John Singleton was up for the honor for 1991’s Boyz n the Hood). He is also only the third black producer up for the Best Picture award (this year, there are two black nominees, the only previous nominee was Quincy Jones for The Color Purple in 1985) Also, this is the first time a film directed by a black man has been nominated for Best Picture.

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Bigelow Wins DGA

KATHRYN WON YOU GUYS. SHE WON. I am so happy about this. SO HAPPY.

So what does this mean for Oscar? Well, the winner of the DGA has gone on to win Best Director at the Academy Awards  58 of the last 60 years. This is one of the few precursors that tend to accurately predict how Oscar will go. 

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