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DGA Sets Documentary Film Nominations

By | Wednesday January 12, 2011 @ 10:09am PST
Mike Fleming

LOS ANGELES –Directors Guild of America President Taylor Hackford today announced the DGA’s nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentaries for the year 2010. “The best documentary filmmaking provides the audience with the rare opportunity of experiencing a life, a place or a situation that might otherwise be too remote or too unknown to ever discover on our own,” said Hackford. “The excellent work of our five nominees illuminates, educates and inspires us in extraordinary ways. My congratulations to each of our nominees.” The winners will be announced at the 63rd Annual DGA Awards Dinner on Saturday, January 29, 2011 at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Los Angeles.
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DOCUMENTARY – The nominees for the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary for 2010 are (in alphabetical order):

LIXIN FAN, Last Train Home
Eye Steel Film, ITVS, Canada Council for the Arts, Zeitgeist Films
This is Mr. Fan’s first DGA Award nomination.

CHARLES FERGUSON, Inside Job
Representational Pictures, Sony Pictures Classics
This is Mr. Ferguson’s first DGA Award nomination.

ALEX GIBNEY, Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer
ES Productions, Magnolia Pictures
This is Mr. Gibney’s second DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in this same category for Taxi to the Dark Side in 2007.

DAVIS GUGGENHEIM, Waiting for “Superman”
Public Education LLC, Paramount Vantage
Mr. Guggenheim’s Directorial Team:
· Unit Production Manager: Shari Tavey
This is Mr. Guggenheim’s first DGA Award nomination.

TIM HETHERINGTON AND SEBASTIAN JUNGER, Restrepo
Outpost Films, National Geographic Entertainment
This is the first

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DGA Awards Announces TV Nominations

(We inadvertently cut off the list. The full list has been restored now.)

LOS ANGELES – Directors Guild of America President Taylor Hackford today announced the DGA’s nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Television and Commercials for the year 2010.

“Whether it’s a 30-second commercial or a multi-part miniseries, television directors are crucial to the success of any television project.” said Hackford. “As the DGA celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, we salute the critical role of the director in TV and are proud to honor the tremendous range of excellence found in the projects nominated today. Congratulations to all of the nominees.”

The winners will be announced at the 63rd Annual DGA Awards Dinner on Saturday, January 29, 2011 at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Los Angeles.

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MOVIES FOR TELEVISION AND MINI-SERIES

The nominees for the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Mini-Series for 2010 are (in alphabetical order):

MICK JACKSON
Temple Grandin
(HBO)

Mr. Jackson’s Directorial Team:
· Unit Production Manager: Scott Ferguson
· First Assistant Director: Philip Hardage
· Second Assistant Director: Shawn Pipkin
· Second Second Assistant Director: Kayse Goodell and Richard E. Chapla Jr.
· Additional Second Second Assistant Director: Glen Moorman

This is Mr. Jackson’s fourth DGA Award nomination. He is a three-time winner of the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Mini-Series with Indictment: The McMartin Trial (1995), Tuesdays With Morrie (1999), and Live From Baghdad (2002).

BARRY LEVINSON
You Don’t Know Jack
(HBO)

Mr.

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HAMMOND: DGA Awards Nominees Analysis

Pete Hammond

Certainly with today’s announcement  of the all-important and often soothsaying Directors Guild nominations for feature film, there were no jaw-droppers on the list. David Fincher’s The Social Network, Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan, David O. Russell’s The Fighter, and Tom Hooper’s The King’s Speech have all figured prominently in every key guild contest so far, including SAG, WGA and PGA noms as well as leading nominations for Globes, Critics Choice Movie Awards and others. The fifth nominee, Christopher Nolan for Inception, has also seen his film included in all of these precursors except SAG where the ensemble cast and individual actors were blanked. In addition, all of these films are attracting significant critical and box office success. Since he’s won the lions share of precursor awards so far, The Social Network’s Fincher would seem to be the frontrunner coming into the stretch. But this race is ripe for a surprise. As a producer of one of today’s other nominated films emailed me after the announcement, “I like spoilers. It makes it a lot of fun.”

Unlike other groups, the DGA does not allow studios and distributors to send DVD screeners to their membership which means voters have to get out to screenings or see the films in theatres — a factor that doesn’t favor small indie or foreign movies which sometimes sneak on to the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences list. Since the entire DGA membership (which numbers over 13,000) votes, results are largely … Read More »

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