Sunday, January 29, 2012

Directors Guild Chooses Michel Hazanavicius of "The Artist"

The Directors Guild of America (DGA) is the entertainment labor union that represents film and television directors. The DGA gives out the Directors Guild of America Award each year to honor outstanding achievement.

The winner of the DGA Award for “Feature Film” usually wins the best director Oscar. As of last year, only six DGA winners in the “Feature Film” category have not also won the best director Oscar. The last time this happened was for the year 2002. Rob Marshall was the DGA choice for Chicago. The Oscar went to Roman Polanski for The Pianist.

The winners of the Directors Guild of America Outstanding Directorial Achievement Awards for 2011 (as wellas the recipients of the Guild's 2012 Career Achievement Awards) were announced Saturday night (Jan. 28th). Michel Hazanavicius won the DGA's Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for The Artist, which seems to be the latest step the film is taking on its way to Oscar glory.

The 64th Annual DGA Awards Dinner was held at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Los Angeles.  There were many other categories, but I'm only concerned with the winners in the two film categories.

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film:
The Artist
(The Weinstein Company)

Mr. Hazanavicius’ Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Antoine De Cazotte
Production Manager (FR): Ségoléne Fleury
First Assistant Director (FR): James Canal
First Assistant Director (US): David Cluck
Second Assistant Directo (US): Dave Paige
Second Second Assistant Directors: Karla Strum, Ricky Robinson

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary
Project Nim
Red Box Films, Passion Pictures, HBO Documentary Films, Roadside Attractions, BBC Films, UK Film Council

This was Mr. Marsh’s second DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in this category for Man on Wire in 2008.

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