Wednesday, January 8, 2014

2014 DGA Award Nominations: Cuaron, Greengrass, McQueen, Russell, Scorsese

by Amos Semien

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 Directors Guild of America President announced the five nominees for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2013 (also known as the 2014 DGA Awards) on Tuesday, January 07, 2014.

Alfonso Cuarón, Steve McQueen and David O. Russell were the expected nominations.  From what I’ve read, people who follow film awards did not expect Paul Greengrass and Martin Scorsese to receive nominations, or at least not as much as they expected others such as brothers Joel and Ethan Coen (Inside Llewyn Davis), Alexander Payne (Nebraska) and Spike Jonze (Her).

Historically the DGA Awards are a good predictor of five directors who will receive Oscar nominations.  However, last year, only two of DGA Award nominees received Oscar nominations, and the eventual best director Oscar winner, Ben Affleck, was not one of the two.

In the next week, nominees in the television, commercials, and documentary categories will be announced.  The winners, including in the feature film category, will be named at the 66th Annual DGA Awards Dinner on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.

66th Annual DGA Awards Full list of nominations below (with their teams and historical notes from the DGA):

(Warner Bros. Pictures)

Mr. Cuarón’s Directorial Team:
•         Unit Production Manager: David Siegel (Arizona Unit)
•         First Assistant Directors: Josh Robertson, Stephen Hagen (Arizona Unit)
•         Second Assistant Director: Ben Howard

This is Mr. Cuarón’s first DGA Award nomination.

Captain Phillips
(Columbia Pictures)

Mr. Greengrass’s Directorial Team:
•         Unit Production Managers: Todd Lewis, Gregory Goodman
•         First Assistant Director: Chris Carreras
•         Second Assistant Directors: Nick Shuttleworth, Mark S. Constance

This is Mr. Greengrass’s first DGA Award nomination.

12 Years A Slave
(Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Mr. McQueen’s Directorial Team:
•         Unit Production Manager: Anthony Katagas
•         First Assistant Director: Doug Torres
•         Second Assistant Director: James Roque Jr.
•         Second Second Assistant Director: Sherman Shelton Jr.
•         Additional Second Assistant Director: Nathan Parker

This is Mr. McQueen’s first DGA Award nomination.

American Hustle
(Columbia Pictures)

Mr. Russell’s Directorial Team:
•         Unit Production Managers: Shea Kammer, Mark Kamine
•         First Assistant Director: Michele ‘Shelley’ Ziegler
•         Second Assistant Director: Xanthus Valan
•         Second Second Assistant Director: Jason Fesel
•         Location Managers: David Velasco, Guy Efrat (New York Unit)

This is Mr. Russell’s second DGA Award nomination.  He was previously nominated in this category for The Fighter in 2010.

The Wolf of Wall Street
(Paramount Pictures)

Mr. Scorsese’s Directorial Team:
•         Unit Production Manager: Richard Baratta
•         First Assistant Director: Adam Somner
•         Second Assistant Director: Francisco Oritz
•         Second Second Assistant Director: Jeremy Marks
•         Additional Second Assistant Director: Scott Koche
•         Location Manager: Nils Widboom

This is Mr. Scorsese’s eleventh DGA Award nomination.  He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film in 2006 for The Departed, and has also been nominated in that category for Taxi Driver (1976), Raging Bull (1980), Goodfellas (1990), The Age of Innocence (1993), Gangs of New York (2002), The Aviator (2004) and Hugo (2011).

Mr. Scorsese also won the DGA Award in 2010 for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Television for Boardwalk Empire and he was nominated for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary for George Harrison: Living in the Material World in 2011.  In 1999, Mr. Scorsese was presented with the Filmmaker Award at the inaugural DGA Honors Gala, and he was honored with the DGA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003.


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