The Directors Guild of America (DGA) announced the nominees for their 66th DGA Awards this afternoon.
The five lucky gentlemen (again no lady there) up for the prestigious award are:
for Captain Phillips
Steve McQueen for 12 Years A Slave
for American Hustle
All five nominees could probably have been expected. Alfonso Cuaron delivered a true directing tour-de-force with Gravity, while Paul Greengrass transformed what could have been a simple, thrilling hostage drama into a (thrilling) shocking commentary about third-world problems with Captain Phillips.
Steve McQueen made the first truly unrelenting movie about slavery with 12 Years a Slave. How could you not honor such a unique vision? David O. Russell's American Hustle drew mostly raves, is doing well at the box office and has the unbeatable Jennifer Lawrence factor.
The only perhaps a tad unexpected choice is Martin Scorsese, with The Wolf of Wall Street getting some flank for its perceived ambivalent stance towards its protagonist. Then again: it's Martin Scorsese. Who are we kidding!
On a personal note: where the hell are the Coen brothers for Inside Llewyn Davis?
The winner of the DGA award will be announced on January 25.
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