DGA Sets Documentary Film Nominations

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 DGA Award nomination for Mr. Hetherington and Mr. Junger.

  1. Pretty shocking that the Pat Tillman Story didn’t get nominated. It was far better than two of those nominations which will remain nameless.

    1. I agree. But you have to realize that film told a bit ‘too much’ truth. The elite who control the media will do everything they can to filter it out of the zeitgeist.

  2. Totally agree with you nyguy. Tillman story was amazing and, sadly, overlooked by not only the voters but the public. What a shame!

  3. The real movie that got ripped off was MARWENCOL. Easily better than the three of the nominated movies I’ve seen.

  4. Was Tillman Story not eligible? Also, what about Waste Land? I’m curious if DGA has the similar eligibility requirements that the WGA has, where non-DGA members can’t be nominated?

  5. haven’t seen all of these, but surprised that THE TWO ESCOBARS was not nominated.
    definitely my favorite doc of the year.

  6. What about “Exit through the gift shop”? One of the best ones I’ve seen lately. Talks about art, life, fame and takes you on a journey you did’t expect.Remember the play “Art”? This is much better. why does it fly under the radar?

  7. I’m surprised “Restrepo” beat out “The Tillman Story.” I saw both at the theater. I wanted to like “Restrepo”, but it wasn’t nearing as moving or as good a story for me as “The Tillman Story.

    I would suggest reading Sebastian Junger’s “War” book before seeing his “Restrepo” to provide background for the film. And ditto for Mary Tillman’s “Boots on the Ground by Dusk” (paperback at blurb.com with preview) or Jon Krakauer’s “Where Men Win Glory” (updated paperback.

  8. Exit Through the Gift Shop is tricky because it’s really a mockumentary. Mockumentaries can be very well directed, of course, but should they compete against straight-up documentaries? (I really enjoyed it by the way, I’m just not surprised that it was excluded).

  9. I am thrilled to see Restrepo made it in. One of the most honest documentaries about what my husband and his brothers do when deployed. Our military community will keep their fingers crossed for this.

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