Directors Guild Nominees: Aronofsky, Fincher, Hooper, Nolan, Russell

The Directors Guild of America has nominated Black Swan helmer Darren Aronofsky, The Social Network‘s David Fincher, The King’s Speech‘s Tom Hooper, Inception‘s Christopher Nolan, and The Fighter‘s David O. Russell for top honors. That’s right, no Danny Boyle, no Debra Granik, no Clint Eastwood, no Sofia Coppola, no Martin Scorsese, no Lisa Cholodenko, and the real shocker, no Coen Brothers, etc. Fincher won one of four prizes in Saturday’s National Society of Film Critics Awards. Here is the official DGA announcement:

Los Angeles – Directors Guild of America President Taylor Hackford today announced the five nominees for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2010.
“2011 marks the 75th anniversary of the DGA, making the celebration of this year’s five nominees especially meaningful,” said Hackford. “Their inspired films radiate the passion and unique vision of each of these filmmakers, who are about to become part of our Guild’s rich history. My sincerest congratulations to all five nominees.”

The winner will be named at the 63rd Annual DGA Awards Dinner on Saturday, January 29, 2011, at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland. The nominees are (in alphabetical order):

Black Swan (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Mr. Aronofsky’s Directorial Team:
· Unit Production Manager: Jennifer Roth
· First Assistant Director: Joseph Reidy
· Second Assistant Director: Amy Lauritsen
· Second Second Assistant Director: Travis Rehwaldt
· Location Manager: Ronnie Kupferwasser
This is Mr. Aronofsky’s first DGA Feature Film Award Nomination.

The Social Network (Columbia Pictures)
Mr. Fincher’s Directorial Team:
· Unit Production Manager: JoAnn Perritano
· First Assistant Director: Bob Wagner
· Second Assistant Director: Allen Kupetsky
· Second Second Assistant Director: Maileen Williams
This is Mr. Fincher’s second DGA Feature Film Award nomination. He was previously nominated for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button in 2008. He previously won the DGA Commercial Award for Speed Chain (Nike), Gamebreakers (, and Beauty for Sale (Xelibri Phones) in 2003 and was nominated in that category again in 2008.

The King’s Speech (The Weinstein Co.)
Mr. Hooper’s Directorial Team:
· Production Manager: Erica Bensly
· First Assistant Director: Martin Harrison
· Second Assistant Director: Chris Stoaling
This is Mr. Hooper’s first DGA Feature Film Award Nomination. He was previously nominated for the DGA Award for Movies for Television/Miniseries for John Adams in 2008.

Inception (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Mr. Nolan’s Directorial Team:
· Unit Production Manager: Jan Foster
· First Assistant Director: Nilo Otero
· Second Assistant Director: Brandon Lambdin
· Second Second Assistant Director: Greg Pawlik
· Additional Second Assistant Director: Lauren Pasternack
This is Mr. Nolan’s third DGA Feature Film Award nomination. He was previously nominated for The Dark Knight in 2008 and for Memento in 2001.

The Fighter (Paramount Pictures and The Weinstein Co.)
Mr. Russell’s Directorial Team:
· Unit Production Manager: Mark Kamine
· First Assistant Director: Michele Ziegler
· Second Assistant Director: Xanthus Valan
· Second Second Assistant Director: Timothy Blockburger
This is Mr. Russell’s first DGA Feature Film Award nomination.

  1. Congratulations to Deadline for posting this before Hollywood Reporter and Variety. Another reason yet again to go to this site first for just about everything to do with “the biz.”

  2. Sorry but why would Sofia Coppola be nominated for that snoozefest called Somewhere? Debra Granik for sure.

  3. Love how Nolan became a 3 time DGA nominee, now all he needs is a nomination in the best director oscar category.

  4. These are without question the same five I would’ve gone with and expected, and the five best and most interestingly directed movies of the year.

    True Grit is a terrific Western but hardly an Oscar-quality film, especially when the Coen brothers are on record as saying that they wanted to make a more mainstream commercial film that was more faithful to the book than to their filmmaking bent.

    Of the rest, only Boyle would seem to have a shot at replacing one of these at the Oscars, but that film has not taken off like Slumdog did at this same time last year, and has not resonated as much as the other smaller indie-type films, like Swan and Fighter.

    And Sofia Coppola for Somewhere? Totally agree with esb, and by the way, she didn’t deserve the Oscar for Lost in Translation, either.

  5. Over the past 40 years. There have only been three times where DGA’s choices 100 percent match Oscar best directing nominations.
    I think Nolan will still be dimissed. We are talking about conservative voters in AMPAS and a whole bunch of actors. They might just replace Nolan with Lisa Cholodenko or Ben Afflect or Cohen Brothers. Just like they replaced Nolan with Stehphen Daldry in 2008 after TDK snatched PGA,WGA,DGA nominations.
    I am not sure Nolan is a such a lock for best directing or even best screenplay nod.

      1. So what? I voiced my opinion, I didn’t curse or anything. It is people like you who makes me want to hate Nolan and his fans.

  6. Finally saw “True Grit” Saturday. Good, but overrated. I can’t see displacing any of the films on this list for “Grit,” which I wouldn’t even put among my top 5 Coen Bros. movies.

  7. Probably Fincher’s to lose but Nolan is so well respected in the industry he could grab the DGA & Oscar statues. Boyle will have to wait for the Slumdog halo to fade. But Hooper is certainly a wild-card here.

  8. Take coppola off your surprised list. Somewhere was dreadful and dorff was playing for the camera the entire time. Vanity project that should never have seen the light of day.

  9. The DGA is still a boys’ club. At least two nominees on this list hate women. And Debra Granik and Lisa Choledenko, who made superior films with lower budgets, are both overlooked. Yay, progress!

  10. The consensus on all awards this year has been astounding. I’m not sure if it’s because the front-runners were all that great, or if it’s because 2010 was an otherwise lackluster year in film. I expect these 5 will carry on as nominees through to the Academy Awards. Nolan is probably the most likely to be replaced (by Boyle or Coens), but I have a feeling the Academy will want to finally recognize what a tremendous force he’s become.

  11. It’s absolute rubbish to dismiss the talents of the Coen Bros. for their work in TRUE GRIT. While not as “personal” as some of their other films, TRUE GRIT is brilliantly directed. The film oozes with personality and style and profound moments and imagery. The Coen’s working at 50% brain capacity have more style and integrity than 99% of the bozos working today. THE KINGS SPEECH ? A decent script, a good performance. It was anonymously directed. INCEPTION? Why does Christopher Nolan consistently get a free pass for making incoherent films ?

  12. 127 HOURS is going to go wide in a few weeks, so hopefully the film may finally catch on with audiences. An uplisting, life affirming movie that has been unfortunately hampered by a brief, one minute scene. Boyle has delivered the impossible as a director here, and sorry to see he’s been overlooked by the DGA.

  13. No Debra Granik… unbelievable.
    After seeing the film ( I rented it on Netflix ) I bought the movie, the book and the soundtrack. I don’t believe I’ve ever done that before. I like her work so much based on seeing WINTER’S BONE, that I rented her previous film, DOWN TO THE BONE, as well… then ordered two copies on Amazon. ( A keeper & a loaner. )
    What in the world was the DGA thinking?

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