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The Directors Guild of America -- which almost always agrees with the Oscars, on the winner at least -- has announced its nominees:

  • Ben Affleck, Argo
  • Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty
  • Tom Hooper, Les Miserables
  • Ang Lee, Life of Pi
  • Steven Spielberg, Lincoln

If memory serves, Affleck is the only nominee here who has never won an Oscar or DGA award before.

The winner will be announced February 2.

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  • Yes, the other four have all won DGA and Oscar awards - Bigelow for The Hurt Locker, Hooper for The King's Speech (also a DGA award for John Adams, I think), Lee for Brokeback Mountain (and a DGA-only for Crouching Tiger) and Spielberg for The Color Purple (DGA), Schindler's List and Saving Private Ryan.

I remain surprised that Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master is not figuring largely in the year-end awards.

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Pretty much what I expected, although I thought David O. Russell would get a nomination for Silver Linings Playbook, while Hooper or Li was ignored. I also would have picked him over both of them. While I knew it was a long shot, I was really hoping Wes Anderson would have been nominated for Moonrise Kingdom.

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And, wow. There are only two names that appear on both the DGA list and the Academy's list: Spielberg and Lee.

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And, wow. There are only two names that appear on both the DGA list and the Academy's list: Spielberg and Lee.

Yeah, this is easily the biggest surprise category. I figured Bigelow and Hooper were locks, and Affleck likely, too.

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Roger Friedman has a theory as to why the Oscars and the DGA are so out-of-alignment this year:

I think I know the answer. Maybe some Academy voters will respond.But it’s more than likely that lacking a list of Directors Guild nominees, many voters were at a loss. Usually the DGA nominees are announced before the Oscar ballots are due back. Oscar nominations for Best Director in the past have lined up with the DGA list. And it makes sense. That DGA list is useful for panicked voters.

But this year the Academy moved their deadline back to January 3 (and then the 4th) so they could trump the Golden Globe weekend. It worked. Everyone’s talking about the Oscars today. Golden Globes have faded. But an unintended result is the lack of a guide for Oscar voters.

The DGA nominated Bigelow and Hooper, along with Spielberg, Affleck and Lee. If their choices had been made available to the Academy, I think we’d have seen a different list today. So don’t think this is some referendum or that it means anything other than that. The voters were a little adrift. The result is a bunch of name directors–all of whom have had many accolades in the past– are wondering if their Best Pictures directed themselves.

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  • 4 weeks later...
The Directors Guild of America -- which almost always agrees with the Oscars, on the winner at least -- has announced its nominees:

And the winner is... Ben Affleck, who wasn't even *nominated* for an Oscar this year.

So we don't even need to find out who the Oscar winner will be this year to declare that this marks the seventh time that the DGA and the Oscar for Best Director have gone to different films, and the third time that the DGA went to someone who wasn't even nominated for the Oscar (the previous such DGA winners were Ron Howard for Apollo 13 and Steven Spielberg for The Color Purple).

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  • 4 weeks later...

Ang Lee

shoulda been Wes Anderson...but of those listed I would have been happy with David O' Russell, or Ang Lee...Life of Pi may have had its flaws, but it was a beautifully directed movie.

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