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Peter T Chattaway

Oscars 2018: Best Director

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The Directors Guild award nominees:

Feature Film:

  • Guillermo Del Toro, The Shape of Water
  • Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird
  • Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk
  • Jordan Peele, Get Out

First-time Feature Film:

  • Geremy Jasper, Patti Cake$
  • William Oldroyd, Lady Macbeth
  • Jordan Peele, Get Out
  • Taylor Sheridan, Wind River
  • Aaron Sorkin, Molly's Game

I haven't fact-checked this yet, but a friend says this is the first time none of the nominees for the Feature Film award are white American men (of the two American nominees, one is black and one is female).

This is the third time the DGA has had a First-time Feature Film award, and the second time that one of the nominees in that category *also* got a regular Feature Film nomination. Last year, Lion's Garth Davis was nominated in both categories, and he won the First-time Feature Film award (while the regular Feature Film award went to La La Land's Damien Chazelle). Will the same pattern hold true for Jordan Peele? And if it does, would that affect his prospects of winning the Oscar for Best Director at all...?

The winners will be announced February 3.

Edited by Peter T Chattaway

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