The Directors Guild of America has announced the directors for 2014 that it thinks did the best job, and man did they make some interesting choices. While Wes Anderson (Grand Budapest Hotel), Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Birdman) and Richard Linklater (Boyhood) all make some sort of sense Clint Eastwood and Morten Tyldum are head scratchers given the rest of films out this year.
The biggest snub has to be Selma director Ava DuVernay, who delivered one of the most powerful films of the year. We’re not saying Eastwood having clout and being an old, white male was a deciding factor, but Selma is definitely a better film than American Sniper. With directors making up 6% of the Academy voting this could portend some upset nominations coming in for Oscars.[via Variety]
The Grand Budapest Hotel
(Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Mr. Anderson’s Directorial Team:
(Warner Bros. Pictures)
Mr. Eastwood’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Tim Moore
First Assistant Director: David M. Bernstein
Second Assistant Director: Paula Case
Second Second Assistant Director: Clark Credle
First Assistant Director (Morocco Unit): Ahmed Hatimi
Second Assistant Director (Morocco Unit): Yann Mari Faget
Second Second Assistant Directors (Morocco Unit): Andrew Madden, Khalil Zghayou
This is Mr. Eastwood’s fourth DGA Award nomination, all in this category. He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for Million Dollar Baby in 2004 and for Unforgiven in 1992. He was also nominated in this same category for Mystic River in 2003. Mr. Eastwood was honored with the DGA Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film in 2006.
ALEJANDRO G. IÑÁRRITU
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
(Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Mr. Iñárritu’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Managers: James W. Skotchdopole, Robert Graf
First Assistant Director: Peter Kohn
Second Assistant Director: Amy Lauritsen
Second Second Assistant Director: Catherine Feeny
Location Manager: Joaquin Prange
This is Mr. Iñárritu’s third DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in this category for Babel in 2006. He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Commercials for “Best Job” (Proctor and Gamble) in 2012.
Mr. Linklater’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Cathleen Sutherland
First Assistant Director: Vince Palmo Jr.
Second Assistant Directors: Susana Jasso, Kathleen Tull
Second Second Assistant Directors: Mary Beth Chambers, Brian Franklin
This is Mr. Linklater’s first DGA Award nomination.
The Imitation Game
(The Weinstein Company)
Mr. Tyldum’s Directorial Team:
Production Manager: Suzie Shearer
First Assistant Director: Phil Booth
Second Assistant Director: James Manning
This is Mr. Tyldum’s first DGA Award nomination.