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DGA Nominees Include Surprise Fincher Nomination

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood January 9, 2012 at 1:08PM

The Directors Guild has announced the nominees for its 64th Annual DGA Awards, to be held on January 28. The DGA is a much larger and more populist voting group --14,000 strong--than the elite Oscar directors branch, which numbers around 400.
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David Fincher on the set of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"
David Fincher on the set of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"

The Directors Guild has announced the nominees for its 64th Annual DGA Awards, to be held on January 28. The DGA is a much larger and more populist voting group --14,000 strong--than the elite Oscar directors branch, which numbers around 400. While the DGA-winner does tend to match up with the Oscar-winner, the five nominees are not always the same. As expected, Oscar contenders Woody Allen ("Midnight in Paris"), Michel Hazanavicius ("The Artist"), Alexander Payne ("The Descendants") and Martin Scorsese ("Hugo") earned DGA nods. The huge surprise is the inclusion of David Fincher and "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," which continues to build strength in the awards race.

Left out, and continuing to show weakness is Steven Spielberg and "War Horse." Also omitted were relative outsiders Bennett Miller ("Moneyball"), Tate Taylor ("The Help") and Terrence Malick ("The Tree of Life").

WOODY ALLEN

Midnight in Paris

(Sony Pictures Classics)

Mr. Allen’s Directorial Team:

·         Unit Production Managers:  Matthieu Rubin, Helen Robin

·         First Assistant Director:  Gil Kenny

·         Second Assistant Director:  Delphine Bertrand

This is Mr. Allen’s fifth DGA Feature Film Award nomination.  He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for Annie Hall (1977), and was previously nominated in that category for Manhattan (1979), Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) and Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989).  Mr. Allen was honored with the DGA Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996.

DAVID FINCHER

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

(Columbia Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures)

Mr. Fincher’s Directorial Team:

·         Unit Production Manager:  Daniel M. Stillman

·         First Assistant Director:  Bob Wagner

·         Second Assistant Director:  Allen Kupetsky

·         Production Manager (Sweden Unit): Karolina Heimburg

·         Second Assistant Directors (Sweden Unit): Hanna Nilsson, Pontus Klänge

·         2nd Second Assistant Director (Sweden Unit): Niklas Sjöström

·         2nd Second Assistant Director (U.S. Unit):  Maileen Williams

·         Unit Production Manager (Zurich Unit): Christos Dervenis

·         Unit Production Manager (U.K. Unit): Lara Baldwin

·         Second Assistant Director (U.K. Unit): Paul Taylor

This is Mr. Fincher’s third DGA Feature Film Award nomination.  He was previously nominated in this category last year for The Social Network and for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button in 2008.  He previously won the DGA Commercial Award for Speed Chain (Nike), Gamebreakers (Nikegridiron.com), and Beauty for Sale (Xelibri Phones) in 2003 and was nominated in that category again in 2008.

MICHEL HAZANAVICIUS

The Artist

(The Weinstein Company)

Mr. Hazanavicius’ Directorial Team:

·         Unit Production Manager:  Antoine De Cazotte

·         Production Manager (FR): Ségoléne Fleury

·         First Assistant Director (FR): James Canal

·         First Assistant Director (US):  David Cluck

·         Second Assistant Director (US):  Dave Paige

·         Second Second Assistant Directors: Karla Strum, Ricky Robinson

This is Mr. Hazanavicius’ first DGA Feature Film Award nomination.

ALEXANDER PAYNE

The Descendants

(Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Mr. Payne’s Directorial Team:

·         Unit Production Manager:  George Parra

·         First Assistant Director:  Richard L. Fox

·         Second Assistant Director:  Scott August

·         Second Second Assistant Director:  Amy Wilkins Bronson

This is Mr. Payne’s second DGA Feature Film Award nomination.  He was previously nominated in that category for Sideways in 2004.

MARTIN SCORSESE

Hugo

(Paramount Pictures)

Mr. Scorsese’s Directorial Team:

·         Unit Production Managers:  Charles Newirth, Georgia Kacandes, Angus More Gordon

·         First Assistant Director:  Chris Surgent

·         Second Assistant Director:  Richard Graysmark

·         Second Assistant Directors:  Tom Brewster, Fraser Fennell-Ball

·         Production Managers (Paris Unit): Michael Sharp, Gilles Castera

·         First Assistant Director (Paris Unit): Ali Cherkaoui

This is Mr. Scorsese’s ninth DGA Award nomination.  He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film in 2006 for The Departed, andwas previously nominated in that category for Taxi Driver (1976), Raging Bull (1980), Goodfellas (1990), The Age of Innocence (1993), Gangs of New York (2002) and The Aviator (2004). Mr. Scorsese also won the DGA Award last year for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Television for Boardwalk Empire.  In 1999, Mr. Scorsese was presented with the Filmmaker Award at the inaugural DGA Honors Gala, and he was honored with the DGA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003.

This article is related to: Awards, Directors, Oscars, Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, Alexander Payne, Steven Spielberg


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