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DGA Awards Name Grammer as Host, Film Nominees Announced January 9; Who Will Make the Cut?

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood December 19, 2011 at 3:00PM

For the first time, actor-director Kelsey Grammer will host the 64th Annual DGA Awards on Saturday, January 28, 2012 at Hollywood & Highland in Los Angeles. While the DGA and Oscar nominees do not always match up exactly, the DGA film winner is almost always the Oscar winner. The two have not synced up only six times since 1948.
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Kelsey Grammer
Kelsey Grammer

For the first time, actor-director Kelsey Grammer will host the 64th Annual DGA Awards on Saturday, January 28, 2012 at Hollywood & Highland in Los Angeles. While the DGA and Oscar nominees do not always match up exactly, the DGA film winner is almost always the Oscar winner. The two have not synced up only six times since 1948.
 
Thus Hollywood is eagerly awaiting news of the five Feature Film nominees, which the DGA will announce on Monday, January 9, 2012. The Television and Commercials nominees follow on January 10, and the Documentary nominees on January 12.

I can call four DGA slots right now: Michel Hazanavicius ("The Artist"), Alexander Payne ("The Descendants"), Martin Scorsese ("Hugo") and Steven Spielberg ("War Horse"), with relative outsider Bennett Miller ("Moneyball") duking it out for the fifth spot with veteran Woody Allen ("Midnight in Paris"). On the tonier Academy side, Terrence Malick could take the fifth slot away from Allen or Miller.
 
"Boss" star Grammer is a DGA member who was nominated for a DGA Award for outstanding directing in a Comedy Series for the “Merry Christmas, Mrs. Moskowitz” episode of "Frasier."  He has directed some 40 episodes of Frasier, as well as many other TV series. 
 

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.