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Directors Guild Nominations 2014 Reveal the Five Oscar Frontrunners

by Anne Thompson
January 7, 2014 1:20 PM
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Alfonso Cuaron and Emmanuel Lubezki
Alfonso Cuaron and Emmanuel Lubezki

The Directors Guild of America's five nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Feature Film for 2013 make clear the top five contenders for the Oscar. Along with the SAG, PGA and WGA nominations, the DGA is usually a strong bellwether for where things are going. 

Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese

The DGA is a larger and more mainstream voting bloc than the more idiosyncratic Academy director's branch. Last year of course, there were unusually marked discrepancies between the DGA--whose winner usually collects the Oscar as well-- and the Academy director's branch, which omitted Ben Affleck and Kathryn Bigelow in favor of indies Michael Haneke and Benh Zeitlin.

Thus Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron of "Gravity," British directors Paul Greengrass ("Captain Phillips") and Steve McQueen ("12 Years a Slave") join Americans David O. Russell ("American Hustle"), who was also nominated last year for "Silver Linings Playbook," and Martin Scorsese "The Wolf of Wall Street."

Steve McQueen
Steve McQueen

Left off the list are the Coen brothers, whose "Inside Llewyn Davis" was also skipped by SAG, WGA and PGA, as well as Woody Allen, John Lee Hancock, Spike Jonze, Alexander Payne and Jean-Marc Vallee, whose films "Blue Jasmine," "Saving Mr. Banks," "Her," 'Nebraska" and "Dallas Buyers Club" are nonetheless Best Picture Oscar contenders. Allen, Jonze and Payne, of that group, could well be honored by the Academy directors.

The winner will be named at the 66th Annual DGA Awards Dinner on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles. 

The five nominees for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Films in 2013 are:


  • Domenica | January 8, 2014 11:52 AMReply

    Spike Jonze did a masterful job and deserves to be on this list.

  • no | January 8, 2014 10:31 AMReply

    f you look at past DGA award nominations, theres always at least one director who doesn't make the cut for the Oscars. My bet is that the Oscars will replace Scorsese with Payne. Nebraska is a movie voters will like more than Wolf of Wall Street.

  • Postal Worker | January 8, 2014 8:46 AMReply

    Toss up between McQueen and Cuaron. McQueen might be able to "Kevin Costner" up a win with the libs (right place, right time), but my money goes to Cuaron for the win. Would love to see Marty get it, but voters don't like his high-fallutin, purist ways. Dave's a d**khead and Paul's too low key. Go, Cuaron!

  • JAB | January 7, 2014 6:35 PMReply

    It's about bloody time Paul Greengrass gets included in this prestigious group. He has been directing the most heart-pounding-with- a-heart-cinema in this century. "United 93" is the best movie since civilisation survived Y2K.

  • daniel hardy | January 7, 2014 6:25 PMReply

    Five great directors, all here with great work. hard to complain, though i'm sure some will.

  • steve barr | January 7, 2014 3:45 PMReply

    Way to go D.G.A. ignore the Coen brothers , Alexander Payne and Spike Jonze and nominate the usual suspects . Boring !

  • anthony | January 7, 2014 4:44 PM

    except, the usual suspects actually deserve the nomination. are you really going to say that these five didn't deserve the nominations i mean yes there are other directors this year that should be nominated but these are the five that deserve it the most

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