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.
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."
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: