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Directors Guild Nominations 2014 Reveal the Five Oscar Frontrunners

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood January 7, 2014 at 1:20PM

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.
David O. Russell and Bradley Cooper on the set of "American Hustle"
David O. Russell and Bradley Cooper on the set of "American Hustle"


Paul Greengrass
Paul Greengrass


(Warner Bros. Pictures)


Mr. Cuarón’s Directorial Team:

·         Unit Production Manager: David Siegel (Arizona Unit)

·         First Assistant Directors: Josh Robertson, Stephen Hagen (Arizona Unit)

·         Second Assistant Director: Ben Howard


This is Mr. Cuarón’s first DGA Award nomination.




Captain Phillips

(Columbia Pictures)


Mr. Greengrass’s Directorial Team:

·         Unit Production Managers: Todd Lewis, Gregory Goodman

·         First Assistant Director: Chris Carreras

·         Second Assistant Directors: Nick Shuttleworth, Mark S. Constance


This is Mr. Greengrass’s first DGA Award nomination.




12 Years A Slave

(Fox Searchlight Pictures)


Mr. McQueen’s Directorial Team:

·         Unit Production Manager: Anthony Katagas

·         First Assistant Director: Doug Torres

·         Second Assistant Director: James Roque Jr.

·         Second Second Assistant Director: Sherman Shelton Jr.

·         Additional Second Assistant Director: Nathan Parker


This is Mr. McQueen’s first DGA Award nomination.




American Hustle

(Columbia Pictures)


Mr. Russell’s Directorial Team:

·         Unit Production Managers: Shea Kammer, Mark Kamine

·         First Assistant Director: Michele ‘Shelley’ Ziegler

·         Second Assistant Director: Xanthus Valan

·         Second Second Assistant Director: Jason Fesel

·         Location Managers: David Velasco, Guy Efrat (New York Unit)


This is Mr. Russell’s second DGA Award nomination.  He was previously nominated in this category for The Fighter in 2010.


The Wolf of Wall Street

(Paramount Pictures)


Mr. Scorsese’s Directorial Team:

·         Unit Production Manager: Richard Baratta

·         First Assistant Director: Adam Somner

·         Second Assistant Director: Francisco Oritz

·         Second Second Assistant Director: Jeremy Marks

·         Additional Second Assistant Director: Scott Koche

·         Location Manager: Nils Widboom

This is Mr. Scorsese’s eleventh DGA Award nomination.  He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film in 2006 for The Departed, and has also been nominated in that category for Taxi Driver (1976),Raging Bull (1980), Goodfellas (1990), The Age of Innocence (1993), Gangs of New York (2002), The Aviator (2004) and Hugo (2011). Mr. Scorsese also won the DGA Award in 2010 for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Television for Boardwalk Empire and he was nominated for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary for George Harrison: Living in the Material World in 2011.  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, Awards Season Roundup, Awards, Directors Guild, Directors Guild Awards, Alfonso Cuaron, Steve McQueen, David O. Russell, Paul Greengrass, Paul Greengrass, Martin Scorsese, Martin Scorsese

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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.