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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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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.


  • 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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