Directors Guild Documentary Nominations Add Last Train Home to Usual Suspects

by Anne Thompson
January 12, 2011 6:14 AM
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The nominees for the Directors Guild of America Award for documentary for 2010 are here and below.

The Oscar frontrunners are DGA nominees Charles Ferguson (Inside Job), Alex Gibney (Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer), Davis Guggenheim (Waiting for Superman) and Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger (Restrepo). The surprise entry is Lixin Fan (Last Train Home), who did not make the Oscar short list of 15.

The DGA did not include, from that Oscar list, outsider Banksy's Exit Through the Gift Shop or Lucy Walker's Wasteland.

(in alphabetical order):

LIXIN FAN
Last Train Home
Eye Steel Film, ITVS, Canada
Council for the Arts
Zeitgeist Films

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


CHARLES FERGUSON
Inside Job
Representational Pictures
Sony Pictures Classics

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


ALEX GIBNEY
Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer
ES Productions
Magnolia Pictures

This is Mr. Gibney’s second DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in this same category for Taxi to the Dark Side in 2007.


DAVIS GUGGENHEIM
Waiting for “Superman”
Public Education LLC
Paramount Vantage

Mr. Guggenheim’s Directorial Team:
· Unit Production Manager: Shari Tavey

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


TIM HETHERINGTON AND SEBASTIAN JUNGER
Restrepo
Outpost Films
National Geographic Entertainment

This is the first DGA Award nomination for Mr. Hetherington and Mr. Junger.

The winners will be announced at the 63rd Annual DGA Awards Dinner on Saturday, January 29, 2011 at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Los Angeles, which will celebrate the organization's 75th anniversary. Past DGA award-winners and evening co-chairs Kathryn Bigelow, James Cameron, Francis Ford Coppola, Clint Eastwood, John Rich, Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg will make special presentations to showcase key moments in DGA history.

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3 Comments

  • Dixon Steele | January 12, 2011 9:29 AMReply

    Gee, maybe Elliot Spitzer should present, since he features prominently in two of the probable nominees.

  • Dixon Steele | January 12, 2011 9:29 AMReply

    Gee, maybe Elliot Spitzer should present, since he features prominently in two of the probable nominees.

  • XiMan | January 12, 2011 6:39 AMReply

    Anne, have you seen "Last Train Home"? Is it any good?

    I'm just confused as to how it got nominated. There are so many higher profile docs.

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