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Directors Guild Documentary Nominations Add Last Train Home to Usual Suspects

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood January 12, 2011 at 6:14AM

The nominees for the Directors Guild of America Award for documentary for 2010 are here and below.
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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):

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

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

Inside Job
Representational Pictures
Sony Pictures Classics

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

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.

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.

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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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.