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
This is Mr. Fan’s first DGA Award nomination.
Sony Pictures Classics
This is Mr. Ferguson’s first DGA Award nomination.
Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer
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
Mr. Guggenheim’s Directorial Team:
· Unit Production Manager: Shari Tavey
This is Mr. Guggenheim’s first DGA Award nomination.
TIM HETHERINGTON AND SEBASTIAN JUNGER
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.