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The Directors Guild of America Documentary Five Have Landed

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood January 13, 2014 at 1:32PM

The Directors Guild of America nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary for 2013 have landed. All of these films have been lauded on the festival and awards circuit.
'The Square'
'The Square'
Joshua Oppenheimer
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The Directors Guild of America nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary for 2013 have landed. All of these films have been lauded on the festival and awards circuit. The leading contenders for an Oscar nomination are Sarah Polley's "Stories We Tell," which won both the New York and Los Angeles Film Critics as well as a WGA nomination, Jehane Noujaim's "The Square," which took home the International Documentary Association's top prize, and Joshua Oppenheimer's "The Act of Killing," which scored the National Board of Review, the Gotham, the European Film Award and Cinema Eye Honors. 

Three women directors landed nominations, Polley, Noujaim and Lucy Walker ("The Crash Reel"). 

Lucy Walker
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Left off the DGA list are Morgan Neville's "20 Feet from Stardom," the year's top-grossing documentary feature, and WGA nominee "We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks" by Alex Gibney. 

“The five documentary filmmakers nominated today have made powerful films exploring humanity in all its complications,” said president Paris Barclay.  “From intricate family portrayals to lives caught in political upheaval, these works are intimate, heartbreaking and triumphant.”

The winner will be named at the 66th Annual DGA Awards Dinner on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.  

The nominees are (in alphabetical order):

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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.