The Directors Guild of America has announced the nominations for its 64th annual awards ceremony, to be held on January 28th in Hollywood, California. The selection comprises an assortment of established veteran directors: Woody Allen for Midnight in Paris, David Fincher for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Michel Hazanavicius for The Artist, Alexander Payne for The Descendants, and Martin Scorsese for Hugo.
The list of nominees is rather unsurprising, mirroring almost exactly the picks of the Golden Globes, with the exception of David Fincher who swept George Clooney’s spot on the list (The Ides of March). The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo has been largely unrecognized in the awards race. The DGA’s favoring of Fincher thus adds an interesting new element to the mix.
The guild’s nominations are generally said to be an indicator for the Academy Awards as their respective choices show, historically, an enormous overlap. It will be interesting to see who will receive the honor this year. Hazanavicius’ and Scorsese’s films are considered as frontrunners but one should not prematurely rule out the dark horses in the race.