DGA nominees are in! – WHAT A LOVELY DAY for ‘Mad Max’

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The DGA nominees are:

Alejandro G. Inarritu – The Revenant

Tom McCarthy – Spotlight

Adam McKay – The Big Short

George Miller – Mad Max: Fury Road

Ridley Scott – The Martian

It should be noted that only TWO films have been nominated at the 3 major guilds (PGA, SAG Ensemble, and DGA): The Big Short and Spotlight.  Hard not to call either of those a frontrunner at this point.  Notable “misses” are Golden Globe and BAFTA nominee Todd Haynes for Carol and BAFTA and BFCA nominee Steven Spielberg.  Back in the day, the DGA used to be our best barometer for the Best Picture 5.  Are we thinking Max Mad: Fury Road is more save in Best Picture than we thought?  Unfortunately for one of these DGA quintet, DGA usually misses at least one nominee, overlapped on average 4/5 in recent years.  Is Miller the one to fall out?  Could it be BAFTA snubbee McCarthy?  If you ask me, this is a 7 person race, with the DGA nominees staunchly in the driver’s seat.  Will someone drop out for Spielberg or Haynes?  Or are we in for a surprise inclusion of Straight Outta Compton‘s F. Gary Gray or Room‘s Lenny Abrahamson?  Tune in Thursday to find out.

Read the press release:

Los Angeles – Directors Guild of America President Paris Barclay today announced the five nominees for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2015.

“What makes this year different is the unbridled ambition of the five nominated films – in theme, in production, in visual imagination,” said Barclay. “What makes this year the same is that the films were all chosen by the directors’ peers, and it’s clear our members love when people use their vision and skill to push the media to new heights. Congratulations to all of the nominees for their incredible work.”

The nominees for OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN FEATURE FILM FOR 2015 are (in alphabetical order):

ALEJANDRO G. IÑÁRRITU

The Revenant

(20th Century Fox)

Mr. Iñárritu’s Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Managers: Drew Locke, James W. Skotchdopole, Doug Jones
  • First Assistant Director: Scott Robertson
  • Second Assistant Directors: Megan M. Shank, Matthew Haggerty, Jeremy Marks
  • Unit Production Manager: Gabriela Vazquez (Argentina, California, and Montana Unit)
  • First Assistant Director: Adam Somner (Argentina, California, and Montana Unit)
  • Second Assistant Directors: Trevor R. Tavares, Jasmine Marie Alhambra (Argentina, California, and Montana Unit)
  • Second Second Assistant Directors: Brett Robinson, Kasia Trojak (Argentina, California, and Montana Unit)

This is Mr. Iñárritu’s fourth DGA Award nomination. He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film in 2014 for Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance). He was also nominated in this category for Babel in 2006. He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Commercials for “Best Job” (Procter & Gamble) in 2012.

TOM MCCARTHY

Spotlight

(Open Road Films)

Mr. McCarthy’s Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Managers: D.J. Carson, Michael Bederman
  • First Assistant Director: Walter Gasparovic
  • Second Assistant Director: Penny Charter
  • Assistant Unit Production Manager: Danielle Blumstein (Boston Unit)
  • First Assistant Director: Christo Morse (Boston Unit)
  • Second Assistant Directors: Conte Matal, Kristina Mariko Peterson, Annie Tan, Andrea O’Connor (Boston Unit)
  • Second Second Assistant Directors: Phil Robinson, Mark Romanelli (Boston Unit)
  • Additional Second Assistant Director: Scooter Perrotta (Boston Unit)

This is Mr. McCarthy’s first DGA Feature Film Award nomination.

ADAM MCKAY

The Big Short

(Paramount Pictures)

Mr. McKay’s Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Manager: Louise Rosner
  • First Assistant Director: Matt Rebenkoff
  • Second Assistant Director: Amy Lauritsen
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Cali Pomés
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Josh Muzaffer (New York Unit)
  • Location Manager: Michael Kriaris

This is Mr. McKay’s first DGA Feature Film Award nomination.

GEORGE MILLER

Mad Max: Fury Road

(Warner Bros.)

Mr. Miller’s Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Manager: Dean Hood
  • First Assistant Director: PJ Voeten
  • Second Assistant Directors: Samantha Smith, Wendy Croad, Chris O’Hara
  • Second Assistant Directors: Eddie Thorne (Syndey Unit), Emma Jamvold (Syndey Unit)
  • Second Second Assistant Directors: Danielle Blake (Syndey Unit), Joshua Watkins (Syndey Unit)

This is Mr. Miller’s first DGA Feature Film Award nomination.

RIDLEY SCOTT

The Martian

(20th Century Fox)

Mr. Scott’s Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Managers: Francesca Cingolani, Miklós Tóth
  • First Assistant Director: Raymond Kirk
  • Second Assistant Directors: Sarah Hood, Bogi Móricz
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Nick Thomas

This is Mr. Scott’s fourth DGA Award nomination. He was nominated in this category in 1991 for Thelma and Louise, in 2000 for Gladiator, and in 2001 for Black Hawk Down.

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A new DGA Award category recognizing emerging talent in feature film

In addition, Mr. Barclay also announced the five nominees for a new category recognizing the achievement of first-time feature film directors. First announced by Steven Spielberg at last year’s DGA Awards, the Outstanding Directorial Achievement of a First-Time Feature Film Director is a new DGA Award that was created to showcase the feature film talent of the future.

“There’s a first time for every feature filmmaker, but not every first time offers fresh viewpoints in storytelling that are imperative in this industry,” said Barclay. “The first-time feature directors we’re recognizing with this inaugural award we hope will develop successful and lengthy careers. We are excited and invigorated by all they have to offer.”

The nominees for OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT OF A FIRST-TIME FEATURE FILM DIRECTOR FOR 2015 are (in alphabetical order):

FERNANDO COIMBRA

A Wolf at the Door

(Outsider Pictures)

Mr. Coimbra’s Directorial Team:

Unit Production Manager: Clara Machado

First Assistant Director: Suzy Milstein

Second Assistant Director: Raquel Toledo

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

JOEL EDGERTON

The Gift

(STX Entertainment)

Mr. Edgerton’s Directorial Team:

Unit Production Manager: Luc Etienne

First Assistant Director: Michael J. Moore

Second Assistant Director: Matt Haggerty

Second Second Assistant Director: Dillon Neaman

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

ALEX GARLAND

Ex Machina

(A24)

Mr. Garland’s Directorial Team:

Unit Production Manager: Sara Desmond

First Assistant Director: Nick Heckstall‑Smith

Second Assistant Director: Ray Kenny

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

MARIELLE HELLER

The Diary of a Teenage Girl

(Sony Pictures Classics)

Ms. Heller’s Directorial Team:

Unit Production Manager: Molly Salz

First Assistant Director: Brian Benson

Second Assistant Director: Jerremy Stewart

Second Second Assistant Director: Alex Gilbert

This is Ms. Heller’s first DGA Award nomination.

LÁSZLÓ NEMES

Son of Saul

(Sony Pictures Classics)

Mr. Nemes’s Directorial Team:

Unit Production Manager: Gábor Szántó

First Assistant Director: István Kolos

Second Assistant Directors: Zoltán Gyovai, Edina Galgócz

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

Eligible directors for this award must have released his or her first feature-length film theatrically in Los Angeles or New York in 2015.  Foreign films are eligible and the director does not need to be a DGA member.

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Winners will be announced at the 68th Annual DGA Awards on Saturday evening, February 6, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.  The DGA Awards will be hosted by actor Jane Lynch.

DGA nominations for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Television, Commercials, and Documentaries will be announced on Wednesday, January 13, 2016.

BMW is the Exclusive Automotive Sponsor of the 68th Annual DGA Awards.

To download a press credential application, please visit the Awards section of the DGA website at www.dga.org.