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DGA Nominations for Feature Film: ‘Blindspotting,’ ‘Roma,’ ‘Blackkklansman’ Make the Cut

Following yesterday announcement in the documentary and television categories, the Directors Guild of America (DGA) has just revealed their feature film nominations celebrating the movies of 2018.

While most of the usual players that have dominated the season appeared among the nominees in the Feature Film race, the First-Time Feature Film category allowed for some surprises, such as the inclusion of Carlos López Estrada‘s “Blindspotting,” Boots Riley‘s “Sorry to Bother You,” and documentarian Matthew Heineman‘s first fiction outing, “A Private War.”

Spike Lee has finally earned his overdue and deserved first DGA nomination with “BlacKkKlansman,” and Bradley Cooper received mentions in both Feature Film and the First-Timers lineup for “A Star is Born.” 

Directors Guild of America 2019 Nominees

FEATURE FILM 

  • “A Star is Born,” Directed by Bradley Cooper
  • “Roma,” Directed by Alfonso Cuarón
  • “Green Book,” Directed by Peter Farrelly
  • “BlacKkKlansman,” Directed by Spike Lee
  • “Vice,” Directed by Adam McKay

FIRST-TIME FEATURE FILM 

  • “Eighth Grade,” Directed by Bo Burnham
  • “A Star is Born,” Directed by Bradley Cooper
  • “Blindspotting,” Directed by Carlos López Estrada
  • “A Private War,” Directed by Matthew Heineman
  • “Sorry to Bother You,” Directed Boots Riley

The winners in all categories will be announced at the 71st Annual DGA Awards on Saturday, February 2, 2019, at the Hollywood and Highland Center’s Ray Dolby Ballroom in Hollywood.

From the press release:

Los Angeles – Directors Guild of America President Thomas Schlamme today announced the five nominees for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2018.

“To be chosen by one’s peers in a year full of such extraordinary films is the true mark of outstanding directorial achievement,” said Schlamme. “In bringing all elements of the filmmaking process together, each of these directors has demonstrated an exceptional command of the medium, creating excellence for the screen. Congratulations to all of the nominees.”

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Written by Carlos Aguilar

Originally from Mexico City, Carlos Aguilar was chosen as one of 6 young film critics to partake in the first Roger Ebert Fellowship organized by RogerEbert.com, the Sundance Institute and Indiewire in 2014. Aguilar’s work has appeared in prestigious publications such as The Wrap, Indiewire, Vulture, RogerEbert.com, MovieMaker Magazine, Remezcla Filmmaker Magazine, Variety Latino, Slate, Bustle, Americas Quarterly, among others.

Besides his work in journalism, Aguilar regularly works as a screener for the Sundance Film Festival and a screenplay reader for Sundance’s Screenwriters Lab. Carlos Aguilar has also been on the jury at renowned festivals such the Palm Springs International Film Festival, the Gasparilla International Film Festival, the Louisiana International Film Festival, and the Los Angeles Indian Film Festival.

Aguilar currently co-hosts, One Week Only, a weekly podcast highlighting independent and international cinema. He also regularly participates in panel discussions about the importance of people of color in film criticism and his experience as a DACA recipient working in the film industry.

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