Directors Guild Announces 70th Annual DGA Award Nominees for Feature Films

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The Directors Guild of America (DGA) has announced its nominees for the 2017 for feature films, following yesterday’s announcement for television series and doc nominees. Winners will be announced at the 70th Annual on Saturday, February 3, 2018 from the (very busy) Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.

As expected, Guillermo del Toro, Christopher Nolan and Jordan Peele were nominated for their films The Shape of WaterDunkirk and Get Out respectively. Martin McDonagh also received his first DGA nomination for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Sunday’s big Golden Globe winner, as did Greta Gerwig, nominated for her solo debut feature Lady Bird.

Peele received a second nomination as a first-time director along with Taylor Sheridan (Wind River), Will Oldroyd (Lady Macbeth), Geremy Jasper (Patti Cake$) and Aaron Sorkin (Molly’s Game). 

Besides being the first-time DGA nominations for Peele, Gerwig and McDonagh, this is also the first DGA nod for del Toro, while Christopher Nolan has been nominated four times by the DGA without ever winning or receiving an Oscar nomination for his direction. (Nolan has received three Oscar nods, two for writing and producing Inception and one for writing Memento.)

Gerwig may have been omitted from the first-time directing category because she co-wrote, co-starred and co-directed Nights and Weekends with Joe Swanberg in 2008.

The has long been thought of as the most accurate precursor for Oscar nominations as well as potential Best Picture frontrunners. The DGA’s feature film nominations tend to go at least 4 for 5 with the Oscar’s nominees int he directing category, and the DGA has picked the eventual winner for the Best Director Oscar almost every single year with two exceptions. Ben Affleck won the DGA award for Argo but was never nominated as a director by the Academy, while Ron Howard won the DGA but lost to Mel Gibson for Braveheart, which also won Best Picture that year.

Either way, it’s looking good right now that DunkirkThe Shape of WaterGet OutLady Bird and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri are the five frontrunners at the Oscars with other films like Steven Spielberg’s The Post and Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name hoping to get multiple nominations but that’s about it.

Here’s the full list of DGA Award feature film nominees:

Feature Film Director

Guillermo del Toro, “The Shape of Water” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Mr. del Toro’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: J. Miles Dale
Production Manager: Dennis Chapman
First Assistant Director: Pierre Henry
Second Assistant Director: Tyler Delben
This is Mr. del Toro’s first DGA Award nomination

Greta Gerwig, “Lady Bird” (A24)

Ms. Gerwig’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Managers: Lila Yacoub, Danielle Blumstein, Jamin O’Brien (New York Crew)
First Assistant Directors: Jonas Spaccarotelli, Cedric Vara (New York Crew)
Second Assistant Director: Brendan Lee, Dana Zolli (New York Crew)
Second Second Assistant Directors: Lillian Awa, Teri Barber
This is Ms. Gerwig’s first DGA Award nomination.

Martin McDonagh, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Mr. McDonagh’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Bergen Swanson
Assistant Unit Production Manager: Peggy Robinson
First Assistant Director: Peter Kohn
Second Assistant Director: Paula Case
Second Second Assistant Director: Spencer Taylor
This is Mr. McDonagh’s first DGA Award nomination.

Christopher Nolan, “Dunkirk” (Warner Bros.)

Mr. Nolan’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Managers: David Witz, Christine Raspillere (France Unit), Chris Brock (UK Unit), Nicky Tüske (Netherlands Unit)
First Assistant Directors: Nilo Otero, William Pruss (France Unit), Willem Quarles van Ufford (Netherlands Unit)
Second Assistant Director: Eric Lasko, Nicolas Baldino (France Unit), Alexis Chelli (France Unit), Clément Comet (France Unit)
Second Second Assistant Director: Alina Gatti
This is Mr. Nolan’s fourth DGA Feature Film Award nomination. He was previously nominated for Inception in 2010, for The Dark Knight in 2008, and for Memento in 2001.

Jordan Peele, “Get Out” (Universal Pictures)

Mr. Peele’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Managers: Marcei A. Brown, Rick A. Osako (Fairhope Unit)
First Assistant Director: Gerard DiNardi
Second Assistant Directors: Ram Paul Silbey, Marc Newland (Fairhope Unit), Jack McKenna (New York Unit)
Second Second Assistant Director: Maggie Ballard
Location Manager: Kurt Enger (New York Unit)
This is one of two DGA Award nominations this year for Mr. Peele. He is also nominated in the First-Time Feature Film category for Get Out.

First-Time Feature Film Director

Geremy Jasper, “Patti Cake$” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Mr. Jasper’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Sara Blechman
First Assistant Director: Inna Braude
Second Assistant Director: Natasha Rivera
Second Second Assistant Director: Lucas Isabella
Additional Second Second Assistant Director: Alice Johnson
This is Mr. Jasper’s first DGA Award nomination.

William Oldroyd, “Lady Macbeth” (Roadside Attractions)

Mr. Oldroyd’s Directorial Team:
Production Manager: Robert K. Harm
Unit Manager: Eugene Galbrath
First Assistant Director: George Every
Second Assistant Director: Richard Stanley Jan Harris
This is Mr. Oldroyd’s first DGA Award nomination.

Jordan Peele, “Get Out” (Universal Pictures)

Mr. Peele’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Managers: Marcei A. Brown, Rick A. Osako (Fairhope Unit)
First Assistant Director: Gerard DiNardi
Second Assistant Directors: Ram Paul Silbey, Marc Newland (Fairhope Unit), Jack McKenna (New York Unit)
Second Second Assistant Director: Maggie Ballard
Location Manager: Kurt Enger (New York Unit)
This is one of two DGA Award nominations this year for Mr. Peele. He is also nominated in the Feature Film category for Get Out.

Taylor Sheridan, “Wind River” (Acacia Entertainment)

Mr. Sheridan’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Christopher H. Warner
First Assistant Director: Nicholas Harvard
Second Assistant Director: Jason Altieri
Second Second Assistant Director: Kristina Massie
This is Mr. Sheridan’s first DGA Award nomination.

Aaron Sorkin, “Molly’s Game” (STX Entertainment)

Mr. Sorkin’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Managers: Lyn Lucibello-Brancatella, Stuart M. Besser, Michael Beugg (Los Angeles Unit)
Assistant Unit Production Manager: Bart Lipton (Los Angeles Unit)
First Assistant Director: Walter Gasparovic
Second Assistant Directors: Penny Charter, Travis Rehwaldt (New York Unit), Paula Case (Los Angeles Unit)
Second Second Assistant Directors: Conor Griff (New York Unit), Drew Ritson (New York Unit), Bryan Snodgrass (Los Angeles Unit)
Location Manager: Dena Ghieth (New York Unit)
This is Mr. Sorkin’s first DGA Award nomination.

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