The Director's Guild of America (DGA) have announced their nominees. Winners are set to be announced January 28.
Martin Scorsese - Hugo
Woody Allen - Midnight in Paris
Alexander Payne - The Descendants
Michael Hazanavicius - The Artist
David Fincher - The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Wow. Fincher again. That is quite a surprise. Each of these films have been nominated by the PGA and the WGA, and seem all-but locked into Best Picture nominations. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo has come out of nowhere. Hotly anticipated and well-received, but I never considered it to be an Oscar player. Oh well, I guess I'll find out this Thursday. Interestingly, here in Australia, Dragon Tattoo, The Descendants and Hugo are all released on the same day. Crazy, huh? The most notable exclusion, and I am sad to say, is Terrence Malick. The Tree of Life has had no love from the Guilds despite being included in countless critics' lists and won multiple awards.The other notable exclusion is Steven Spielberg, but honestly, I never saw that happening. I guess looking though the other candidates, the only other players are Bennett Miller (Moneyball) and Nicolas Winding Refn (if the Academy turns to Drive). What are your thoughts? The Top four were no surprise, but I expected Malick to take that 5th spot. Do you think Malick and The Tree of Life has any shot at the end of February?