Directors Guild of America 2019: Nominations for Best Director, First Film Director

January 8, 2019–The directors of America Guild (DGA) has announced its nominations today for its top feature film award:

Bradley Cooper: Two-Time Nominee (Best Director, Best First Director)

Best Director Nominees (in alphabetical order)

Bradley Cooper for “A Star Is Born”

Alfonso Cuaron for “Roma”

Peter Farrelly for “Green Book”

Spike Lee for “BlacKkKlansman”

Adam McKay for “Vice”

 

First-Time Director

Cooper also received a DGA nomination for its first-time director award on Tuesday, along with Bo Burnham for “Eighth Grade,” Carlos Lopez Estrada for “Blindspotting,” Matthew Heineman for “A Private War,” and Boots Riley for “Sorry to Bother You.”

Alfonso Cuaron won the DGA and Academy Award for directing five years ago for “Gravity.”

New Faces:

It’s the first DGA nomination for Cooper, Farrelly, and Lee.

It’s Adam McKay’s third DGA nomination, three years after he received one for “The Big Short.”

He also received a TV nomination for directing an episode of “Succession.”

No surprises or upsets in the DGA’s nominations, which came two days after Cuaron won the Golden Globes for directing “Roma” over the same four — Cooper, Farrelly, Lee, and McKay.

Cuaron also won the director award from the New York Film Critics Circle, but not from the Los Angeles Critics.

Lee won the Grand Prix for “BlacKkKlansman” in May at the Cannes Film Festival. Cooper has been nominated for acting Academy Awards for “Silver Linings Playbook,” “American Hustle,” and “American Sniper,” and for producing “American Sniper.”

Overlooked (Or Too Many Good Directors?)

Contenders overlooked for a DGA nod include Barry Jenkins for “If Beale Street Could Talk,” Ryan Coogler for “Black Panther,” Yorgos Lanthimos for “The Favourite” and Marielle Heller for “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

Best Predictor of Oscar

The DGA Award is one of the best predictors of the Oscar.  Only 7 of the DGA winners since 1948 have not won the best director Oscar.

The last divergence came in 2013 when Ben Affleck won the DGA Award for “Argo,” even though he did not receive an Oscar nom.

About 80% of DGA nominees have gone on to be nominated for an Oscar in recent years.

Along with winner Guillermo del Toro, for “The Shape of Water,” last year’s nominees were Greta Gerwig for “Lady Bird,” Martin McDonagh for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Christopher Nolan for “Dunkirk,” and Jordan Peele for “Get Out.”

All but McDonagh received Oscar nominations for directing, with the Academy opting instead for Paul Thomas Anderson for “Phantom Thread.”

Heinman

Heineman has won DGA awards for his documentaries “Cartel Land” and “City of Ghosts.” He said in response to the nomination, “Making films is a privilege, and I’m grateful that I’ve been able to explore the world through documentaries and now my first narrative feature. I am deeply honored by the DGA nomination for ‘A Private War,’ a love letter to journalism at a time when it is under attack. Massive thanks to my incredible

Nominees for the Directors Guild of America’s feature film award:

Bradley Cooper

“A Star Is Born”

(Warner Bros. Pictures)

Mr. Cooper’s Directorial Team:

Unit Production Manager: Robert J. Dohrmann
First Assistant Director: Michele “Shelley” Ziegler
Second Assistant Director: Xanthus Valan
Second Second Assistant Director: Matthew R. Milan
This is one of two DGA Award nominations this year for Mr. Cooper. He is also nominated in the First-Time Feature Film category for A Star Is Born.

Alfonso Cuaron

“Roma”

(Netflix)

Mr. Cuarón’s Directorial Team:

Unit Production Manager: Ana Hernandez
First Assistant Director: Frederic Henocque Albino
Second Assistant Director: Patrick Heyerdahl
Second Second Assistant Directors: Luis Fernando Vásquez, Julián ‘Chico’ Valdés, Arturo Garcia
This is Mr. Cuarón’s second DGA Feature Film Award nomination. He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film in 2013 for Gravity.

Peter Farrelly

“Green Book”

(Universal Pictures)

Mr. Farrelly’s Directorial Team:

Unit Production Managers: Alissa M. Kantrow, John Brister, Franses Simonovich (New York Unit)
First Assistant Directors: J.B. Rogers, Alejandro Ramia (New York Unit)
Second Assistant Directors: Paul B. Uddo, Jack McKenna (New York Unit)
Second Second Assistant Directors: Gerson Paz, Jonathan Warren
Location Manager: Louis Zuppardi

This is Farrelly’s first DGA Award nomination.

Here are the nominees for the Directors Guild of America’s first-time feature film director:

BO BURNHAM

“Eighth Grade”

(A24)

Mr. Burnham’s Directorial Team:

First Assistant Director: Dan Taggatz
Second Assistant Director: Vic Coram
Second Second Assistant Director: Evelyn Fogleman
This is Mr. Burnham’s first DGA Award nomination.

BRADLEY COOPER

“A Star Is Born”

(Warner Bros. Pictures)

Mr. Cooper’s Directorial Team:

Unit Production Manager: Robert J. Dohrmann
First Assistant Director: Michele “Shelley” Ziegler
Second Assistant Director: Xanthus Valan
Second Second Assistant Director: Matthew R. Milan
This is one of two DGA Award nominations this year for Mr. Cooper. He is also nominated in the Feature Film category for “A Star Is Born.”

CARLOS LOPEZ ESTRADA

“Blindspotting”

(Summit Entertainment)

Mr. Estrada’s Directorial Team:

Assistant Director: La Mar Stewart
Second Second Assistant Director: Dominic Martin
Additional Second Second Assistant Director: Armin Houshmandi

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

MATTHEW HEINEMAN

“A Private War”

(Aviron Pictures)

Mr. Heineman’s Directorial Team:

Unit Production Manager: Louise Killin
First Assistant Directors: George Walker, Peter Freeman (Jordan Unit)
Second Assistant Directors: Tom Mulberge (UK Unit), Tom Browne (Jordan Unit)
Second Second Assistant Director: Tarik Afifi (Jordan Unit)
This is Mr. Heineman’s third DGA Award nomination. He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary in 2017 for “City of Ghosts” and in 2015 for “Cartel Land.”

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