Oscar 2009: Directors Guild Award Nominees

Jan 6, 2010–The Directors Guild of America (DGA) announced today the nominations for their 62nd annual awards.  The lineup consisted of all the expected filmmakers: Kathryn Bigelow, Quentin Tarantino, James Cameron, Jason Reitman, and Lee Daniels. 

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film:

Kathryn Bigelow for “The Hurt Locker”
James Cameron for “Avatar”
Lee Daniels for “Precious”
Jason Reitman for “Up In The Air”
Quentin Tarantino for “Inglourious Basterds”

 
The DGA Award for Feature Film has traditionally had a a near perfect track record for the Best Director Academy Award. Only six times has the DGA Award winner not won the Academy Award; in 1968 (Carol Reed won the Oscar for directing “Oliver!”; Anthony Harvey won the DGA for “The Lion in Winter”); 1972 (Bob Fosse won the Oscar for directing “Cabaret”; Francis Ford Coppola won the DGA for “The Godfather”); 1985 (Sydney Pollack won the Oscar for directing “Out of Africa”; Steven Spielberg won the DGA for “The Color Purple,” and was not even nominated for an Oscar); 1995 (Mel Gibson won for directing “Braveheart”; Ron Howard won the DGA for “Apollo 13,” and was not even nominated for an Oscar); 2000 (Steven Soderbergh won the Oscar for directing “Traffic”; Ang Lee won the DGA for “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”); and 2002 (Roman Polanski won the Oscar for directing “The Pianist”; Rob Marshall won the DGA for “Chicago”).