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Directors Guild of America Nominees Cast New Light on Oscar Race


The Directors Guild of America has announced their nominees for the best director of 2007. The choices are interestingly different from the Golden Globe nominees, casting some doubt on whether the Globes will actually predict the Oscars in this category. DGA president Michael Apted points out that the race this year is wider than last year's: "There’s no big studio blockbuster among them, the way The Departed was last year. It’s a very open year." Check out the competition for DGA's big honor:

The most surprising absences here are Joe Wright for Atonement and Ridley Scott for American Gangster, as both are in the running to win the Best Director Golden Globe for two of the most talked-about films of 2007.

Not having seen The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, I can't speak to how deserving Julian Schnabel would be of this award, though I must say I'm slightly surprised to see Gilroy and Penn there in place of Wright and Scott. I also personally think Tim Burton continues to be shafted from these award nominations.

What do you think about the DGA's shortlist? Who should win the prize for best director of 2007?

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yaliyah yaliyah 8 years
Where's Joe Wright? The entire film was so well made that he deserves recognition.
Phasekitty Phasekitty 8 years
*from the book...singular...obviously there was just one :-P
Phasekitty Phasekitty 8 years
Buzz- you're absolutely right about the Dunkirk shot...it was truly an accomplishment and breathtaking. However...(I really hate to say this because I should look at the film itself and not compare) after seeing last year's Children of Men and it's stunning tracking shot through the horrifying refugee camp, I couldn't help but feel deja vu with the Dunkirk shot. Granted, there is far more action and extras in the Atonement shot, but the Children of Men shot is just so emotionally stirring. I was shocked that Alfonso Cuaron didn't get recognized for his work last year, so I feel like, by comparison, Wright shouldn't either. Wow- that's bad and so unprofessional of me! Anyway...I know you're super high on Atonement (as you should be, it was awesome), but I feel like SO MUCH of it's grandness came from the books (p.s. have you read it yet?? :))
Entertainment Entertainment 8 years
I love hearing your thoughts on films and filmmakers, Phasekitty! You're right, I will eventually see Diving Bell, and I look forward to it. Though I think all those factors came together so beautifully in Atonement because of Wright's direction. I also think that single-shot scene of Dunkirk was an astonishing accomplishment. They only took three takes of that entire scene (when McAvoy's walking through, looking in bafflement at the wreckage and disarray of Dunkirk) in order to get it in one long shot and it required tremendous cooperation and choreography with tons of extras. I was really blown away by what Wright managed to do with that movie.
laneylaney laneylaney 8 years
P.T. Anderson all the way. Such a stunning film.
Phasekitty Phasekitty 8 years
My only change to this group would be to swap out Gilroy for Burton. I agree that he's getting the total shaft- Sweeney Todd had such an amazing Burton touch to it and it's a return to form for him, I think. Buzz- I know you'll see it eventually, but Diving Bell was fantastic. It's such a unique way to tell such a devastating story...you'll agree that Schnabel deserves the slot. While I really loved Atonement, I don't think Wright necessarily deserves all the credit...that movie was great due to the sum of it's parts- acting, writing, source material, the score (which I LOVED!), camerawork, etc. I just don't think it's necessarily the best display of directing achievement this year. Also getting the shaft- Jason Reitman! Yes, Juno had a fantastic script that deserves lots of attention, but the directing was a big part of why it was a great movie as well! Where's the Reitman love?? I'm on the fence about which one to pick...I love the Coen Brothers for this, but I'd also like to see Sean Penn pick up some recognition for Into the Wild. It's seriously been a great year for filmmakers- the movies this season rock!
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
The Coen brothers are brilliant; they get my vote for "No Country for Old Men."
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