The Directors Guild has announced the five nominees for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2011.
The awards are especially noteworthy as an indicator of the Academy Awards, as the press release points out that “only six times since the DGA Awards began in 1948 has the Feature Film winner not gone on to win the corresponding Academy Award”.
There aren’t too many surprises here, with The Artist and Hugo a sure bet to end up on any American list this award season. It is pleasing to see Woody Allen beng recognised, along with Alexander Payne for The Descendants, and with the exception of George Clooney for The Ides of March, these match up with thus year’s Golden Globe nominations. Instead, David Fincher has been recognised for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
And the nominees are:
Woody Allen – Midnight in Paris
David Fincher, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Michel Hazanavicius – The Artist
Alexander Payne – The Descendants
Martin Scorsese – Hugo
The winner will be named at the 64th Annual DGA Awards Dinner on Saturday, January 28, 2012, at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood and Highland.