Directors Guild of America

2013 Directors Guild Nominees Award Affleck, Bigelow, Hooper, Lee and Spielberg

Russell and Tarantino miss the ballot

2013 DGA Award nomineesThe Directors Guild have announced their 2013 nominees for the Directors Guild Awards and as it stands, their nominees match up exactly with my current list of predicted Oscar nominees for Best Director. Those nominees are Ben Affleck (Argo), Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty), Tom Hooper (Les Misérables), Ang Lee (Life of Pi) and Steven Spielberg (Lincoln).

The two names that will likely be looked at as potential upsets at the Oscars are David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook) and Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained) with Hooper and Lee the most likely to fall out of the top five. As for my predictions I am getting closer and closer to moving Russell in over Hooper, but I just don't think Tarantino is going to be able to edge out Ang Lee.

Seems like it would be impossible for not one director from this year's Weinstein stable to get a Best Director nomination doesn't it? Especially with Tarantino, Russell and Paul Thomas Anderson as the candidates.

Here, again, are the nominees. The 65th Annual DGA Awards will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • Ben Affleck (Argo)
  • Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty)
  • Tom Hooper (Les Misérables)
  • Ang Lee (Life of Pi)
  • Steven Spielberg (Lincoln)
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  • Ra

    No Tarantino? Boooo!

  • Jordan B.

    As expected. It will be interesting to see if the Academy follows suit. Last year, the DGA went with Fincher, while the Academy chose Malick. So perhaps one of either Russell, PTA, or Tarantino (least likely of the three, I would say) will manage to get in.

    • Criterion10

      This fact you stated does still cause me to doubt Lee's chances with the Oscars. I don't know why, but I just don't think he's going to make it in.

      • GregDinskisk

        I doubt it too, having seen Life of Pi... I feel like he was to blame for the moments that weren't up to par to the other excellent moments (which he was also to 'blame' for).

  • Jesse3232

    I think "Life of Pi" was a much more difficult film to make and the fact that Ang Lee directed it so brilliantly will make him on the list forsure. I'd love to see Tarantino and Russell as well but I'm hoping for some surprises on Thursday

    • Jordan B.

      Agree on Lee. While some have a rather neutral opinion of the movie, I loved it, and I think Lee's direction is noticeable throughout the film.

      Though I know it won't happen, I would love to see the following lineup for Oscar nominations: Ben Affleck, Wes Anderson, Kathryn Bigelow, Ang Lee, David O. Russell. I would place Django higher than Pi on my own Top 10 list, but I think Lee's direction is better than Tarantino's.

  • Jack

    I still think PTA or Russell gets in. There's gonna be at least 1 Weinstein boy. I still think Ang Lee misses out.

  • Hamza Zain

    I don't think PTA has a chance anymore. The Master came and went, in terms of awards appeal. Hoffman stands the best chance for a nomination from that film (out of the big awards). I'm not surprised that Tarantino didn't make it, but disappointed. Django lives and breathes Tarantino's direction and eye. Too bad. I think Russell has a better chance than him with the Academy, just based on how feel good Silver Linings is, and how much controversy Django seems to cause. That being said, Lee probably gets the nom.

  • Elijah

    Lee and Bigelow are the only ones I'm really cheering for in this bunch even though they have no chance. The only one I'm actively against is Hooper because his direction didn't do much for me, so crossing my fingers the Oscars choose Russell or one of the Andersons. My birthday's tomorrow so here's hoping the nominations aren't terrible!

  • kyle coley

    this really pissed me off i mean you left off QT and DR? but put it tom and lee? god damn it

  • Cordia

    Probably same five as Oscar, Maybe Russel or QT or PTA could get in..hope for QT and Russel

  • AS

    Well, there goes QT's chances...

  • Fox

    I would have liked Russell to get in over Lee. I would probably take QT over Hooper as well, even though I liked Les Miserables better than Django

    • DavidG

      I would have liked Russell over Hooper but I think Lee deserves to be there.

  • Criterion10

    Disappointed to not see Tarantino, O. Russell, and Haneke, although I do know that Haneke was a long shot. Will be interesting to see how this corresponds with the Oscar's choices on Thursday. I highly doubt it will consist of the exact same five here.

    • Aleonardis

      I wouldn't sleep on a Haneke nom. If not in directing, I personally think that he's going to get in for screenplay and picture.

      • Criterion10

        I hope so. I personally loved Amour, and Haneke's one of my favorite director's in general.

  • Chris138

    I have a feeling that Ang Lee will get taken out and PTA will take the spot. I'm also not sure about Hooper. I just got back from seeing Les Miserables and I'm baffled why anyone would nominate him for directing. So if the Academy doesn't nominate him, then I say Haneke or possibly (but unlikely) Tarantino takes his place.

  • Aleonardis

    I don't know if anybody else has seen Kris Tapley's new predictions over at InContention, but there's a crazy, out of nowhere nom that he has in his Best Pic that I really don't think we should be sleeping on because he's usually, QUITE good at this. That's The Intouchables in Best Pic.

  • jinjuriki187

    if i could choose id say nolan, tarantino, PTA, Affleck, and maby bigalow or hooper. more realistically i would say everyone i just mentioned except PTA because he has no chance, which is a shame because the master was amazing and he did a great job. there are so many deserving directors for 2012 its so hard jackson, O. Russell, mendes, andrew dominik, Spielberg, and many more. ang lee being the most deserving but i think id have to put hooper in the top five over him.
    1. tarantino
    2. Spielberg
    3. Affleck
    4. bigalow
    5. hooper
    honorable mention for ang lee.

  • JAB

    You can label me a mainstream CA Central Valley rube if you want (but I can't stand most Will Ferrell movies & be tempted to suspend the 1st Amendment if we can ban torture porn movies + their TV ads -which the MPAA seems to endorse- from ever being shown), but I'll maintain that Christopher Nolan got snubbed for the criminally overlooked TDKR.
    Love the Spielberg & Affleck noms. (Haven't seen ZDT yet.)

  • Ian

    I think this will be the five that get the Oscar noms. SLP was botched (I didn't like it so I'm not complaining), The Master came and went, and Tarantino never had a chance. I haven't seen ZDT yet, but of the other noms, the only one I actually think deserves to be there is Affleck.