Directors Guild of America

2014 Directors Guild Nominees Include McQueen, Cuaron, Russell, Scorsese and Greengrass

No surprises here

2014-dga-award-nominationsOne of the biggest precursor award nominees have arrived as the Directors Guild of America (DGA) have announced their nominees for the 2014 Directors Guild Awards and the nominees are Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity), Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips), Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave), David O. Russell (American Hustle) and Martin Scorsese (The Wolf of Wall Street).

This means, yet again, the Coens are overlooked for Inside Llewyn Davis, which is beginning to look more and more like an honorable mention for the year from many of these organizations, but I'm still keeping them in my Best Director Oscar predictions for just a while longer.

Otherwise, there are no surprises here and if Greengrass was to edge out the Coens for a nomination I would think twice about it. Possible Oscar surprises might include a nomination for Spike Jonze (Her) or John Lee Hancock (Saving Mr. Banks) at this point, but the race is hardly a nail-biter.

You can check out my just-updated Best Director predictions right here and, again, are the nominees. The 66th Annual DGA Awards will be held on Saturday, January 25, 2014.

  • Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity)
  • Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips)
  • Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave)
  • David O. Russell (American Hustle)
  • Martin Scorsese (The Wolf of Wall Street)
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  • http://letterboxd.com/gman/ G-Man

    So pumped to see Greengrass on their. Most impressive direction of the year in my opinion.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/MovieFan/ Israel Valencia

    I feel like Paul Greengrass isn't gonna get nominated much like Kathryn Bigelow for Zero Dark Thirty. Plus I don't like Captain Phillips as much as most. So far these are my Oscar Predictions:
    Steve McQueen- 12 Years A Slave
    Martin Scorsese- The Wolf of Wall Street
    Alfonso Cuaron- Gravity
    Spike Jonze- Her
    David O. Russell- American Hustle

    • IngmarTheBergman

      CAPTAIN PHILLIPS IS NOT ZERO DARK THIRTY!

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/MovieFan/ Israel Valencia

        I am saying much like Paul Greengrass did United 93 (which he was nominated for), Captain Phillips has similar roots and probably won't get nominated. Like Kathryn Bigelow got nominated for The Hurt Locker but not for ZD30. Unless you think Phillips is better than ZD30

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ian/ Ian

    Last year was so screwy in the directing category that I'm not sure what to expect this time around. It's safe to call Cuaron and McQueen locks, and Russell is probably very close after that. If anyone were to knock Scorsese or Greengrass out my bet would be on some combination of Alexander Payne and Spike Jonze. It looks like the Coens' goose is cooked this year, though Llewyn Davis still could score Picture and Screenplay nominations. And I'm still not completely counting out Saving Mr. Banks, but as I've said all along, now that Academy members have started voting I've moved it out of frontrunner status. I see a tossup between 12 Years a Slave and American Hustle, with Nebraska running third...a strong third if Payne gets a Directing nomination from the Academy. Unfortunately Cuaron looks like the frontrunner for that prize.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/chewbaca38/ Baca

    I definitely can't complain about any of the chosen 5.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Newbourne/ Newbourne

      I definitely can. Way too much love for Gravity and AH was somewhat of a dud.

  • http://letterboxd.com/criterion10/ Criterion10

    I predict the Coens will get the nomination over Scorsese, similarly as they did over Nolan back in 2011.

  • Sean Cordy

    Hate to self-advertise...but take a look at this article that shows that statistically speaking, there's a good chance the Coens or Jonze get in
    http://12angrycinephiles.com/2014/01/oscars-director-race/2/

    • IngmarTheBergman

      RTD is correct.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Jake17/ Jake17

      Right. Just last year, only two of the five DGA nominated directors were nominated for Oscars.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/StringerBell/ Stringer Bell

    I hope a surprise like Jonze or Coogler get in, but otherwise I'm content.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ian/ Ian

      Unfortunately I'll be shocked if Fruitvale receives a single nomination.

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Jake17/ Jake17

        Spencer is still a slight possibility (though not really the deserving actress in the film).

        • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Hudsucker/ Hudsucker

          Wouldn't be awesome if the academy dropped a surprise nomination in like Melonie Diaz or James Franco.

          #reminder

          • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Jake17/ Jake17

            YES! I'd love for both of them to get recognition, not to mention Mads Mikkelsen for The Hunt and Suzanne Clement for Laurence Anyways or Brie Larson for Short Term 12, but, alas, Oscar rarely surprises us in a good way...

  • Guthrie

    I think the Coens are more deserving of a Best Director nomination than David O. Russell.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ian/ Ian

      I haven't seen Llewyn Davis yet, but Russell's storytelling ability has failed to impress me three films in a row. He creates great characters, but even that's largely due to the fact he's able to cast great actors.

      • Guthrie

        I really enjoyed Silver Linings Playbook, so naturally I was looking forward to American Hustle but it fell flat in my opinion. The story had serious pacing issues and the only scenes I enjoyed were the ones featuring Jennifer Lawrence.

        • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ian/ Ian

          I actually think Lawrence is a bit overrated in the film. She's great, but she's not in it that much relative to others. I was much more impressed with Adams' performance, but she's not as marketable.

          • Guthrie

            I think Jennifer is a tad overrated too. I mean, she's a great actress, but people don't need to pay attention to every word that comes out of her mouth. I don't really like Amy. I felt that she was trying to finally get an Oscar by showing a little bit of boob. lol

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/jinjuriki187/ jinjuriki187

    i would love the coens and jonze to get in over russell and greengrass. greengrass did a great job but jonze and the coens deserve it much more.

  • JAB

    Greengrass is waaay overdue. He has been directng the most heart-pounding-with-a-heart cinema of anybody this century. (I think that "United 93" is the best movie of the past 13 years.)
    I knew that Ron Howard didn't stand a chance here, but "Rush" is my favorite movie of '13 ("Captain Phillips" rates a close 2nd).
    "The Wolf Of Wall Street" has a lot more electricity than "American Hustle". Scorsese must've been on steroids making this one. (Was he juicing with A-Fraud?)
    I admire "Gravity" more than anything else. It, along with "American Hustle", is a very good movie that's been over-rated.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Newbourne/ Newbourne

      Haven't seen Rush either. I'm a little behind on awards season.

      Here's the movies I need to see:

      1. Rush
      2. Oldboy
      3. Blue Jasmine
      4. Her
      5. August: Osage County
      6. Inside Llewyn Davis
      7. All is Lost
      8. Prisoners
      9. Out of the Furnace
      10. Thor: The Dark World
      11. Mandela
      12. The Counselor
      13. Nebraska
      14. Trance
      15. The Spectacular Now

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/lalecture/ lalecture

        Wow you seriously have your work cut out for you!
        My list includes a few of the sMe. But I'm making a concerted effort to watch Her and , Inside Llewelyn Davis before Sunday's GG.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Newbourne/ Newbourne

    My picks would be:
    • Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips)
    • Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave)
    • Martin Scorsese (The Wolf of Wall Street)
    • Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee (Frozen)
    • Jeff Nichols (Mud)

    I have yet to see Inside Llewyn Davis or Her, but I've seen American Hustle and Gravity, and no thank you, they shouldn't even be in the conversation.

    If I could pick a few more, #6-10 would be:
    • Jean Marc-Vallé (Dallas Buyers Club)
    • Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station)
    • Peter Berg (Lone Survivor)
    • Steven Soderbergh (Side Effects)
    • Kirk DeMicco and Chris Sanders (The Croods)

    I'm looking forward to seeing Her, August, Prisoners and ILD soon though so I can map my heard around the competition.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Jake17/ Jake17

    Haven't seen Phillips, but only McQueen and MAYBE Cuaron strike me as deserving. Neither would be in my personal Top 5, but there's no chance for any of them: Linklater, Vinterberg, Carruth, Dolan or Korine. Oh well.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Winchester/ Winchester

    For me having only seen Gravity and Phillips I personally don't think the latter should be heavily involved unless it's just the last act he's in contention over. Which I could maybe just buy but not by much.

    Hustle and Wolf don't hold much fascination for me but I'll try to catch them so only Slave remains that I really want to try and catch as the likely finalists shape up. I have no beef with Cuaron's inclusion but I'm not convinced yet he's a lock to win.

  • robotsrule

    It's difficult to identify what criteria one should use for judging "direction". With films being so collaborative how is best director differentiated from best picture or best cinematography and editing? What does one director bring to the table that is worth distinguishing them over another? I tend to look at my favorite films of the year and it just follows that the directors attached to them are worth nominating for bringing all the elements together. We got films from some of the best directors out there this year so it's difficult to pick five. I'd like to see the number of nominations expanded like with best picture.