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Tuesday, January 7, 2014
2014 Directors Guild of America Nominations
For the most part, the Directors Guild of America got it right. I actually respect all five of their picks, especially in a year where there are so many gifted, talented directors delivering amazing work. But, the nomination of Martin Scorsese (The Wolf of Wall Street) is fantastic and badass. Yes!!! The best film of the year, so far, and just a lights out piece of work from the master. I thoroughly agree with Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity) and Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave) being nominees. They have been the two locks since late August and deservedly so. Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips) made one of his best films this year and I feel that David O. Russell (American Hustle), as great a director as he is, directed a very mediocre, entertaining softball of a film this year. He does get some wonderful performances out of the film, but it is nowhere near as good as The Fighter or Silver Linings Playbook. My feelings are very mixed on American Hustle, but after another viewing I might have a different opinion. I would have probably switched Greengrass, really love his film though, and definitely Russell out for Spike Jonze (Her) and the Coen brothers (Inside Llewyn Davis), but that is just me. You also had great films from Alexander Payne (Nebraska), Jean-Marc Vallée (Dallas Buyers Club), Richard Linklater (Before Midnight), Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station), Woody Allen (Blue Jasmine), Abdellatif Kechiche (Blue is the Warmest Color), Jeff Nichols (Mud) and J.C. Chandor (All Is Lost). The DGA awards will be handed out on January 25th. Here is a list of the five nominees.