DGA's Doc Noms Honor ‘Inside Job,’ ‘Waiting for Superman’

“Restrepo,” “Client 9” and “Last Train Home” also receive directing nominations

The Directors Guild of America has completed its three-day process of announcing its 2010 nominees by unveiling a slate of documentary nominations that singled out the features "Last Train Home," "Inside Job," "Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer," "Waiting for 'Superman'" and "Restrepo."

Sebastian Junger and Tim HetheringtonOf the nominated directors, only Alex Gibney ("Client 9") has received a previous DGA nomination. The other directors — Lixin Fan for "Last Train Home," Charles Ferguson for "Inside Job," Davis Guggenheim for "Waiting for 'Superman'" and Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger (left) for "Restrepo" — are first-time nominees.

Among the films left out of the DGA nominations are Laura Poitras' "The Oath," Amir Bar-Lev's "The Tillman Story," Lucy Walker's IDA winner "Waste Land" and Banksy's "Exit Through the Gift Shop."

Last year's Documentary Feature winner was Louis Psihoyos for "The Cove." That film went on to win the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

Winners in this and the nine previously-announced DGA categories will be named at the DGA Awards on Saturday, January 29 in the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland.

The nominees:

LIXIN FAN
Last Train Home
Eye Steel Film, ITVS, Canada
Council for the Arts
Zeitgeist Films
This is Mr. Fan’s first DGA Award nomination.
 
CHARLES FERGUSON
Inside Job
Representational Pictures
Sony Pictures Classics
This is Mr. Ferguson’s first DGA Award nomination.
 
ALEX GIBNEY
Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer
ES Productions
Magnolia Pictures
This is Mr. Gibney’s second DGA Award nomination.  He was previously nominated in this same category for Taxi to the Dark Side in 2007.
 
DAVIS GUGGENHEIM
Waiting for “Superman”
Public Education LLC
Paramount Vantage
Mr. Guggenheim’s Directorial Team:
·         Unit Production Manager: Shari Tavey
This is Mr. Guggenheim’s first DGA Award nomination.
 
TIM HETHERINGTON AND SEBASTIAN JUNGER
Restrepo
Outpost Films
National Geographic Entertainment
This is the first DGA Award nomination for Mr. Hetherington and Mr. Junger.