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DGA Doc Nominations: ‘Anvil,’ ‘Cove,’ ‘Food Inc.’

Michael Moore left off list that also includes “Garbage Dreams,” “The English Surgeon” and “The Beaches of Agnes”

Oscar frontrunners "The Cove" and "Food, Inc." and the rock documentary  "Anvil! The Story of Anvil" are among the films honored in the Directors Guild of America's nominations for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary for 2009, the DGA announced on Tuesday.

Other nominees include "Garbage Dreams," "The English Surgeon" and "The Beaches of Agnes."

Michael Moore's "Capitalism: A Love Story" was not nominated.  Among the other high-profile docs left off the list were "Tyson," "It Might Get Loud," "Burma VJ," "Valentino: The Last Emperor" and "Every Little Step."  

The press release announcing the nominations:

DGA Announces Nominees for
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary for 2009

LOS ANGELES – The Directors Guild of America today announced the DGA's nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentaries for the year 2009.

"Documentary filmmaking reflects and magnifies the reality of our lives – allowing audiences to see people and events in new, exciting and often unexpected ways," said DGA President Taylor Hackford. "The fine work of these talented nominees demonstrates why audiences are increasingly seeking out documentaries and why distributors are releasing more documentary films theatrically. I congratulate each of them for their extraordinary work."

The winners will be announced at the 62nd Annual DGA Awards Dinner on Saturday, January 30, 2010 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles .

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The nominees for the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary for 2009 are (in alphabetical order):

SACHA GERVASI
"Anvil! The Story of Anvil"
(Metal On Metal Productions)

This is Mr. Gervasi's first DGA Award nomination.

MAI ISKANDER
"Garbage Dreams"

(Iskander Films, Inc.)

This is Ms. Iskander's first DGA Award nomination.

ROBERT KENNER
"Food, Inc."

(Robert Kenner Films)

This is Mr. Kenner's first DGA Award nomination.

LOUIE PSIHOYOS
"The Cove"

(Oceanic Preservation Society and Roadside Attractions)

This is Mr. Psihoyos’ first DGA Award nomination.

GEOFFREY SMITH
"The English Surgeon"

(Eyeline Films)

This is Mr. Smith's first DGA Award nomination.

AGNES VARDA
"The Beaches of Agnes"

(Cine-Tamaris, Paris )

This is Ms. Varda's first DGA Award nomination.

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For a complete list of nominations in other categories, please visit the Awards Section of the DGA Website at www.dga.org