No surprises in the Directors Guild list of top film nominees
Kathryn Bigelow, James Cameron, Lee Daniels, Jason Reitman and Quentin Tarantino have received nominations for the Directors Guild Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement for Feature Film in 2009.
The nominations were announced Thursday morning by DGA president Taylor Hackford. The five films represented by those directors — "The Hurt Locker," "Avatar," "Precious," "Up in the Air" and "Inglourious Basterds" — are all considered Oscar front-runners, and the directors were all favorites to receive DGA nominations.
Directors overlooked by the DGA include Clint Eastwood ("Invictus") Lone Scherfig ("An Education") and Neill Blomkamp ("District 9").
The DGA lineup usually corresponds closely to the Academy’s best-director nominees, and the winners at the two ceremonies have matched all but six times since 1948.
The DGA Awards Ceremony will take place on Saturday, January 30 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel.
KATHRYN BIGELOW, "The Hurt Locker"
Ms. Bigelow’s Directorial Team:
· Unit Production Manager: Tony Mark
· First Assistant Director: David Ticotin
· First Assistant Director (Canadian Unit): Lee Cleary
This is Ms. Bigelow’s first DGA Feature Film Award Nomination.
JAMES CAMERON, "Avatar"
Mr. Cameron’s Directorial Team:
· Unit Production Manager: Colin Wilson
· First Assistant Director: Josh McLaglen
· Second Assistant Director/Additional Unit First Assistant Director: Maria Battle Campbell
This is Mr. Cameron’s second DGA Feature Film Award Nomination. He previously won the Feature Film Award for Titanic in 1997.
LEE DANIELS, "Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire"
Mr. Daniels’ Directorial Team:
· Unit Production Manager: Tony Hernandez
· First Assistant Director: Chip Signore
· Second Assistant Director: Tracey Hinds
· Second Second Assistant Director: Michael "Boogie" Pinckney
· Additional Unit Production Manager: Patrick D. Gibbons
· Additional First Assistant Director: Tom Fatone
· Additional Second Assistant Directors: Kim Thompson, Mirashyam Blakeslee
· Location Manager: Gregory Routt
This is Mr Daniels’ first DGA Feature Film Award Nomination.
JASON REITMAN, "Up in the Air"
Mr Reitman’s Directorial Team:
· Unit Production Manager: Michael Beugg
· First Assistant Director: Jason Blumenfeld
· Second Assistant Director: Sonia Bhalla
· Assistant Unit Production Manager: Samson Mucke
· Second Second Assistant Director: Joseph Payton
· Additional Second Assistant Director: Heather L Hogan
This is Mr Reitman’s first DGA Feature Film Award Nomination.
QUENTIN TARANTINO, "Inglourious Basterds"
Mr Tarantino’s Directorial Team:
· Unit Production Manager: Gregor Wilson
· Unit Production Manager ( Germany ): Michael Scheel
· First Assistant Director: Carlos Fidel
· Second Assistant Director: Miguel Angelo Pate
· Second Second Assistant Directors: Jill Moriarty, Tanja Däberitz
This is Mr Tarantino’s second DGA Feature Film Award Nomination. He was previously nominated in this category for Pulp Fiction in 1994.