Directors Guild of America’s Awards 2013

February 2nd, 2013 - Graham Eley

David O. Russell and Quentin Tarantino miss out on DGA nominations


Two award season heavyweights, David O. Russell (‘Silver Linings Playbook’) and Quentin Tarantino (‘Django Unchained’), have missed out on nominations for the Directors Guild of America’s top award.


Ben Affleck (‘Argo’) is the only nominated director who is not a previous DGA winner. Two of the nominees, Kathryn Bigelow (‘Zero Dark Thirty’) and Tom Hooper (Les Miserables), are looking for back-to-back wins.  Completing the list, Ang Lee (‘Life of Pi’) and Steven Spielberg (‘Lincoln’) compete for their third and fourth victories respectively.


Today’s announcement is a further disappointment for Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘The Master’, which missed out on a Producers Guild of America’s top feature-film nomination last week.  Michael Haneke’s Palme d’Or winner, ‘Amour’, that dominated the National Society of Film Critics’ poll at the weekend, including best director, was another serious challenger.


The DGA’s award has a remarkable record for foretelling the Oscars best director with 58 of its winners in a 64 year existence going on to Academy Award success.





(Warner Bros. Pictures)

Mr. Affleck’s Directorial Team:
·        Unit Production Manager:  Amy Herman
·        First Assistant Director:  David Webb
·        Second Assistant Director:  Ian Calip
·        Second Second Assistant Directors: Clark Credle, Gavin Kleintop
·        First Assistant Director (Turkey Unit): Belkis Turan


Zero Dark Thirty
(Columbia Pictures)

Ms. Bigelow’s Directorial Team:
·        Unit Production Manager:  Colin Wilson
·        First Assistant Director:  David A. Ticotin
·        Second Assistant Directors:  Ben Lanning, Sarah Hood
·        First Assistant Director (Jordan Unit): Scott Robertson
·        Second Assistant Directors (Jordan Unit): Jonas Spaccarotelli, Yanal Kassay
·        Second Second Assistant Director (Jordan Unit): Tarek Afifi
·        Unit Production Manager (India Unit): Rajeev Mehra


Les Misérables
(Universal Pictures)

Mr. Hooper’s Directorial Team:
·        Unit Production Manager:  Patrick Schweitzer
·        First Assistant Director:  Ben Howarth
·        Second Assistant Director:  Harriet Worth
·        Second Second Assistant Director: Dan Channing Williams


Life of Pi
(Twentieth Century Fox)

Mr. Lee’s Directorial Team:
·        Unit Production Manager:  Michael J. Malone
·        Unit Production Manager (Taiwan): Leo Chen
·        First Assistant Directors:  William M. Connor, Cliff Lanning
·        Second Assistant Directors:  Robert Burgess, Ben Lanning
·        Unit Production Manager (India Unit): Sanjay Kumar
·        First Assistant Director (India Unit): Nitya Mehra
·        Second Assistant Director (India Unit): Ananya Rane
·        Second Second Assistant Directors (India Unit): Namra Parikh, Freya Parekh
·        Second Assistant Directors (Montreal Unit): Derek Wimble, Renato De Cotiis


(DreamWorks Pictures/Twentieth Century Fox)

Mr. Spielberg’s Directorial Team:
·        Unit Production Manager:  Susan McNamara
·        First Assistant Director:  Adam Somner
·        Second Assistant Director:  Ian Stone
·        Second Second Assistant Directors: Eric Lasko, Trevor Tavares

Ben Affleck (‘Argo’) became only the third winner of the DGA’s best director for a fiction film after failing to secure an Academy Award nomination in the same category.  The victory follows hot on the heels of  ‘Argo’ taking the top prize at the PGA and SAG awards last weekend, when the Iranian hostage drama became the firm frontrunner for the Academy Award’s best film.  Affleck was the only nominee not to have won the DGA award previously.


Malik Bendjelloul (Searching For Sugar Man) took the best director for a documentary film.  The popular rock-doc is also nominated for a best documentary Oscar and is the current favourite to take the award.


The DGA honoured Milos Forman (‘One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest’) with a lifetime achievement award.


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