It is the Oscar season and every organization, be it that of critics, screenwriters, directors or journalist, is busy nominating their list of awardees which are all precursors for the big O. The latest nominations announced have been for the Director’s Guild of America (DGA) Awards for outstanding achievements in a feature film.
Traditionally considered a true indication of what to expect at the Oscars, the DAG has nominated Christopher Nolan’s, Inception and ignored the other hot favourite True Grit of the Coen brothers which has grossed $110 million at the US box office. The Social Network has obviously made it to the list, making its director David Fincher a second timer. He was earlier nominated for The Curious case of Benjamin Button.
Christopher Nolan is also no newcomer here having been nominated for both his Memento and The Dark Knight.
Black Swan of Darren Aronofsky has made it to the list whereas Danny Boyles’ 127 Hours has missed the bus, after Danny made the cut in 2009 with his Slumdog Millionaire.
The Fighter also features on the list making David O’ Russell, the director along with Aronofsky, two firstimer’s on the DGA’s list.
The King’s Speech is the other obvious choice. The director is Tom Hooper.
A big noticeable omission here is of two female directors who have been touted as hot favourites for the Oscars- Lisa Cholodenko for her The Kids are Alright and Debra Granik for Winter Bone.
DAG, last year, created history after it awarded Katheryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker. She also won the Oscars, a first for a woman director .
Now, observers await the Oscar’s list to see if the DGA hit the hammer on the various nails right or not.