Arguably one of the most accurate Oscar precursor has to be the Directors Guilds Awards. The DGAs have a near perfect record with predicting the eventual Best Director Oscar winner. Since its inception in 1949, only six times has the DGA Award winner not picked up the Academy Award. The most recent being in 2002 when Rob Marshall was honored by the Directors Guild for “Chicago” but Roman Polanski won the Oscar statue for directing “The Pianist“.
With being such a perfect barometer, the DGAs are one Oscar precursor everyone takes notice of. As with the case all awards season long, there have been no sure bets and the DGAs continued that trend. The American remake of “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” was considered a disappointed for not being a critical and commercial success off the bat. That said in the past few weeks, the film has picked up steam at both the box office and with awards committees. It definitely is peaking at the right time. David Fincher who directed the film earned a nod, pushing aside a few front-runners. This nod marks the third nomination in the past four years for Fincher. He received recognition for both “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” and “the social network“.
Joining Fincher in the elite five are Michel Hazanivicius (The Artist), Martin Scorsese (Hugo), Alexander Payne (The Descendants) and Woody Allen (Midnight In Paris). The most notable snubs come in the form of Steven Spielberg and Terrence Malick’s omission. Both their films, “The War Horse” and “The Tree of Life” respectively, looked like sure things before the season began. Spielberg shouldn’t feel too bad. He’s been recognized by his peers ten previous times and walked away with top honors on three occasions for “The Color Purple”, “Schindler’s List” and “Saving Private Ryan”. Unfortunately the same can’t be said for Malick. The well-respected director has only earned one previous nod and no wins. Wah, wah, wah.
In other Oscar-related news, it was announced today that last year’s Oscar nominee Jennifer Lawrence will be revealing the 84th Academy Award nominations on Tuesday, January 24th. The reveal will take place at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills at 5:30am PST. I can’t wait. I love waking up early (or staying up late) to learn of the nominations live. Yup, I’m one of the biggest Oscar nerds you’ll find.