If there was an Oscar precursor that was the most reliable, hands down it’s the Directors Guild Awards. Since 2000, they have only been wrong once when matching up Best Directing honors with the Academy Awards. Ang Lee who won for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon lost the Oscar to Steven Soderbergh for Traffic. As a side note, Lee later won in 2005 for Brokeback Mountain. Once again, the director finds himself in the running for this year’s race. He’s one of the lucky five nominated by the Directors Guild of America.
Even though the DGAs are bang on when predicting the eventual Oscar winner, their nominations don’t always line up with the Academy’s. Usually, there is one director who gets snubbed. Last year, David Fincher was nominated for The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, but Terence Malick was the one who received an Oscar nod for The Tree of Life. Same thing happened in 2010 when Christopher Nolan (Inception) was swapped out for Joel and Ethan Coen (True Grit). Given that there are so many directors in the running this year, I fully expect this tradition to continue. Find out all the nominees below.
2013 Directors Guild Award Nominees
- Ben Affleck, Argo
- Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty
- Tom Hooper, Les Miserables
- Ang Lee, Life of Pi
- Steven Spielberg, Lincoln
The nominations are pretty expected. Tom Hooper was arguably the most vulnerable in this category. He’s been losing steam while the others are gaining momentum. If Hooper is snubbed when the Oscar nominations are released on Thursday, I can see Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained), Michael Haneke (Amour) and David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook) stepping in.
Who do you think will win Best Director? Do you think the DGAs will correctly predict the winner once again? Sound off below.