And then there were five. With the announcement earlier today of the five directors nominated by the Directors Guild of America, the field just got that much smaller at least when it comes to predicting which film will win Best Picture at this year's Academy Awards. Of course these nominations also offer a good preview of which directors might get nominated for an Oscar, but not always as we saw last year with only two DGA-nominated directors making the Oscar shortlist.
The DGA nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Feature Film for 2013 are:
- Alfonso Cuarón, Gravity
- Paul Greengrass, Captain Phillips
- Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
- David O. Russell, American Hustle
- Martin Scorsese, The Wolf of Wall Street
The trifecta of Gravity, 12 Years a Slave, and American Hustle just solidified their front-runner status with the latter film getting notices in all of the main guild organizations showing wide support and true momentum. But I will be truly shocked if the winner isn't Cuarón or McQueen as they've pretty much dominated the season so far. If they do end up winning, then it would be the 7th straight year of a first-time winner. In fact, this streak will hold true if any of the nominees win other than Scorsese, who got his 12th DGA nod today.
NBR winner Spike Jonze, Golden Globe nominee Alexander Payne, and previous DGA champs Woody Allen and Joel & Ethan Coen found themselves looking from the outside, but I think at least one of them will replace someone on the road to the Oscars. I was especially rooting for Jonze and the Coen brothers, the latter of which have gotten way less love for their film so far this season.