The Directors Guild nominations are out, and they’ve nailed it. The choices they made reflect what are certainly going to be the top five vote getters for the Oscars in Best Picture and Best Director.
The DGA chose Kathryn Bigelow, Lee Daniels, James Cameron, Jason Reitman, and Quentin Tarantino. Their respective films ‘ “The Hurt Locker,” “Precious,” “Avatar,” “Up in the Air,” and “Inglourious Basterds” ‘ were the ones I predicted would go the distance. If the Academy had only five Best Picture nominees this year, these would be the choices.
Who would be the runners up? As I said the other day, the Back five would be “Nine,” “An Education,” “Up,” “Invictus,” and “A Single Man.” Certainly, the combination of nominations from the Broadcast Critics and the Golden Globes would reflect that.
But good for the DGA for giving some authority to the season, and organizing what’s been a scattershot year of films into something cohesive.