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.

Author
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid 90s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, as well as for the real Parade magazine (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and has written for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, the New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News among many publications. He is the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

Leave a Reply