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The Directors Guild of America has chosen its nominees. And listen, this is the greatest indicator for the top 5 Best Picture nominees and the Best Director nominees. The five are Woody Allen for “Midnight in Paris,” Michel Hazanavicius for “The Artist,” David Fincher for “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” Martin Scorsese for “Hugo,” and Alexander Payne for “The Descendants.” Except for the omissions of Steven Spielberg for “War Horse” and Bennett Miller for “Moneyball,” I think the list is exactly right. If you add those two films, plus maybe “The Ides of March,” you’ll have the Best Picture nominees for 2011. It’s a solid list. There is simply no way that Terrence Malick’s incoherent yet daring “Tree of Life” is going to make it into the big final awards selections. Ditto Lars von Trier. And “Bridesmaids” is fun, but not a competitor. So that’s it. The DGA did a good job.

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also 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.
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  1. ‘Dragon Tattoo’ is a remake for heaven’s sake, a poor remake of the Swedish film, I don’t know why they bothered-no one can touch Noomi Rapace as Lizbeth Salander-do agree about ‘Moneyball’ and at the risk of touching a sacred cow, I have seen enough movies about corrupt politicians who can’t keep their pants on- I was very disappointed in Ides of March, have seen 10 performances by Ryan Gosling that were better, don’t understand the hoohaaa!

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