Home Movies Directors Guild Nominees Put Oscar Race in Focus with Scorsese, et al

If you add the DGA nominees to the SAG Best Ensemble nominees, you probably have the Oscar nominees for Best Picture. Today the DGA tapped Martin Scorsese, Paul Greengrass, David O. Russell, Alfonso Cuaron, and Steve McQueen for respectively, “Wolf,” “Capt. Phillips,” “American Hustle,” “Gravity,” and “12 Years a Slave.”

Two of those– “Hustle” and “12 Years”– are overlaps. The other SAG nominees are “August: Osage County” and “The Butler” and “Dallas Buyers Club.”

That means Best Picture nominees should be “Wolf of Wall Street,” “American Hustle,” “August: Osage County,” “Captain Phillips,” “Gravity,” “12 Years a Slave,” and “The Butler.” “Dallas Buyers Club” has not been much a box office hit; I think only its actors will make it into their categories.

So that means there are three other spots. Who will take them? “Blue Jasmine” definitely gets one. “Nebraska” is the other.  The 10th spot could go to  “Philomena” or “Her.” Each is strong. “Inside Llewyn Davis” still has an outside shot.

Most underappreciated films of the year: “Lone Survivor” and “Rush.”

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