Thursday, May 30, 2024

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.

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Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
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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