Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Directors Guild Snubs Selma: Boyhood, Birdman, Imitation Game, Sniper, Budapest Are In


It’s not about race. I think it’s about sex/gender. The DGA snubbed “Selma” and director Ava Duvernay. Well, maybe it’s race and sex. Who knows? But the chances of “Selma” winning the Oscar were just wounded by the DGA, which chose Clint Eastwood, Richard Linklater, Alejandro Innaritu, Morten Tyldum, and Wes Anderson for their 2015 nominees.

No woman, no cry, someone once said.

So that’s it: American Sniper, Boyhood, Birdman, The Imitation Game and The Grand Budapest Hotel are the top 5 movies of the year. Also left out were Bennett Miller (Foxcatcher), James Marsh (Theory of Everything), Angelina Jolie (Unbroken), and this year, Paul Thomas Anderson (Inherent Vice).

Jolie and Duvernay can console themselves. Once Kathryn Bigelow won for “The Hurt Locker,” that was enough. And Steve McQueen won last year. Blacks and women have been rewarded. Now, back to the regular story.

Given this news, Thursday’s Oscar nominations are a lot clearer. It’s unlikely the directors branch of the Academy will be different than DGA voting.

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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