Monday, June 17, 2024

Legend: Steven Spielberg Becomes First Director to Receive DGA Nominations in Six Consecutive Decades


Steven Spielberg was just nominated for a DGA Award.

The first time the 76 year old was nominated for a DGA Award was 1976, for “Jaws.” He is now the first director to be nominated for the DGA in six consecutive decades.

His first win was in 1986 for “The Color Purple.” He won again in 1994 for “Schindler’s List,” again in 1999 for “Saving Private Ryan.” This is his 13th total nomination. His last one was in 2013 for “Lincoln.”

Rarely has a movie been as mishandled as “West Side Story.” But this nomination is a good sign. I really felt that “WSS” was the movie of the year. It missed a SAG Ensemble nom, and has been overlooked in some other areas. But now it looks like the Academy will come through. “WSS” and “Belfast” are the top choices for Best Picture.

Bravo, Steven Spielberg! What a career! And it’s far from from ending.

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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