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Greta Gerwig 1st Woman to Get Second DGA Nom — for “Barbie” — Plus Scorsese, Payne, Nolan, Lanthimos

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Greta Gerwig becomes the only woman nominated twice for a Directors Guild Award, for “Barbie.”

She joins Martin Scorsese, Yorgos Lanthimos, Alexander Payne, and Christopher Nolan for the 2024 awards.

These noms, plus this morning’s SAG Awards, clarifies the Oscar race. Barbie, Killers of the Flower Moon, The Holdovers, Oppenheimer, and Poor Things would be the top 5 Oscar movies, with The Color Purple at number 6.

Completely shut out are directors of the fine Netflix group of movies including Maestro, Nyad, May December, and Rustin. Maestro’s absence stings because Bradley Cooper did such a stupendous job.

But also not there is Ben Affleck, whose “Air” has been largely overlooked. That’s a shame, too.

Gerwig’s is only the 12th nomination for a female director. It is much deserved. Even if you don’t agree with movie’s politics, there’s no question that “Barbie” is a singular vision executed at the highest level. Gerwig’s previous nomination was for her excellent debut, “Lady Bird.”

The nominees for OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN THEATRICAL FEATURE FILM FOR 2023 are (in alphabetical order):

GRETA GERWIG

Barbie

(Warner Bros. Pictures)

Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Manager: Michael Sharp
  • First Assistant Director: Josh Robertson
  • Second Assistant Directors: David Keadell, Matthew Milan (Los Angeles Unit)

YORGOS LANTHIMOS

Poor Things

(Searchlight Pictures)

CHRISTOPHER NOLAN

Oppenheimer

(Universal Pictures)

Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Managers: Thomas Hayslip, Nathan Kelly, Rafael Lima (New Jersey / New York Unit)
  • First Assistant Director: Nilo Otero
  • Second Assistant Director: Andrew Stahl
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Jesse Carmona
  • Additional Second Assistant Directors: Dixon McPhillips, Richard Molloy (New Jersey / New York Unit), AJ Jackson (New Jersey / New York Unit)
  • Location Manager: Patty Carey Perazzo (New Jersey / New York Unit)

ALEXANDER PAYNE

The Holdovers

(Focus Features)

Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Manager: Chris Stinson
  • First Assistant Director: Rod Smith
  • Second Assistant Director: John Nasraway
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Tim LaDue

MARTIN SCORSESE

Killers of the Flower Moon

(Apple Original Films / Paramount Pictures)

Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Managers: Daniel Lupi, Shea Kammer
  • First Assistant Director: Adam Somner
  • Second Assistant Director: Jeremy Marks
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Dominic Pacitti
  • Additional Second Assistant Director: Nuekellar Hardy

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In addition, Glatter announced the five nominees for the Michael Apted Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in First-Time Theatrical Feature Film.  The renaming of this award was introduced at last year’s ceremony, honoring our late Past-President Michael Apted’s vision in establishing recognition of outstanding debut work in feature film direction.

The nominees forthe Michael Apted Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in First-Time Theatrical Feature Film are (in alphabetical order):

CORD JEFFERSON

American Fiction

(Orion Pictures / Amazon MGM Studios)

MANUELA MARTELLI

Chile ‘76

(Kino Lober)

NOORA NIASARI

Shayda

(Sony Pictures Classics / ORIGMA 45)

A.V. ROCKWELL

A Thousand and One

(Focus Features)

Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Manager: Jamin O’Brien
  • First Assistant Director: Daniel Lugo
  • Second Assistant Director: Teena Marie Delerme-Lugo
  • Assistant Unit Production Manager: Rob York
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Donté Bouyer
  • Additional Second Assistant Director: T.J. Hallett
  • Location Manager: Joanna Lu

CELINE SONG

Past Lives

(A24)

Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Manager: Kerry Johnson
  • First Assistant Director: Ben Kahn
  • Second Assistant Director: Geraldine Schubert
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Dan Levy
  • Location Manager: Joseph Mullaney
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