Posted by: ckckred | January 10, 2012

The DGA Nominees: Where’s Spielberg?

The Director’s Guild Awards nominations have followed the SAG, PGA, and Golden Globes with bad nominees.  Many of the nominations with the DGA are actually fine, good job for Alexander Payne, Martin Scorsese, and Michel Hazanivicius.  But where’s Steven Spielberg?

I could complain for hours with this snub.  The reason being is that the DGA usually have a good reputation at picking winners.  And they’ve been favorable to Spielberg before, giving him the trophy for The Color Purple, Schindler’s List, and Saving Private Ryan.  But how come he got snubbed for War Horse?

Terrance Mallick’s exclusion for Tree of Life also was surprising.  Instead, David Fincher for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Woody Allen for Midnight in Paris got nominations.  I haven’t seen either film, but I can say I don’t mind Fincher in the category.  He is, after all, one of my favorite directors.

I’m not too sure Woody Allen should have taken that nomination though.  Sure, he’s perhaps the greatest comedy director and critics called Midnight in Paris his best film in years, but is he really a better director than Spielberg, who’s my personal favorite.

But that’s what most award shows are like these days.  Hopefully the DGA will improve next year.

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