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Oscars 2016: DGA Awards

Damien Chazelle won for La La Land. Shit’s locked, folks. In case you didn’t know already.

I figured I wouldn’t waste your time with a bullshit introduction and all that stuff.

Damien Chazelle won the DGA Award for La La Land, the award that is so accurate that only seven times in the history of the Oscars has it ever differed from the eventual Best Director winner. And two of those times, the person wasn’t even nominated. So we’re looking at 90% confirmation, and then taking into account the two times the winner wasn’t nominated (and assuming the next obvious choice), 93%.

Shit’s locked, guys. Good night, let’s go home, Picture and Director are sealed and now we just gotta figure out how many Oscars La La Land is winning and focus on some of the technical categories and acting categories to try to get some of the more contentious ones right.

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Oscars 2016: DGA Nominations

The DGA Nominations are here, and pretty much all the clay we’re gonna get to guess what the Oscar nominees are is in our collective possession.

Based on what the frontrunners are for Best Picture, I’d say they pretty much went chalk here. Though the DGA is notorious for only getting 4 of the 5 nominees, with at least one other entry making it on that feels more like a directors branch choice than a populist “frontrunner.” Think Lenny Abrahamson for Room last year, or Bennett Miller for Foxcatcher in 2014, or Michael Haneke and Benh Zeitlin in 2012. There should be something you don’t expect as much. It’s not like 2013 where all five nominees are major players (that year was Scorsese, David O. Russell, Alexander Payne, Alfonso Cuaron and Steve McQueen, established names or frontrunners based on their films).

So I’d feel safe saying not all of these five will make it on the final list, but it’s also a good measuring stick for where their heads are at.

Here are your 2016 DGA nominees: (more…)


Oscars 2015: DGA Awards

They gave out the DGA Awards earlier tonight. Or, I guess yesterday, since it’s like 3am now.

Alejandro G. Inarritu won for The Revenant.

So Best Director is pretty much a wrap. The DGA is the most accurate precursor of all of them.

The back-t0-back Best Director feat has only happened once before: Joseph L. Mankiewicz in 1949 and 1950, for A Letter to Three Wives and All About Eve. Mankiewicz also won Best Screenplay for both of those efforts on top of that. The Revenant wasn’t nominated for Screenplay this year, otherwise that also would have been in play.

BAFTA announces in a week. They’re the only ones that could potentially pull for an alternate winner. Though at this point, who could that even be?

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Oscars 2015: DGA Nominations

The last major guild we were waiting for has announced. It’s DGA time.

Typically, the DGA matches the Oscars four out of five. This year, they theoretically could go five out of five.

Nothing seemed overly surprising with their choices. There was only one moderately surprising entry, but even that was a film that’s looking to be a major player. So really it’s just gonna be about figuring what could knock any of these nominees off the final list.

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Oscars 2014: DGA Awards

The DGA Awards were tonight.

And… while the result was a distinct possibility, I somehow did not expect it to happen.

Alejandro G. Inarritu won for Birdman.

Which means Birdman has now won the PGA, the DGA, Best Ensemble at SAG, yet lost the Globe and BFCA. Though the two that matter, it has. And it’s the most nominated film at the Oscars. This might happen, guys. It feels weird.

BAFTA is tomorrow, though. Really interested to see which way they go.

I’m not willing to say the tide has turned until I see which way BAFTA goes. If that happens, and it wins BAFTA, look out.

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Oscars 2014: DGA Nominations

The DGA announced their nominations today.

Not a very surprising list, honestly.

Here it is:

Best Director

Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel

Clint Eastwood, American Sniper

Alejandro G. Inarritu, Birdman

Richard Linklater, Boyhood

Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game (more…)


Oscars 2013 Update: DGA Awards

So, Alfonso Cuaron just won the DGA.

That about sews that one up.

Unless we’re in for a real shocker.

Which no one expects.

Best Picture race — still interesting. Now we actually have to look to the BAFTAs for help. (Boy, that’ll be interesting.

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