//DGA 2009 Nominees Are Announced

DGA 2009 Nominees Are Announced

Kathryn Bigelow
The Hurt Locker

James Cameron

Lee Daniels

Jason Reitman
Up in the Air

Quentin Tarantino
Inglourious Basterds

The Directors Guild of America nominations have been announced and the five nominees nearly mirror my Best Director Oscar predictions. With the love that Inglourious Basterds has been receiving this precursor season, it is probably a safe bet for me to bump Tarantino up into one of the top 5 spots. Invictus has been gradually losing steam and despite the Academy’s adoration for Mr. Eastwood, I don’t think it’s his year.

It is not common that the Oscar Best Director nominees and the DGA nominees match up 5 for 5, but this year that just may be the case. As I mentioned, Eastwood is quickly losing popularity so he is pretty much out. The Coen Bros. have an unappreciated film and are also dual directors, which is an automatic disadvantage. Lone Scherfig, director of An Education, is getting love from British journalists, but that’s about it. There are a few spoilers lurking on the outside like Michael Haneke for The White Ribbon or Neill Blomkamp for District 9, but the likely result is the above five are the Oscar nominees.

Your reactions to the DGA noms? Is this the Oscar five?

Alex started Film Misery in early 2009 after living the site’s title for many years. His film obsession began in high school when he and his friends would see all of the Oscar Best Picture nominees and try to make predictions...Full Bio.