The Directors Guild of America announced the nominations for the 2012 awards today and they certainly change things in the Oscar race. The unexpected inclusion of David Fincher gives a huge boost to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and effectively puts the film back into the conversation for Best Picture. Fincher beat out predicted nominees like Steven Spielberg, Terence Malick, Bennett Miller, and Tate Taylor to secure a DGA nomination for the second year in a row.
It was also notable that Woody Allen received a nomination while Steven Spielberg did not. This means that Midnight in Paris has received the top awards from SAG, PGA, WGA, and now DGA and is a lock for a Best Picture nomination. It may be stronger than presumed leaders like Hugo or War Horse and could definitely mount a surge to overtake The Artist for the number one spot. We won’t really find that out until the Awards begin to get announced early next month.
Every director since the year 2003 who has won the DGA Award has gone on to win the Oscar and the DGA nominees often match up very closely with the Academy’s Best Director nominees. This year I suspect that might be the case with the possibility of substituting Spielberg back in for Fincher. Oscar nominations will be announced in two short weeks and it is exciting to see that the race is not over yet. Between now and then, anything can happen.
View the complete nominations below and let me know your thoughts in the comments!
Directors Guild of America Award Nominations 2012
Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
David Fincher, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Alexander Payne, The Descendants
Martin Scorcese, Hugo
The winners will be announced on January 28, 2012.