Director’s Guild of America Nominations 2012 Include Woody Allen and David Fincher

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.

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  • Genadijus

    Today I saw American version of “Girld with the Dragon Tattoo”, and I liked it very. D. Fincher created his own version of the first part of “Millenium” trilogy. He really deserves this nomination and I’m glad to see him in TOP5, but not sure about Oscars, Bafta is more predictable.

  • Luiz Angel

    Fincher didn’t deserve it.
    Malick did.

  • Calvin

    Moneyball has now been snubbed by the SAGs and DGAs; can someone with more knowledge about the Oscar race tell me if interest is still there?

  • I rather love all the directors who made it in, but Payne and Scorsese were not deserving for the quality of work they put out. I am happy with Fincher, though. “Dragon Tattoo” was an odd pleasure for me, and I thought his direction in that one in some ways surpassed “Social Network”, even if his previous film was a more cohesive effort.

  • I am totally on board with this, although I would swap Payne out for Refn or Malick… or in a perfect world, McQueen. But hey, we all knew that was impossible.

    As for Fincher, I have to brag that I totally called this one:!/dlackso/status/156426744772038656

    Also, if you aren’t following me on Twitter, get on that! Apparently I am using my account as of today. My first tweet in over a year and I make that prediction. Hell yes!

  • Can’t believe they didn’t nominate Malick!!! i knew Spielberg and Taylor wont make it but Fincher is a surprise !!!! i wont mind him getting an Oscar nomination too but i will certainly hate to see Malick and Miller not getting a nomination. Both Bennett Miller and Terrence Malick deserves best director nods :(

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