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Another Oscar pre-cursor award was handed out Saturday night.
Director Alfonso Cuarón won the DGA’s Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for Gravity. This top honor puts him in a good spot to win the Academy Award for Best Director on Oscar Sunday, March 2. The awards for 2013 were announced during the 66th Annual DGA Awards Dinner at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles. Other DGA nominees were Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips); Steve McQueen (12 Years A Slave); David O. Russell (American Hustle); and Martin Scorsese (The Wolf of Wall Street).
With just five weeks until the Oscars are announced from the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, 12 Years A Slave, which tied with Gravity last Saturday to earn the top award at the Producers Guild, seems to be in a three-way race with American Hustle which took home the Screen Actors Guild award last weekend.
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- Michelle McCue
The Directors Guild of America has announced the nominees for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentaries for 2013, and three of those honored are women! Yay!
The winner will be announced on Saturday, January 25 for the 66th Annual DGA Awards Dinner. Here's your complete nominations list:
Ex Lion Tamer
This is Mr. Heinzerling.s first DGA Award nomination.
Roast Beef Productions
This is Ms. Noujaim.s third DGA Award nomination. She won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary for Startup.com in 2001 (together with Chris Hegedus) and was also nominated in this category in 2004 for Control Room.
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This is Mr. Oppenheimer.s first DGA Award nomination. »
Jehane Noujaim's The Square, Sarah Polley's Stories We Tell, and Lucy Walker's The Crash Reel are three among the five nonfiction films to receive a Best Documentary nod from the Directors Guild of America. None of their nominations were surprising, as their films have racked up a number of prizes and honors this award season, but it's welcome news all the same. Noujaim was the only director not to be a first-time honoree among all five award hopefuls. She has previously been nominated by the DGA for the documentaries Startup.com and Control Room. As a sign of the changing landscape of film in general and documentaries in particular, two of the nominated films -- The Square and The Crash Reel -- will be released by Netflix and HBO, respectively. The DGA Awards will take place on January 25th. As previously announced, it will honor Shonda Rhimes and »
- Inkoo Kang
The Directors Guild of America has selected Zachary Heinzerling for “Cutie and the Boxer,” Jehane Noujaim for “The Square,” Joshua Oppenheimer for “The Act of Killing,” Sarah Polley for “Stories We Tell” and Lucy Walker for “The Crash Reel” as nominees for its award for top feature documentary.
The five are all among the 15 finalists for this year’s documentary Oscar. The five Oscar noms will be announced Thursday.
“The Act of Killing” won the top documentary award at Cinema Eye and “The Square” won the top prize in December at the International Documentary Association’s Ida Awards.
The winner will be announced at the DGA’s awards ceremonies on Jan. 25 at the Century Plaza. The DGA has already announced nominees in the feature and TV categories. »
- Dave McNary
This is history firsthand, in progress, and unfinished. An invaluable record of revolutionary spirit, and of the lengths to which a threatened leadership will go to preserve itself. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
We watched it on the news, but we never got the full story. (We never do.) On and off between late 2010 and 2013, thousands of protesters against “injustice, corruption, poverty, ignorance” filled Tahrir Square in Cairo, first demanding that despotic leader Hosni Mubarak step down, then to push for the change that the army leadership that took over promised and hadn’t delivered, then for free and fair elections, then against the even more dictatorial Mohammed Morsi, who won an election and granted himself pharaohic powers beyond what even Mubarak had. The fight for a democratic Egypt is far from over, which »
- MaryAnn Johanson
It’s the eleventh of February in Cairo, Egypt, 2011, and something’s in the air. Countless thousands have gathered for days to protest against the nefarious regime of President Mubarak in Tahrir Square, a nondescript public space transformed into a bustling hub of revolution. Later in the day, Mubarak steps down from his presidency, allowing Egypt some room to breathe and any number of bright new possibilities for its future. This cathartic opening for Jehane Noujaim’s latest film feels like a conventional finish for a more run-of-the-mill documentary, where the struggles of an entire country coalesce into one defining moment of resolution. But if we place ourselves in the present of 2014, it’s painfully clear that Egypt is still nowhere near achieving the democracy it deserves, and this is simply the beginning of an uprising as blood-flecked and tear-ridden as any that came before it – and Noujaim documents it »
- Gary Green
Netflix has announced a premiere date for the well-received documentary The Square. Directed by Jehane Noujaim (Control Room), the film chronicles the Tahrir Square protest movement in Egypt from the overthrow of military leader Hosni Mubarak in 2011 to the ousting of Mohammed Morsi in 2013. The pic appears to be a gripping look at the movement from the frontlines, capturing the immediacy and intensity from all angles. The Square picked up the Documentary People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival, and it will now be available for all to see when it premieres on Netflix January 17th at 12:01 am Pt. For a better idea of what to expect, watch the trailer for The Square after the jump. Here’s the official synopsis for The Square: The film captures the immediacy and intensity of the protests in Tahrir Square from the 2011 overthrow of military leader Hosni Mubarak through »
- Adam Chitwood
7 items from 2014
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