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Directors Guild Gives Their Top Prizes To Bo Burnham And Alfonso Cuaron

Last night, one of the last of the awards season dominos fell when the Directors Guild of America had their annual awards gala. With the DGA having chimed in, it’s just left to BAFTA and their forthcoming show, in terms of what can really factor in to an Academy Award voter’s mind. There were two frontrunners going into the evening in the two major categories, though an upset was speculated in one. Go figure then, a surprise winner was crowned somewhere, but not where we all expected… In an upset, the First Time Director category did not go to Bradley Cooper for A Star Is Born. Instead, the Directors Guild gave that prize to Bo Burnham for Eighth Grade. Obviously, Burnham did strong work and is deserving, but this marks the first time that someone nominated in both categories did not win this one in a walk. Obviously,
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DGA Awards: The Complete Winners List

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DGA Awards: The Complete Winners List
Roma” filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron won one of the top prizes at Saturday night’s 71st Directors Guild of America Awards, beating out Bradley Cooper for “A Star Is Born,” Spike Lee for “BlacKkKlansman,” Adam McKay for “Vice,” and Peter Farrelly for “Green Book” for the feature film award.

Bo Burnham was also among the guild’s big winners, taking home the first-time feature film prize for his coming-of-age drama “Eighth Grade.” He was up against Cooper, Carlos Lopez Estrada for “Blindspotting,” Matthew Heineman for “A Private War,” and Boots Riley for “Sorry to Bother You.”

While Cooper lost out on both awards, two other actors-turned-directors were victorious: Ben Stiller and Bill Hader. Stiller won in the movies for television and limited series category for his prison-break drama “Escape at Dannemora,” while Hader won for comedy series for “Barry,” which he also toplines.

McKay didn’t take the top film award,
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Directors Guild Film Nominations Set: ‘A Star Is Born’, ‘Roma’, ‘Green Book’, ‘BlacKkKlansman’, ‘Vice’

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The Directors Guild has announced nominees for outstanding directing in a film for 2018, along with its annual first-time director noms. This year’s list includes a double mention for Bradley Cooper, who made his directorial debut with Warner Bros’ musical drama A Star Is Born, and Spike Lee, who gets his first DGA nom ever for Focus Features’ BlacKkKlansman. That may be a shocking statistic about Lee, but he has also never been nominated for the directing Oscar either. This year reps his best chance to break that curse.

The list, which also includes Alfonso Cuarón for Roma, Peter Farrelly for Green Book and Adam McKay for Vice, does not contain huge surprises but it is especially important as the guild has been a savvy prognosticator on who will be the eventual Oscar winner — in fact it has differed only seven times since the DGA started giving awards in 1949. Interestingly
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Directors Guild Film Nominations Show Oscar Leaders

In a year when the Oscar race is packed with popular films with flaws of one sort or another, the Directors Guild of America awards nominations provide a significant signpost of where things are headed. Golden Globe-winner “Bohemian Rhapsody” may be showing strong Guild support, but the DGA, which dictated that Bryan Singer get director credit for the film he left under fire (completed by Dexter Fletcher), did not go there.

The 2018 DGA nominations went to five lead auteur contenders for the Best Picture Oscar: Alfonso Cuaron for “Roma,” his second nomination after DGA-winner “Gravity,” Bradley Cooper for “A Star is Born,” Peter Farrelly for “Green Book,” Spike Lee for “BlacKkKlansman,” and Adam McKay for “Vice.” McKay was also nominated for “The Big Short.”

Cooper also landed a second nomination for first-time director. This marks Lee’s first DGA nomination; he is the fourth African-American director to be nominated for Best Feature by the DGA,
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Directors Guild Film Nominations Show Oscar Leaders

In a year when the Oscar race is packed with popular films with flaws of one sort or another, the Directors Guild of America awards nominations provide a significant signpost of where things are headed. Golden Globe-winner “Bohemian Rhapsody” may be showing strong Guild support, but the DGA, which dictated that Bryan Singer get director credit for the film he left under fire (completed by Dexter Fletcher), did not go there.

The 2018 DGA nominations went to five lead contenders for the directing Oscar: Alfonso Cuaron for “Roma,” his second nomination after DGA-winner “Gravity,” Bradley Cooper for “A Star is Born,” Peter Farrelly for “Green Book,” Spike Lee for “BlacKkKlansman,” and Adam McKay for “Vice.” McKay was also nominated for “The Big Short.”

Cooper also landed a second nomination for first-time director. This marks Lee’s first DGA nomination; he is the fourth African-American director to be nominated for Best Feature by the DGA,
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Directors Guild Nominees Include Bradley Cooper, Alfonso Cuarón

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Directors Guild Nominees Include Bradley Cooper, Alfonso Cuarón
The Directors Guild of America has nominated Alfonso Cuaron for “Roma,” Bradley Cooper for “A Star Is Born,” Spike Lee for “BlacKkKlansman,” Adam McKay for “Vice,” and Peter Farrelly for “Green Book” for its top feature film award.

Cooper also received a DGA nomination for its first-time director award on Tuesday, along with Bo Burnham for “Eighth Grade,” Carlos Lopez Estrada for “Blindspotting,” Matthew Heineman for “A Private War,” and Boots Riley for “Sorry to Bother You.”

Cuaron won the DGA and Academy Award for directing five years ago for “Gravity.” It’s the first DGA nomination for Cooper, Farrelly, and Lee. It’s McKay’s third DGA nom, three years after he received a nod for “The Big Short.” He also received a television nomination Monday for directing an episode of “Succession.”

There were no surprises in the DGA’s announcement, which came two days after Cuaron won the
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Guillermo del Toro takes the DGA prize while “Coco” runs away with the Annie Awards

Over the weekend, specifically on Saturday night, two big precursors went down. The Directors Guild of America Awards and the Annie Awards were held, help to solidify two Oscar categories. Yes, as you’ll see, there’s now no mystery left about what the Academy Awards will cite in the Best Director and Best Animated Feature races. Frankly, there hasn’t been for some time now, but the last pieces of the puzzle were put together on Saturday. Those two categories are coronations now, and rightly so, quality wise. With DGA being the final Guild, that also really does launch us firmly into Phase Two, where members of the Academy will be making their final decisions about who and what will receive Oscar gold. Below you’ll be able to see Annie and DGA results, which probably shouldn’t have surprised anyone. The former went for Coco across the board,
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Directors Guild of America 2018 Film Nominations: Jordan Peele and Greta Gerwig Make the Cut

Directors Guild of America 2018 Film Nominations: Jordan Peele and Greta Gerwig Make the Cut
The Directors Guild of America has announced its nominees for the 70th Annual DGA Awards in the feature film categories, including both feature film and first-film feature film. Heavy hitters like Guillermo del Toro (his first DGA nod) and Christopher Nolan (his fourth) made the cut, along with awards season favorites like Greta Gerwig for her “Lady Bird” and Jordan Peele for his “Get Out,” who pulled in nominations in both categories. Other first-timers of note include Aaron Sorkin and Taylor Sheridan, who both made the jump to directing with their newest features, along with “Lady Macbeth” helmer William Oldroyd and “Patti Cake$” director Geremy Jasper.

Notable missing names include Steven Spielberg for his “The Post,” Denis Villeneuve for his “Blade Runner 2049,” and Ridley Scott for his “All the Money in the World,” all of whom have received best director nods during the season from various guilds and voting bodies.
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