And Win DGA Best Director?
With just one day to go till the announcement of the nominations for the Oscars, the Directors Guild of America has unveiled its nominees for Best Director. Clint Eastwood (American Sniper), Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Birdman), Richard Linklater (Boyhood), and Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game) are the five names that have been picked. The 15,000 member DGA–which makes up around 6% of the Motion Picture Academy voters–will announce the winner on February 7th. Of the five directors, only one has won the DGA trophy before: Eastwood (twice actually–for Unforgiven and Million Dollar Baby). Innaritu was nominated in 2006 for Babel. Anderson, Linklater and Tyldum are all first-time nominees. Anderson, Linklater and Innaritu are also in contention for the Best Director prize at the upcoming BAFTA Awards.
“Couldn’t be more excited to be recognized by my peers,” Tyldum said. “I am thrilled that my fellow directors gave me this honor, and to be in this group of talented artists is overwhelming. I am truly over the moon.” Directors who some were expecting to see nominated include James Marsh (The Theory of Everything), David Fincher (Gone Girl), and Ava DuVernay (Selma). Linklater won Best Director at last Sunday’s Golden Globes.