Christopher Nolan + David Fincher DGA Award Contenders + Sandra Bullock BAFTA 'Snub'

Leonardo DiCaprio Inception
Leonardo DiCaprio in the Christopher Nolan thriller Inception

Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan), David Fincher (The Social Network), Christopher Nolan (Inception), Tom Hooper (The King's Speech), and David O. Russell (The Fighter) are the 2010 Directors Guild of America Awards' five nominees.

Missing from the roster are Martin Scorsese (Shutter Island), Roman Polanski (The Ghost Writer), Ben Affleck (The Town), Debra Granik (Winter's Bone), Lisa Cholodenko (The Kids Are All Right), Danny Boyle (127 Hours), and, most notably, Joel Coen and Ethan Coen (True Grit).

Aronofsky and Russell are first-time DGA nominees. Christopher Nolan was nominated for Memento (2001) and The Dark Knight (2008); in both instances he was bypassed by the directors' branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Tom Hooper had been previously nominated in the DGA's Movies for Television/Miniseries category for John Adams (2008). David Fincher received his first feature-film DGA nod for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008). He had previously won the DGA Commercial Award in 2003 and was nominated in that category again in 2008.

To date only five times have the DGA choices fully matched the Academy's shortlist: 1977, 1981, 1998, 2005, and 2009.

So, don't be at all surprised if the Coen brothers replace David O. Russell when the Academy Award nominations are announced Jan. 25.

Photo: Inception (Stephen Vaughan / Warner Bros.)

Black Swan
(Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Mr. Aronofsky's Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Manager: Jennifer Roth
  • First Assistant Dir.: Joseph Reidy
  • Second Assistant Dir.: Amy Lauritsen
  • Second Second Assistant Dir.: Travis Rehwaldt
  • Location Manager: Ronnie Kupferwasser

The Social Network
(Columbia Pictures)

Mr. Fincher's Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Manager: JoAnn Perritano
  • First Assistant Dir.: Bob Wagner
  • Second Assistant Dir.: Allen Kupetsky
  • Second Second Assistant Dir.: Maileen Williams

The King's Speech
(The Weinstein Co.)

Mr. Hooper's Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Manager: Erica Bensly
  • First Assistant Dir.: Martin Harrison
  • Second Assistant Dir.: Chris Stoaling

(Warner Bros. Pictures)

Mr. Nolan's Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Manager: Jan Foster
  • First Assistant Dir.: Nilo Otero
  • Second Assistant Dir.: Brandon Lambdin
  • Second Second Assistant Dir.: Greg Pawlik
  • Additional Second Assistant Dir.: Lauren Pasternack

The Fighter
(Paramount Pictures and The Weinstein Co.)

Mr. Russell's Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Manager: Mark Kamine
  • First Assistant Dir.: Michele Ziegler
  • Second Assistant Dir.: Xanthus Valan
  • Second Second Assistant Dir.: Timothy Blockburger

DGA Documentary nominations

Lixin Fan's Last Train Home, Charles Ferguson's Inside Job, Alex Gibney's Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer, Davis Guggenheim's Waiting for 'Superman', and Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger's Restrepo are the Directors Guild of America's nominees for the 2011 DGA Award in the Documentary Feature category.

Notably absent from the DGA Awards' shortlist are Banksy's Exit Through the Gift Shop and Amir Bar-Lev's The Tillman Story. Last Train Home, about a Chinese peasant family's long trek home, is the only DGA nominee not found on the Academy Awards' list of documentary feature semi-finalists.

All but one of the shortlisted documentary filmmakers are first-timers. The sole exception is Alex Gibney, who was nominated for Taxi to the Dark Side in 2007, the documentary about the American military's torture practices in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Guantanamo that earned Gibney an Academy Award.

The DGA Award winners will be announced on Saturday, January 29, in the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland.

Complete list of nominees below:

Last Train Home
Eye Steel Film, ITVS, Canada
Council for the Arts
Zeitgeist Films
Inside Job
Representational Pictures
Sony Pictures Classics
Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer
ES Productions
Magnolia Pictures
Waiting for 'Superman'
Public Education LLC
Paramount Vantage
Mr. Guggenheim's Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Shari Tavey
Outpost Films
National Geographic Entertainment

'Inception': American Society of Cinematographers Nominations

The American Society of Cinematographers has announced its 2010 nominees. They are: Roger Deakins for True Grit, Matthew Libatique for Black Swan, Wally Pfister for Inception, Danny Cohen for The King's Speech, and Jeff Cronenweth for The Social Network.

This marks Roger Deakins' ninth ASC nomination; one that will be accompanied by a Lifetime Achievement Award at the ASC Awards ceremony on Feb. 13 at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland.

Deakins previously won ASC Awards for The Shawshank Redemption (1994) and The Man Who Wasn't There (2001). He was a double nominee twice: in 2008 (The Reader and Revolutionary Road) and 2007 (No Country for Old Men and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford).

His nod for True Grit is his fifth in collaboration with the Coen brothers, following No Country for Old Men, The Man Who Wasn't There, Fargo (1996), and O Brother Were Art Thou? (2000).

Deakins has also earned eight Academy Award nods, but has never won.

Pfister's ASC nomination is his third – and his third for collaborating with Christopher Nolan. The previous two were for Batman Begins (2005) and The Dark Knight (2008).

Cohen, Cronenweth and Libatique are first-time ASC nominees. Jeff Cronenweth's father, Jordan Cronenweth, won the very first ASC Award back in 1986 for Peggy Sue Got Married.

Last year's winner was Christian Berger for his black-and-white work on Michael Haneke's The White Ribbon. The Oscar went to the glitzier and much more commercial Avatar, shot by ASC nominee Mauro Fiore.

Hollywood Rules BAFTA Longlists – But No Sandra Bullock?

Looking at this year's British Academy of Film and Television Award longlists, two things become (once again) obvious: a) The British Academy should have its name changed to the “Hollywood Academy.” b) No hype, no glory. [List of BAFTA 2011 longlist titles.]

Regarding item a): Of the 15 films on the Best Film longlist, 11 are US productions, three are British (including the Oscar-friendly The King's Speech), one is the Swedish blockbuster The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

Of the 15 Best Actor contenders, two are British (Oscar favorite Colin Firth and Another Year's Jim Broadbent), one is international Spanish star Javier Bardem (Biutiful), and the other 12 are either American actors or actors in American films.

Of the 15 Best Actress contenders seven are performers in American films, one is the Swedish Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), and the other seven are British performers or performers in British films, e.g., Tilda Swinton, Gemma Arterton, Carey Mulligan, Sally Hawkins. Among those, the only name with little-to-no international recognition is Brighton Rock's Andrea Riseborough.

Of the 15 Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress contenders, respectively ten and nine were featured in American productions. Of the 30 titles in the running for Best Screenplay (Original and Adapted), 17 are US-made.

Among the British or part-British films that failed to nab a nomination in the Best Film category are: Four Lions, Monsters, The Arbor, In Our Name, Cemetery Junction, The Disappearance of Alice Creed, Tamara Drewe, Kick-Ass, and, surprisingly, The Ghost Writer.

Regarding item b): Remember Sandra Bullock? The top box office attraction in 2009 in the United States? The actress who gave such good speeches in late 2009 that everyone was voting for her in early 2010 so she would enliven their otherwise tedious awards ceremonies? Sandra Bullock – last year's Golden Globe winner, SAG Award winner, and Academy Award winner. Can't remember her?

Well, you're not alone. Neither could the British Academy voters. Bullock, last year's awards-season darling and Oscar winner for The Blind Side, is nowhere to be found on the BAFTA longlist even though her film was eligible this year. But Sandra Bullock is so 2010, you know? No hype, no glory.

I remember five years ago, when actor Philip Seymour Hoffman and actor-turned-screenwriter Dan Futterman were winning every award in sight for the 2005 drama Capote. Too bad their movie opened in London only in 2006. When the London Film Critics' Circle announced their nominees in Dec. '06, Capote was shortlisted in only two categories (actor and screenplay) – it lost both. By then, Capote, much like another 2005 favorite, George Clooney's Good Night, and Good Luck., was deemed passe.

So much for those who insist that critics, and academy and guild members vote with their conscience; that hype and the incessant awards-season Oscar buzz don't influence their vote. Sure there are exceptions: a few hours ago, Giovanna Mezzogiorno, hardly what one would call a major Oscar contender, won the National Society of Film Critics' Best Actress award for the little-seen (in the US) Vincere. But such choices – unfortunately – are just that, the exceptions.

Christopher Nolan & Darren Aronofsky Thriller Among Cinema Audio Society Nominations

Motion Pictures:

Black Swan
Production Mixer
Ken Ishii, CAS
Re-recording Mixers
Dominick Tavella, CAS
Craig Henighan

Production Mixer
Ed Novick
Re-recording Mixers
Lora Hirschberg
Gary A. Rizzo

Shutter Island
Production Mixer
Petur Hliddal
Re-recording Mixers
Tom Fleischman, CAS

The Social Network
Production Mixer
Mark Weingarten, CAS
Re-recording Mixers
Ren Klyce
David Parker
Michael Semanick, CAS

True Grit
Production Mixer
Peter F. Kurland, CAS
Re-recording Mixers
Skip Lievsay, CAS
Craig Berkey, CAS
Greg Orloff, CAS

Television Movies and Mini-Series:

The Pacific Part 2
Production Mixer
Andrew Ramage
Re-recording Mixers
Michael Minkler, CAS
Daniel Leahy

The Pacific Part 5
Production Mixer
Andrew Ramage
Re-recording Mixers
Michael Minkler, CAS
Daniel Leahy
Craig Mann

The Pacific Part 8
Production Mixer
Gary Wilkins, CAS
Re-recording Mixers
Michael Minkler, CAS
Daniel Leahy
Marc Fishman

The Pacific Part 9
Production Mixer
Gary Wilkins, CAS
Re-recording Mixers
Michael Minkler CAS
Daniel Leahy

Temple Grandin
Production Mixer
Ethan Andrus
Re-recording Mixer
Rick Ash
Television Series:

24 (3:00PM – 4:00PM)
Production Mixer
William F. Gocke, CAS
Re-recording Mixers
Michael Olman, CAS
Kenneth Kobett, CAS

Boardwalk Empire (A Return to Normalcy-Episode 12)
Production Mixer
Franklin D. Stettner, CAS
Re-recording Mixers
Tom Fleischman, CAS

Dexter (Take It)
Production Mixer
Greg Agalsoff
Re-recording Mixers
Pete Elia, CAS
Kevin Roache

Glee (The Power of Madonna)
Production Mixer
Phillip W. Palmer, CAS
Re-recording Mixers
Joseph H. Earle Jr., CAS
Doug Andham, CAS

Modern Family (Chirp)
Production Mixer
Stephen A. Tibbo, CAS
Re-recording Mixers
Dean Okrand

Television – Non-Fiction, Variety or Music – Series or Specials:

Baseball – The Tenth Inning – Bottom of the Tenth
Production Mixer
Re-recording Mixers
Dominick Tavella, CAS

Deadliest Catch: Redemption Day
Re-recording Mixer
Bob Bronow, CAS

Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould
Production Mixer
Bruce Cameron
Re-recording Mixer
Ian Rodness

Great Performances at The Met: Armida
Music Mixer- Live Performance
Jay Saks
Re-recording Mixer
Ken Hahn, CAS

Lennon NYC
Production Mixer
Roger Phenix
Re-recording Mixer

DVD Original Programming:

30 Days of Night: Dark Days
Production Mixer
Michael T. Williamson, CAS
Re-recording Mixers
Eric Lalicata, CAS

Calvin Marshall
Production Mixer
Kent Romney
Re-recording Mixers
Mark Server
David Raines, CAS

Lost Boys: The Thirst
Production Mixer
Conrad Kuhne
Re-recording Mixers
Kelly Vandever
Todd Beckett

Space Chimps 2: Zartog Strikes Back
Production Mixer
Re-recording Mixers
Mark Rozett, CAS
Kelly Vandever

Tinkerbell and The Great Fairy Rescue
Production Mixer
Doc Kane
Re-recording Mixers
David E. Fluhr, CAS
Adam Jenkins

Photo: Inception (Stephen Vaughan / Warner Bros.)

Dublin Film Critics: Tahar Rahim & Jennifer Lawrence top acting choices

1. A Prophet
2. Winter's Bone
3. Toy Story 3
4. The Social Network
5. Dogtooth
6. Inception
7. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Remember His Past Lives
8. The Road & Bad Lieutenant
9. Mother
10. The Illusionist /A Room and a Half / Of Gods and Men

1. Jacques Audiard, A Prophet
2. David Fincher, The Social Network
3. Werner Herzog, Bad Lieutenant
4. Christopher Nolan, Inception
5. Luca Guadagnino, I Am Love
6. Clio Barnard, The Arbor
7. Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Uncle Boonmee Who Can Remember His Past Lives
8. Jessica Hauser, Lourdes / Giorgos Lantimos, Dogtooth
9. Roman Polanski, The Ghost Writer / Sylvain Chomet, The Illusionist / Elia Suleiman, The Time That Remains / Martin Scorsese, Shutter Island
10. Warwick Thornton, Samson and Delilah / Andrey Khrzhanovskiy, A Room and a Half

1. Tahar Rahim, A Prophet
2. Colin Firth, A Single Man
3. Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network
4. Ryan Reynolds, Buried
5. Viggo Mortensen, The Road
6. Nicolas Cage, Bad Lieutenant
7. Casey Affleck, The Killer Inside Me
8. Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart / Leonardo DiCaprio, Shutter Island
9. Mark Ruffalo, The Kids Are All Right
10. George Clooney, Up in the Air / Ben Stiller, Greenberg

1. Jennifer Lawrence, Winter's Bone
2. Lesley Manville, Another Year
3. Tilda Swinton, I Am Love
4. Gabourey Sidibe, Precious
5. Kim Hye-ja, Mother
6. Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right
7. Catalina Saavedra, The Maid
8. Juliette Binoche, Certified Copy
9. Catherine Keener, Please Give
10. Kristin Scott Thomas, Leaving

1. His & Hers
2. Savage
3. The Fading Light
4. The Pipe
5. Zonad
6. All Good Children
7. Pyjama Girls
8. Eamon
9. Foxes
10. Colony

1. His & Hers
2. Exit Through the Gift Shop
3. Restrepo
4. Catfish
5. Good Hair
6. American: The Bill Hicks Story
7. Mugabe and the White African
8. Capitalism: A Love Story/The Pipe
9. Pyjama Girls
10. Colony

Jennifer Lawrence – Winter's Bone

Ken Wardrop – His & Hers

Toronto Critics' Best Canadian Film: 'Incendies'

Denis Villeneuve's Incendies won the award for Best Canadian Film from the Toronto Film Critics Association earlier this evening. It was Villeneuve's second consecutive win, following his victory last year for Polytechnique.

Canada's entry for the 2011 Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award, Incendies is based on Wajdi Mouawad's play about Quebec siblings who, after traveling to the Middle East, uncover their dying mother's disturbing past. Two days ago, Incendies was named the top Canadian film of 2010 by the Vancouver Film Critics Circle.

Director Bruce McDonald, whose Trigger was also up for the Best Canadian Film award, was honored with a special citation for his four 2010 releases: the aforementioned Trigger, Movie Is Broken, Hard Core Logo 2, and the documentary Music from the Big House.

Source: Toronto Star

Awards Season Early January 2011 Calendar

Following a brief break around New Year's weekend, awards season in North America is back in full force. Earlier today, the Producers Guild, the Writers Guild, and the Vancouver Film Critics Circle announced their list of nominees. Additionally, the list of nominees for the London Evening Standard awards was also made public.

This morning, it'll be the Art Directors Guild's (ADG) turn to announce its roster of nominees. The same goes for the USC Scripter awards. The People's Choice Award winners will also be made known – if The Twilight Saga: Eclipse doesn't bag a couple dozen trophies the whole solar system will fall into disarray. In fact, expect the Earth to become the Moon's satellite.

Later on, we'll have the National Society of Film Critics winners, the British Academy's (BAFTA) longlists, Marta Etura and Jorge Sanz presenting the Spanish Academy Goya Award nominations, the Directors Guild (DGA) nominations, and so on. See below the awards season calendar for the next seven days:

Jan. 5 – ADG nominations; USC Scripter nominations; People's Choice Award winners

Jan. 6 – Cinema Audio Society nominations; Central Ohio Film Critics winners

Jan. 7 – BAFTA longlists

Jan. 8 – National Society of Film Critics winners

Jan. 10 – DGA nominations; Visual Effects Society nominations; Vancouver Film Critics' winners; New York Film Critics Circle awards gala presentation

Jan. 11 – American Society of Cinematographers nominations; National Board of Review awards gala presentation; Goya Award nominations

Jan 12 – Toronto Film Critics' Canadian winner

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  1. Guy Montag says:

    I watched both “The Tillman Story” and "Restrepo" at the theaters. I wanted to like "Restrepo", but it didn't move me nearly as much as "The Tillman Story" (nor was it as good a story). I'm disappointed "The Tillman Story" didn't make the cut.

    P.S. Reading Sebatian Junger's accompanying book to his movie,"War", provides much needed context to his film.