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Directors Guild Film Nominations: ‘La La Land’, ‘Moonlight’, ‘Manchester’, ‘Arrival’ & ‘Lion’

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The Directors Guild of America has unveiled nominations for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for its 69th annual DGA Awards, with  helmers Damien Chazelle

for La La Land,  Barry Jenkins for Moonlight,  Kenneth Lonergan for Manchester By The Sea,  Denis Villeneuve for  Arrival and Garth Davis for  Lion earning noms. All are first time nominees in the category, although Davis was previously nominated in the TV Commericial category. The latter was perhaps the most surprising as his film, more than its director, had been most speculated by pundits. The DGA membership clearly loved it.

The guild also unveiled its First-Time Director noms — that list gives Lion‘s Garth Davis two nominations for the same pic and raises the profile of The Weinstein Company pic as Davis has not scored any directorial mention in precursor awards.  In the short history of the

First-Time Director category this is also the first time one person has been nominated in both DGA categories. Also on the first-time list: Birth Of A Nation‘s Nate Parker  has been given a reprieve and vote of confidence by the DGA after his movie fell off the radar, in part due to controversy over college rape charges that surfaced several months ago. Deadpool’s Tim Miller also got a nomination on the first time director list for Deadpool, a movie that has been doing extremely well on the awards circuit despite that it falls in the less awards-magnet comic book hero genre, and that it came out way back in February. With PGA, WGA , Golden Globe and now some DGA recognition  this is very impressive.  The Edge Of Seventeen’s  Kelly Fremon Craig  and 10 Cloverfield Lane’s Dan Trachtenberg round out that list.

Left out of the marquee category mix this time are big names like Mel Gibson for Hacksaw Ridge, Denzel Washington for Fences, Clint Eastwood for Sully, and Martin Scorsese for Silence. BAFTA and Golden Globe directing nominee Tom Ford was also left off the list.

Last year, Alejandro G. Iñárritu made it back-to-back wins by taking the trophy for The Revenant, following Birdman the year before. Those both led to Oscar Best Director triumphs. Since its inception in 1949 the winner of the DGA and the winner of the Best Director Oscar have differed only seven times. It is considered one of the most reliable barometers of eventual Oscar success.

The DGA Awards are February 4 at the Beverly Hilton.

Here are the noms:

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN FEATURE FILM FOR 2016

DAMIEN CHAZELLE

La La Land (Lionsgate)

Directorial Team:

Unit Production Manager: Michael Beugg

First Assistant Director: Peter Kohn

Second Assistant Director: Paula Case

Assistant Unit Production Manager: Bart Lipton

Second Second Assistant Director: Brett Robinson

Additional Second Assistant Director: Dodi Rubenstein

GARTH DAVIS

Lion (The Weinstein Company)

Directorial Team:

First Assistant Director: Chris Webb

First Assistant Director: Ananya Rane (India Unit)

Second Assistant Directors: Mark Ingram (Australia Unit), Sunny Tiku (India Unit), KP Singh (India Unit), Shaunak Kapur (India Unit)

BARRY JENKINS

Moonlight (A24)

Directorial Team:

Unit Production Manager: Jennifer Radzikowski

KENNETH LONERGAN

Manchester by the Sea (Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions)

Directorial Team:

Unit Production Manager: Declan Baldwin

First Assistant Director: Michael J. Moore

Second Assistant Director: David Blazina

Second Second Assistant Directors: Tim LaDue, Scooter Perrotta

DENIS VILLENEUVE

Arrival (Paramount Pictures)

Directorial Team:

Unit Production Manager: Stan Wlodkowski

First Assistant Director: Donald L. Sparks

Second Assistant Director: Brigitte Goulet

Second Second Assistant Director: Karine P. Labelle

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT OF A FIRST-TIME FEATURE FILM DIRECTOR FOR 2016

GARTH DAVIS

Lion (The Weinstein Company)

Directorial Team:

First Assistant Director: Chris Webb

First Assistant Director: Ananya Rane (India Unit)

Second Assistant Directors: Mark Ingram (Australia Unit), Sunny Tiku (India Unit), KP Singh (India Unit), Shaunak Kapur (India Unit)

KELLY FREMON CRAIG

The Edge of Seventeen (STX Entertainment)

Directorial Team:

Unit Production Manager: Brendan Ferguson

Production Manager: Dan Clarke

First Assistant Director: James Bitonti

Second Assistant Director: Daniel Mansfield

TIM MILLER

Deadpool

(Twentieth Century Fox)

Directorial Team:

Unit Production Manager: John J. Kelly

First Assistant Director: James Bitonti

Second Assistant Director: Daniel Mansfield

NATE PARKER

The Birth of a Nation (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Directorial Team:

Unit Production Manager: Mark Moran

First Assistant Director: Tomas Deckaj

Second Assistant Director: Mark C. Stevens

Second Second Assistant Director: Scott Bowers

DAN TRACHTENBERG

10 Cloverfield Lane (Paramount Pictures)

Directorial Team:

Unit Production Manager: Robert J. Dohrmann

First Assistant Director: Jason Blumenfeld

Second Assistant Director: Paul B. Uddo

Second Second Assistant Director: Jonathan M. Warren

Location Manager: Batou A. Chandler

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