DGA lines up laurels
Noms for docs, TV, commercials announcedAlthough Ari Folman's animated doc "Waltz With Bashir" did not make the shortlist of 15 films under consideration for the best documentary Oscar, it is among the nominees for the Directors Guild of America's documentary award.
"Bashir" will compete with Gonzalo Arijon's "Stranded: I've Come From a Plane That Crashed on the Mountains," in which survivors of a 1972 Andes plane crash tell their story; Elizabeth Farnsworth and Patricio Lanfranco's "The Judge and the General," a look at the investigation into the regime of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet; Peter Gilbert & Stevie James' "At the Death House Door," an examination of the wrongful conviction of a Texas man executed for murder; and James Marsh's "Man on Wire," a study of tightrope walker Philippe Petit.
All the directors are first-time DGA nominees except Gilbert (who won the DGA's doc award in 1998 for "Vietnam: Long Time Coming" and was nominated for children's programming in 2003 for "A Time for Dancing") and James (who won the DGA doc award in 1994 for "Hoop Dreams").
Of the five films, "Death House" and "Man on Wire" are the only ones under consideration for the best documentary Oscar.
The DGA also announced nominees for TV and commercials as it readies for its annual awards dinner set for Jan. 31 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.
David Fincher, who received a DGA film nomination Thursday for "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," followed up with a nom in the commercials category for Nike, Apple and Stand Up for Cancer spots. (partialdiff)
Paris Barclay scored a drama series nom for an episode of HBO's "In Treatment" and a comedy series nom for an episode of Showtime's "Weeds." He has received seven previous nominations and won the drama series award in 1998 for an episode of "NYPD Blue."
"Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner earned a drama series nomination, his first DGA nom, for an episode of the AMC series. That was just the second TV episode he has directed in his career.
Other the drama series nominees are Dan Attias for "The Wire," Jack Bender for "Lost" and Alan Taylor for "Mad Men."
In the comedy series category, Barclay's fellow nominees are Julian Farino for "Entourage"; Paul Feig, "The Office"; and Beth McCarthy-Miller and Don Scardino, each for "30 Rock."
Betram Van Munster, who won the reality program award last year for "The Amazing Race," was nominated again this year for that program along with Tony Croll for "America's Next Top Model"; Scott Messick, "Pros vs. Joes"; J. Rupert Thompson, "Estate of Panic"; and Kent Weed, "I Survived a Japanese Game Show."
Nominated for TV movies/miniseries are Bob Balaban for "Bernard and Doris"; Tom Hooper, "John Adams"; Kenny Leon, "A Raisin in the Sun"; Jay Roach, "Recount"; and Mikael Salomon, "The Andromeda Strain." (partialdiff)