January 09, 2012 10:06am PT by Gregg Kilday
Directors Guild Feature Film Nominees Include Michel Hazanavicius for 'The Artist'
French director Michel Hazanavicius was welcomed into a circle of established American directors as the Directors Guild of America announced nominees for its outstanding directorial achievement in feature film on Monday.
Hazanavicius was nominated for The Artist, along with Woody Allen for Midnight in Paris, David Fincher for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Alexander Payne for The Descendants and Martin Scorsese for Hugo.
The nominations include two men who have previously won in the category: Allen, with four previous nominations, claimed the award for 1977's Annie Hall, and Scorsese, with seven previous nominations in the category, won the award for 2006's The Departed. He also won a DGA Award for television directing last year for Boardwalk Empire.
Fincher was previously nominated for The Social Network and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, while Payne was previously nominated for Sideways.
High-profile films that failed to earn DGA nominations for their directors include War Horse, The Help, Moneyball, The Tree of Life and Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close.
The 64th annual DGA Awards, hosted by Kelsey Grammer, will be held Jan. 28 at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland.
The DGA prides itself on the fact its feature film award is one of the best predictors of the Oscar for best director. Since the award was created in 1948, there have been only six occassions when its winner did not go on to take home the Academy Award for best director.
The nominees are:
Midnight in Paris
(Sony Pictures Classics)
Mr. Allen’s Directorial Team:
· Unit Production Managers: Matthieu Rubin, Helen Robin
· First Assistant Director: Gil Kenny
· Second Assistant Director: Delphine Bertrand
This is Mr. Allen’s fifth DGA Feature Film Award nomination. He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for Annie Hall (1977), and was previously nominated in that category for Manhattan (1979), Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) and Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989). Mr. Allen was honored with the DGA Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996.
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
(Columbia Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures)
Mr. Fincher’s Directorial Team:
· Unit Production Manager: Daniel M. Stillman
· First Assistant Director: Bob Wagner
· Second Assistant Director: Allen Kupetsky
· Production Manager (Sweden Unit): Karolina Heimburg
· Second Assistant Directors (Sweden Unit): Hanna Nilsson, Pontus Klänge
· 2nd Second Assistant Director (Sweden Unit): Niklas Sjöström
· 2nd Second Assistant Director (U.S. Unit): Maileen Williams
· Unit Production Manager (Zurich Unit): Christos Dervenis
· Unit Production Manager (U.K. Unit): Lara Baldwin
· Second Assistant Director (U.K. Unit): Paul Taylor
This is Mr. Fincher’s third DGA Feature Film Award nomination. He was previously nominated in this category last year for The Social Network and for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button in 2008. He previously won the DGA Commercial Award for Speed Chain (Nike), Gamebreakers (Nikegridiron.com), and Beauty for Sale (Xelibri Phones) in 2003 and was nominated in that category again in 2008.
(The Weinstein Company)
Mr. Hazanavicius’ Directorial Team:
· Unit Production Manager: Antoine De Cazotte
· Production Manager (FR): Ségoléne Fleury
· First Assistant Director (FR): James Canal
· First Assistant Director (US): David Cluck
· Second Assistant Director (US): Dave Paige
· Second Second Assistant Directors: Karla Strum, Ricky Robinson
This is Mr. Hazanavicius’ first DGA Feature Film Award nomination.
(Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Mr. Payne’s Directorial Team:
· Unit Production Manager: George Parra
· First Assistant Director: Richard L. Fox
· Second Assistant Director: Scott August
· Second Second Assistant Director: Amy Wilkins Bronson
This is Mr. Payne’s second DGA Feature Film Award nomination. He was previously nominated in that category for Sideways in 2004.
Mr. Scorsese’s Directorial Team:
· Unit Production Managers: Charles Newirth, Georgia Kacandes, Angus More Gordon
· First Assistant Director: Chris Surgent
· Second Assistant Director: Richard Graysmark
· Second Assistant Directors: Tom Brewster, Fraser Fennell-Ball
· Production Managers (Paris Unit): Michael Sharp, Gilles Castera
· First Assistant Director (Paris Unit): Ali Cherkaoui
This is Mr. Scorsese’s ninth DGA Award nomination. He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film in 2006 for The Departed, and was previously nominated in that category for Taxi Driver (1976), Raging Bull (1980), Goodfellas (1990), The Age of Innocence (1993), Gangs of New York (2002) and The Aviator (2004). Mr. Scorsese also won the DGA Award last year for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Television for Boardwalk Empire. In 1999, Mr. Scorsese was presented with the Filmmaker Award at the inaugural DGA Honors Gala, and he was honored with the DGA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003.