DGA Unveils Documentary Award Nominations

The Act of Killing Still - H 2012
Joshua Oppenheimer

The Act of Killing Still - H 2012

The winners will be announced at a Jan. 25 ceremony.

The Directors Guild of America on Monday announced the nominees for its documentary award. The directors nominated are Zachary Heinzerling's Cutie and the Boxer, a portrait of two artists in a long-standing marriage; Jehane Noujaim's The Square, an on-the-scene account of the Egyptian Revolution of 2011; Joshua Oppenheimer's The Act of Killing, in which Indonesian death squad leaders re-enact their crimes in the style of Hollywood movies; Sarah Polley's Stories We Tell, in which the actress investigates family secrets; and Lucy Walker's The Crash Reel, which looks at the aftermath of incapacitating injuries suffered by snowboarder Kevin Pearce.

All five films also are on the shortlist of 15 documentaries from which the five Academy Award nominees for documentary feature will be chosen.

The DGA winners will be announced at the 66th annual DGA Awards ceremony, taking place Jan. 25 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles. Jane Lynch is set to host.

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The guild previously announced its nominations in the feature film and television categories.

A complete list of documentary nominees follows:

Cutie and the Boxer
Radius TWC
Ex Lion Tamer
Cine Mosaic

This is Heinzerling’s first DGA Award nomination.

The Square
Participant Media
Noujaim Films
Maktube Productions
Roast Beef Productions?

This is Noujaim’s third DGA Award nomination. She won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary for Startup.com in 2001 (together with Chris Hegedus) and was also nominated in this category in 2004 for Control Room.

The Act of Killing
Final Cut for Real APS
Drafthouse Films
Piraya Films
Novaya Zemlya Ltd.
Spring Films Ltd.

This is Oppenheimer’s first DGA Award nomination.

Stories We Tell
Roadside Attractions
The National Film Board of Canada

This is Polley’s first DGA Award nomination.

The Crash Reel
HBO Documentary Films
KP Rides Again, LLC
Impact Partners
Tree Tree Tree Production

This is Walker’s first DGA Award nomination.

Also, as previously announced, Shondaland's Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers will receive the guild's diversity award during the ceremony. Lee Blaine will be presented with the Frank Capra Achievement Award, given to an assistant director or unit production manager in recognition of career achievement in the industry and service to the DGA. Vince DeDario will receive the Franklin J. Schaffner Achievement Award, honoring an associate director or stage manager in recognition of service to the industry and to the guild.