How the DGA Award Predicts the Oscar

Martin Scorsese DGA Oscars - P 2014
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Martin Scorsese DGA Oscars - P 2014

Statistically speaking, whoever wins out of the five nominees will become the odds-on favorite to win the Academy Award.

A version of this story first appeared in the Jan. 31 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.


Alfonso Cuaron


DIRECTORIAL TEAM: Unit production manager: David Siegel; First assistant directors: Josh Robertson, Stephen Hagen; Second assistant director: Ben Howard

? Cuaron received his first DGA nomination for Gravity, which earned him and fellow producer David Heyman the Producers Guild of America award.

David O. Russell

American Hustle

DIRECTORIAL TEAM: Unit production managers: Shea Kammer, Mark Kamine; First assistant director: Michele "Shelley" Ziegler; Second assistant director: Xanthus Valan; Second second assistant director: Jason Fesel; Location managers: David Velasco, Guy Efrat

? Russell received his second DGA nomination for American Hustle. He was previously nominated in this category for The Fighter in 2010.

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Martin Scorsese

The Wolf of Wall Street

DIRECTORIAL TEAM: Unit production manager: Richard Baratta; First assistant director: Adam Somner; Second assistant director: Francisco Ortiz; Second second assistant director: Jeremy Marks; Additional second assistant director: Scott Koche; Location manager: Nils Widboom

? Scorsese's nomination is his 11th DGA nom. He previously won the DGA feature award in 2006 for The Departed.

Paul Greengrass

Captain Phillips

DIRECTORIAL TEAM: Unit production managers: Todd Lewis, Gregory Goodman; First assistant director: Chris Carreras; Second assistant directors: Nick Shuttleworth, Mark S. Constance; Second second assistant director: Shea Varge

? Greengrass received his first DGA nomination for Captain Phillips. He's the only one of the DGA nominees who did not receive an Oscar nom.

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Steve McQueen

12 Years a Slave

DIRECTORIAL TEAM: Unit production manager: Anthony Katagas; First assistant director: Doug Torres; Second assistant director: James Roque Jr.; Second second assistant director: Sherman Shelton Jr.; Additional second assistant director: Nathan Parker

? McQueen received his first DGA nom for 12 Years a Slave and earned the PGA award along with Anthony Katagas, Jeremy Kleiner, Brad Pitt and Dede Gardner