The Directors Guild of America have found their five best directorial achievements of the year, and it’s not too much of a shock to see that the five men nominated overlap at a lot of the precursor awards that have been announced so far. Favorites Alfonso Cuaron (Roma) and Bradley Cooper (A Star is Born) were among the nominees, but we also saw comedy directors Peter Farrelly (Green Book) and Adam McKay (Vice) make it in as well.
There was also a list of five first-time directors nominated this year, and it was no surprise whatsoever to see Bradley Cooper also fall into this category, as well as indie favorite Bo Burnham get his nod for Eighth Grade. It’s also great to see more recognition for A Private War, directed by Matthew Heinman, a film that has gone under the radar this awards season, minus a nomination for Best Actress at the Golden Globes for Rosamund Pike.
The DGA did not nominate a few notable names, like Ryan Coogler for Black Panther, Yorgos Lanthimos for The Favourite, Barry Jenkins for If Beale Street Could Talk, or Damien Chazelle for First Man. None of these directors were nominated at the Golden Globes, either, where we saw the five nominated DGA directors match up perfectly. And before anybody cries foul on John Krasinski not being nominated in the first-time directors race, he previously directed The Hollars, so he does not qualify this year for A Quiet Place.
Here’s the list of nominated directors:
Outstanding Directorial Achievement Bradley Cooper for A Star is Born Alfonso Cuaron for Roma Peter Farrelly for Green Book Spike Lee for BlacKkKlansman Adam McKay for Vice
Outstanding Directorial Achievement for First Time Directors Bo Burnham for Eighth Grade Bradley Cooper for A Star is Born Carlos Lopez Estrada for Blindspotting Matthew Heinman for A Private War Boots Riley for Sorry to Bother You
The DGA will announce their winners on Saturday, February 2nd.