DGA Nominees Announced

The Director's Guild of America announced their nominees for best director, and there's no real surprises in the bunch, just a handful of great choices. The press release follows.

Directors Guild of America President Taylor Hackford today announced the five nominees for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2011.

“The directors nominated this year for the Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film Award have each demonstrated an inspired command of the medium. The fact that their prodigious talents have been recognized by their peers is the highest honor a director can achieve,” said Hackford. “I offer my most sincere congratulations to each of the nominees.”

The winner will be named at the 64th Annual DGA Awards Dinner on Saturday, January 28, 2012, at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland. The nominees are (in alphabetical order):


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


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


The Artist

(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


The Descendants

(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



(Paramount Pictures)

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

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