Directors Guild Announces Nominees - DGA

DGA announces nominees for outstanding directorial achievement in feature film for 2001 (January 22, 2002)


The Directors Guild of America today announced the five nominees for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2001.

The announcement was made by last year's winner of this award, director Ang Lee (CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON) along with DGA First Vice President Martha Coolidge. The winner will be announced at the 54th Annual DGA Awards Dinner on Saturday, March 9, 2002, at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.

The nominees are (in alphabetical order):

RON HOWARD
A BEAUTIFUL MIND
(Studio: Universal Pictures, Dreamworks Pictures)

Mr. Howard's Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Kathleen McGill
First Assistant Director: Aldric La'Auli Porter
Second Assistant Director: Kristen Bernstein
Second Second Assistant Director: Noreen R. Cheleden
DGA Trainee: Jane Ferguson

This is Ron Howard's third DGA Feature Film Nomination. He was nominated in 1985 for Cocoon and was the DGA Award-winner for his direction of Apollo 13 in 1995.


PETER JACKSON
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING
(Studio: New Line Cinema)

Mr. Jackson's Directorial Team:
Unit Production Managers: Nikolas Korda, Zane Weiner
First Assistant Director: Carolynne Cunningham
Key Second Assistant Director: Guy Campbell

This is Mr. Jackson's first DGA nomination.


BAZ LUHRMANN
MOULIN ROUGE
(Studio: Twentieth Century Fox)

Mr. Luhrmann's Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Catherine Knapman
First Assistant Director: Steve E. Andrews
Second Assistant Director: Jennifer Leacey

This is Mr. Luhrmann's first DGA nomination.


CHRISTOPHER NOLAN
MEMENTO
(Studio: Newmarket Capital Group)

Mr. Nolan's Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Page Rosenberg-Marvin
First Assistant Director: Christopher Pappas
Second Assistant Director: Michelle "Muggs" Pappas
Second Second Assistant Director: Michael J. Musteric

This is Mr. Nolan's first DGA nomination.


RIDLEY SCOTT
BLACK HAWK DOWN
(Studio: Columbia Pictures)

Mr. Scott's Directorial Team:
Unit Production Managers: Pamela Hochschartner, Branko Lustig
First Assistant Director: Terry Needham
Second Assistant Director: Darin John Rivetti
Second Second Assistant Directors: Basil Grillo, Emma Horton, Hannah Quinn

This is Mr. Scott's third DGA Feature Film nomination. He was nominated in 1991 for Thelma and Louise and in 2000 for Gladiator.


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The DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film has traditionally been one of the industry's most accurate barometers for who will win the Best Director Academy Award.

Only five times since the DGA Award's inception in 1949 has the DGA Award winner not won the Academy Award:

1968: Anthony Harvey won the DGA Award for The Lion in Winter while Carol Reed took home the Oscar® for Oliver!.
1972: Francis Ford Coppola received the DGA's nod for The Godfather while the Academy selected Bob Fosse for Cabaret.
1985: Steven Spielberg received his first DGA Award for The Color Purple while the Oscar® went to Sydney Pollack for Out of Africa.
1995: Ron Howard was chosen by the DGA for his direction of Apollo 13 while Academy voters selected Mel Gibson for Braveheart.
2000: Ang Lee was chosen by the DGA for his direction of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon while Steven Soderbergh won the Best Director Academy Award for Traffic.


**Comment: It is interesting to point out that the "front runner" for this year's Best Director Oscar - Robert Altman - did not even make the list. Altman has already won the Golden Globes, AFI Awards and a couple of critics awards. This opens up an interesting 3-way-race between PJ, Ron Howard and Ridley Scott! Check our messageboards for discussions on this and other awards. - chelseagirl**

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