January 8, 2013

SHOWBUZZDAILY OSCAR WATCH: The Directors Guild Nominations


It wasn’t a great morning for the Weinstein Company, which saw both of its major candidates rejected by the Directors Guild of America in that organization’s nominations, the last to be announced before Thursday morning’s Oscar unveilings.  The DGA chose:

Ben Affleck, ARGO

Kathryn Bigelow, ZERO DARK THIRTY



Steven Spielberg, LINCOLN

Affleck, Bigelow and Spielberg were sure things, but this was good news for Les Miserables and especially for Life of Pi, a movie that hasn’t been at the forefront of the awards pack.  The surprise exclusions were David O. Russell for SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK and Quentin Tarantino for DJANGO UNCHAINED, both Weinstein movies, as well as Michael Haneke for AMOUR, among others.  Less surprising exclusions included Paul Thomas Anderson for THE MASTER (another Weinstein Company release) and Benh Zeitlin for BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD.

The only nominations that really count, though, are the ones that are less than 48 hours away.

About the Author

Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."