The Directors Guild of America has snubbed two of the hottest Oscar prospects for Best Documentary — IDA champ “Wasteland” and “Exit Through the Gift Shop.” While four of the DGA nominees — “Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer,” “Inside Job,” “Restrepo” and “Waiting for ‘Superman'” — are among the 15 semi-finalists at the Oscars, “Last Train Home” is not.
Among the DGA nominees, only “Client 9” helmer Alex Gibney has contended for this prize previously; in 2007, he lost for “Taxi to the Dark Side” to Asger Leth‘s “Ghosts of Cite Soleil” but went on to prevail at the Oscars. Among those Gibney edged out at the Oscars was “Inside Job” director Charles Ferguson for “No End In Sight.” “Waiting for ‘Superman'” helmer Davis Guggenheim won at the Oscars for “An Incovenient Truth” in 2006. Last year, “The Cove” won with both the DGA and AMPAS.
The winner of this DGA award, as well as those for film and television, will be announced on Jan. 29 at the 63rd annual edition of these kudos.