For the first time in eight years, the Directors Guild of America Awards and the Golden Globes have shortlisted the same five directors as the best of the year. Bradley Cooper (“A Star Is Born”), Alfonso Cuaron (“Roma”), Peter Farrelly (“Green Book”), Spike Lee (“BlacKkKlansman”) and Adam McKay (“Vice”) received DGA nominations on Tuesday, two days after Cuaron won the Best Director Globe from the same lineup.
The last time DGA and the Globes went 5-for-5 was for the class of 2010. David Fincher (“The Social Network”) won the Globe over Darren Aronofsky (“Black Swan”), Tom Hooper (“The King’s Speech”), David O. Russell (“The Fighter”) and Christopher Nolan (“Inception”). But Hooper nabbed the DGA and then the Oscar; the academy only snubbed Nolan in favor of Joel and Ethan Coen (“True Grit”).
The DGA and Globes rarely match perfectly, given that there is no overlap in membership between the guild and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. The HFPA also has its trademark eccentric taste, sometimes yielding nominees who come nowhere close to an Oscar nomination.
Just last year, the group was criticized for overlooking Greta Gerwig (“Lady Bird”) and Jordan Peele (“Get Out”), opting for champ Guillermo del Toro (“The Shape of Water”), Martin McDonagh (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”), Nolan (“Dunkirk”), Ridley Scott (“All the Money in the World”) and Steven Spielberg (“The Post”). Natalie Portman memorably dragged the Globes for that final five during the ceremony, saying, “And here are the all-male nominees.” Gerwig and Peele made the DGA and the Oscar cut, along with del Toro and Nolan; McDonagh made DGA but was dropped for Paul Thomas Anderson (“Phantom Thread”) at the Oscars.
Chances are this year’s Oscar lineup won’t be these same five. For the past five years, DGA and Oscar matched 4-for-5, so one of these guys will likely miss. Or maybe we’ll get another crazy year like six years ago when the directors branch revolted and gave us the notorious lineup of champ Ang Lee (“Life of Pi”), Michael Haneke (“Amour”), David O. Russell (“Silver Linings Playbook”), Steven Spielberg (“Lincoln”) and Benh Zeitlin (“Beasts of the Southern Wild”). Only Lee and Spielberg received bids at the Globes and DGA, both of which were, of course, won by Ben Affleck (“Argo”).
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