Directors Guild of America announces 2009 nominees
The Directors Guild of America have announced their nominations for 2009, and it's almost swaying to one name instantly, despite what the critics have been saying in recent months.
However I do think it might go the way of popular opinion, even though I think the achievement should be going in another direction. Let's have a look at the nominations, what I think, are the two key runners.
Taylor Hackford, the DGA President, said of the announced nominees:
"The DGA Award is especially meaningful to directors because it is decided solely by their peers - the men and women who have been in the same trenches and know exactly what goes into the crafting of a unique motion picture...The five nominees for this year have each expressed an indelible vision that transported audiences to vivid vistas of cinematic art. My heartiest congratulations to all of the nominees."
I'm holding back aren't I, well let me tell you who the nominees are and let's get on with this! From the Directors Guild of America site, here are the nominees. As they say, in no particular order:
Kathryn Bigelow - The Hurt Locker
James Cameron - Avatar
Lee Daniels - Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire
Jason Reitman - Up in the Air
Quentin Tarantino - Inglourious Basterds
Well there are two names and films that stand right out from the crowd there, Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker (Filmstalker review) and James Cameron for Avatar (Filmstalker review), they've really pushed the boundaries of their roles and their films today, in different ways.
Bigelow has taken the production to some locations that others would never have gone near, preferring to film in areas deemed safer and less risky. However she's gone for realism, and the work involved in the production of that is something rather amazing. I think that's what makes this film such a stand out from the rest of the list, and perhaps that should mean it gains the recognition in production rather than direction? Locations aside it's a great film that is one of the top five of the year.
However then there's James Cameron, and not only on the production and technical sides, but also for the director getting stuck into all aspects of the film and developing it from scratch for years and years, and coming out with a mammoth success, one that wasn't predicted to be that big either. They developed new technology and directed a CGI film "live" rather than in the computer room after filming, and that raises his work above anyone else I'd say. He's created a new way of directing and the technology to go with it, pushing forward what's capable.
For me that sounds like he's a prime choice. However the critics to date have been saying Bigelow, and I'm no director (mind you neither are most of the critics!).
What do you think? Who should be the Best Director 2009 for the DGA?