Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Directors Guild Awards 2018 Nominees Announced

Directors Guild Awards 2018 Nominees Announced

Lady Bird director Greta Gerwig was among four first-time nominees announced by the Directors Guild of America (DGA), one of the most influential groups in Hollywood because many of its members also are voters in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which chooses the Oscars.

Guillermo del Toro also scored his first DGA nomination for The Shape of Water, as did Martin McDonagh for his revenge tale Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Last year, "La La Land" director Damien Chazelle took the DGA's top honor as well as the Oscar for best director, though his Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling-starring musical romance lost Academy's best picture prize to Barry Jenkins's "Moonlight". Christopher Nolan got his fourth for "Dunkirk". Nearly all Academy voters in this category are DGA members, but the Director's branch in the Academy numbers only about 200 or 300 people versus the thousands that vote for the DGA awards.

First-time feature film nominees include Peele, Aaron Sorkin for "Molly's Game", Taylor Sheridan for "Wind River", William Oldroyd for "Lady Macbeth" and Geremy Jasper for "Patti Cake$".

Directors Guild Awards 2018 Nominees Announced

The film acknowledgements, released on Thursday (10Jan18), emerge a day after the DGA's TV nods were revealed, with Game of Thrones scoring three of the five mentions in the Dramatic Series category.

The TV movie and miniseries category also includes Barry Levinson for "The Wizard of Lies", Scott Frank for "Godless", Kyra Sedgwick for the Lifetime movie "Story of a Girl", Jean-Marc Vallee for Golden Globes victor "Big Little Lies" and George C. Wolfe for "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks".

The winners will be announced on February 3 at the 70th Annual DGA Awards.

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