DGA Nominations: The Director's Guild Likes Biopics, But Not 'Selma'

The Director's Guild of America released its nominations today for awards that will recognize achievement in feature film directing from 2014. The list features two biopics, The Imitation Game and American Sniper, and one film, Boyhood, that was made under circumstances that all but turn it into a biopic of its cast and director, Richard Linklater. But the biopic love ends there, and the DGA has no nomination to spare for Ava DuVernay and Selma. The full 2015 DGA nominations list is below.

Thanks to Variety for the list.

Three of these nominations seem quite well deserved (Anderson, Iñárritu, and Linklater) but the inclusion of Eastwood and Tyldum over other achievements, and the honoring of those two particular films over Selma, really sticks out.

WES ANDERSONThe Grand Budapest Hotel

(Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Mr. Anderson's Directorial Team:

Unit Production Manager: Miki Emmrich

First Assistant Director: Josh Robertson

Second Assistant Director: Ben Howard

This is Mr. Anderson's first DGA Award nomination.


(Warner Bros. Pictures)

Mr. Eastwood's Directorial Team:

Unit Production Manager: Tim Moore

First Assistant Director: David M. Bernstein

Second Assistant Director: Paula Case

Second Second Assistant Director: Clark Credle

First Assistant Director (Morocco Unit): Ahmed Hatimi

Second Assistant Director (Morocco Unit): Yann Mari Faget

Second Second Assistant Directors (Morocco Unit): Andrew Madden, Khalil Zghayou

This is Mr. Eastwood's fourth DGA Award nomination, all in this category. He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for Million Dollar Baby in 2004 and for Unforgiven in 1992. He was also nominated in this same category for Mystic River in 2003. Mr. Eastwood was honored with the DGA Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film in 2006.

ALEJANDRO G. IÑÁRRITUBirdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

(Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Mr. Iñárritu's Directorial Team:

Unit Production Managers: James W. Skotchdopole, Robert Graf

First Assistant Director: Peter Kohn

Second Assistant Director: Amy Lauritsen

Second Second Assistant Director: Catherine Feeny

Location Manager: Joaquin Prange

This is Mr. Iñárritu's third DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in this category for Babel in 2006. He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Commercials for "Best Job" (Proctor and Gamble) in 2012.


(IFC Films)

Mr. Linklater's Directorial Team:

Unit Production Manager: Cathleen Sutherland

First Assistant Director: Vince Palmo Jr.

Second Assistant Directors: Susana Jasso, Kathleen Tull

Second Second Assistant Directors: Mary Beth Chambers, Brian Franklin

This is Mr. Linklater's first DGA Award nomination.

MORTEN TYLDUMThe Imitation Game

(The Weinstein Company)

Mr. Tyldum's Directorial Team:

Production Manager: Suzie Shearer

First Assistant Director: Phil Booth

Second Assistant Director: James Manning

This is Mr. Tyldum's first DGA Award nomination.