Greta Gerwig and Jordan Peele Bring Diversity to Directors Guild Nominations

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The Directors Guild of America has nominated Guillermo del Toro, Christopher Nolan, Martin McDonagh, Greta Gerwig and Jordan Peele as the best feature-film directors of 2017.

Del Toro was nominated for “The Shape of Water,” Nolan for “Dunkirk,” McDonagh for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Gerwig for “Lady Bird” and Peele for “Get Out.”

The lineup is unusually diverse for the DGA. Peele is only the fourth black man to be nominated in the category, after Lee Daniels, Steve McQueen and Barry Jenkins. (None have won.)

Gerwig is the seventh woman, following Lina Wertmuller, Barbra Streisand, Jane Campion, Sofia Coppola, Valerie Faris (nominated with her husband, Jonathan Dayton) and Kathryn Bigelow (who was nominated twice, and is the only woman who has won).

Despite the scarcity of both female and black nominees in the past, this is not the first time that the DGA has nominated both in the same year. The 2009 lineup included both Bigelow, who won for “The Hurt Locker,” and Daniels, who was nominated for “Precious.”

Peele was also nominated in the Directors Guild category for first-time feature filmmakers, along with Geremy Jasper (“Patti Cake$”), William Oldroyd (“Lady Macbeth”), Taylor Sheridan (“Wind River”) and Aaron Sorkin (“Molly’s Game”).

Missing from the Directors Guild slate of nominees: Steven Spielberg for “The Post” and Luca Guadagnino for “Call Me by Your Name.”

All four major Hollywood guilds have now released their nominations, with “Lady Bird” and “Get Out” the only films that have run the table and received nominations from the Directors Guild, Producers Guild and Writers Guild, as well as a Screen Actors Guild ensemble-cast nomination.

“Three Billboards” was nominated by the DGA, PGA and SAG and wasn’t eligible under WGA rules.

Most years, four of the five DGA nominees go on to receive Oscar nominations. Since 2000, all five nominees have matched only twice, while three of the five matched twice and only two of the five matched once, after a bizarre vote by the Academy’s Directors Branch in 2012.

When it comes to predicting Oscar winners, the DGA is among the most reliable of the Hollywood guilds. In the 69 years of the DGA Awards, its winner has also won the Oscar for Best Director 62 times, including 13 of the last 14 years.

The winning director’s film has won the Best Picture Oscar 52 times.

The 70th Annual DGA Awards will take place on Feb. 3 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, and will be hosted by Judd Apatow.

The nominations:

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN FEATURE FILM FOR 2017

GUILLERMO del TORO
“The Shape of Water”
(Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Mr. del Toro’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: J. Miles Dale
Production Manager: Dennis Chapman
First Assistant Director: Pierre Henry
Second Assistant Director: Tyler Delben
This is Mr. del Toro’s first DGA Award nomination

GRETA GERWIG
“Lady Bird”
(A24)

Ms. Gerwig’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Managers: Lila Yacoub, Danielle Blumstein, Jamin O’Brien (New York Crew)
First Assistant Directors: Jonas Spaccarotelli, Cedric Vara (New York Crew)
Second Assistant Director: Brendan Lee, Dana Zolli (New York Crew)
Second Second Assistant Directors: Lillian Awa, Teri Barber
This is Ms. Gerwig’s first DGA Award nomination.

MARTIN McDONAGH
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
(Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Mr. McDonagh’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Bergen Swanson
Assistant Unit Production Manager: Peggy Robinson
First Assistant Director: Peter Kohn
Second Assistant Director: Paula Case
Second Second Assistant Director: Spencer Taylor
This is Mr. McDonagh’s first DGA Award nomination.

CHRISTOPHER NOLAN
“Dunkirk”
(Warner Bros.)

Mr. Nolan’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Managers: David Witz, Christine Raspillere (France Unit), Chris Brock (UK Unit), Nicky Tüske (Netherlands Unit)
First Assistant Directors: Nilo Otero, William Pruss (France Unit), Willem Quarles van Ufford (Netherlands Unit)
Second Assistant Director: Eric Lasko, Nicolas Baldino (France Unit), Alexis Chelli (France Unit), Clément Comet (France Unit)
Second Second Assistant Director: Alina Gatti
This is Mr. Nolan’s fourth DGA Feature Film Award nomination. He was previously nominated for “Inception” in 2010, for “The Dark Knight” in 2008, and for “Memento” in 2001.

JORDAN PEELE
“Get Out”
(Universal Pictures)

Mr. Peele’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Managers: Marcei A. Brown, Rick A. Osako (Fairhope Unit)
First Assistant Director: Gerard DiNardi
Second Assistant Directors: Ram Paul Silbey, Marc Newland (Fairhope Unit), Jack McKenna (New York Unit)
Second Second Assistant Director: Maggie Ballard
Location Manager: Kurt Enger (New York Unit)
This is one of two DGA Award nominations this year for Mr. Peele. He is also nominated in the First-Time Feature Film category for “Get Out.”

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OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT OF A FIRST-TIME FEATURE FILM DIRECTOR FOR 2017

GEREMY JASPER
“Patti Cake$”
(Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Mr. Jasper’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Sara Blechman
First Assistant Director: Inna Braude
Second Assistant Director: Natasha Rivera
Second Second Assistant Director: Lucas Isabella
Additional Second Second Assistant Director: Alice Johnson
This is Mr. Jasper’s first DGA Award nomination.

WILLIAM OLDROYD
“Lady Macbeth”
(Roadside Attractions)

Mr. Oldroyd’s Directorial Team:
Production Manager: Robert K. Harm
Unit Manager: Eugene Galbrath
First Assistant Director: George Every
Second Assistant Director: Richard Stanley Jan Harris
This is Mr. Oldroyd’s first DGA Award nomination.

JORDAN PEELE
“Get Out”
(Universal Pictures)

Mr. Peele’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Managers: Marcei A. Brown, Rick A. Osako (Fairhope Unit)
First Assistant Director: Gerard DiNardi
Second Assistant Directors: Ram Paul Silbey, Marc Newland (Fairhope Unit), Jack McKenna (New York Unit)
Second Second Assistant Director: Maggie Ballard
Location Manager: Kurt Enger (New York Unit)
This is one of two DGA Award nominations this year for Mr. Peele. He is also nominated in the Feature Film category for “Get Out.”

TAYLOR SHERIDAN
“Wind River”
(Acacia Entertainment)

Mr. Sheridan’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Christopher H. Warner
First Assistant Director: Nicholas Harvard
Second Assistant Director: Jason Altieri
Second Second Assistant Director: Kristina Massie
This is Mr. Sheridan’s first DGA Award nomination.

AARON SORKIN
“Molly’s Game”
(STX Entertainment)

Mr. Sorkin’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Managers: Lyn Lucibello-Brancatella, Stuart M. Besser, Michael Beugg (Los Angeles Unit)
Assistant Unit Production Manager: Bart Lipton (Los Angeles Unit)
First Assistant Director: Walter Gasparovic
Second Assistant Directors: Penny Charter, Travis Rehwaldt (New York Unit), Paula Case (Los Angeles Unit)
Second Second Assistant Directors: Conor Griff (New York Unit), Drew Ritson (New York Unit), Bryan Snodgrass (Los Angeles Unit)
Location Manager: Dena Ghieth (New York Unit)
This is Mr. Sorkin’s first DGA Award nomination.

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