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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 09: Director Greta Gerwig attends the National Board of Review Annual Awards Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on January 9, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for National Board of Review)
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At the Golden Globes last Sunday, while announcing the best director category alongside Ron Howard, Natalie Portman’s pointed dig about the “all five-male” nominees stirred up a firestorm on social media and was one of the highlights of the show.

Today the Directors Guild of America announced their five nominees for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2017 and they did only a little better, with one female nominee: Greta Gerwig for “Lady Bird.”

For the first time the DGA included Nominees for First-Time Feature Film Director Category but sadly none of them were directed by women. Jordan Peele was nominated twice in both categories for “Get Out.”

The other best director nominees are Guillermo del Toro, Martin McDonagh and Christopher Nolan. Steven Spielberg did not make the cut for “The Post,” nor did Paul Thomas Anderson for “Phantom Thread.” And sadly nor did Patty Jenkins for “Wonder Woman.”

Director Thomas Schlamme, President of the Directors Guild of America, says in the official press release announcing nominees that “2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the DGA Awards, and filmmaking has reached new heights with each passing year. These nominees embody the excellence that comes to life when unique vision, craft and skill come together in pursuit of masterful storytelling,” said Schlamme. “Being nominated by their peers is what makes this award especially meaningful for directors, and I congratulate all of the nominees for their outstanding work.”

The nominees for OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN FEATURE FILM FOR 2017 are (in alphabetical order):

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.

Paula Schwartz photo/Christopher Nolan

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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In addition, the DGA announced the five nominees for a newer category recognizing the achievement of first-time feature film directors.

The nominees for OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT OF A FIRST-TIME FEATURE FILM DIRECTOR FOR 2017 are (in alphabetical order):

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.

Paula Schwartz photo/Jordan Peele with “Mudbound” director Dee Rees

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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Winners will be announced at the 70th Annual DGA Awards on Saturday evening, February 3, 2018 at the Beverly Hilton.

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