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Alfonso Cuarón wins Directors Guild Award

Alfonso Cuarón wins Directors Guild Award

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FILM Feature Film: Alfonso Cuarón, Gravity Documentary: Jehane Noujaim, The Square TELEVISION Movie/Miniseries: Steven Soderbergh, Behind the Candelabra Drama Series: Vince Gilligan, Breaking Bad Comedy Series: Beth McCarthy-Miller, 30 Rock, “Hogcock!/Last Lunch” Reality Program: Neil P. Degroot, 72 Hours: The Lost Coast Variety/Talk/News Special: Glenn Weiss, 67th Annual Tony Awards Commercial: Martin De Thurah, “Human Race” for Acura

DGA Preview and Prediction

DGA Preview and Prediction

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This weekend, on January 25, the DGA will call out their winner for the 2013 film year. There are some things about this year that haven’t changed. The two films vying for the top prize still came out on or before Toronto/Telluride. Box office still isn’t going to play a part in the outcome. The critics have some say in how it’s gone down. The public is still completely taken…

DGA Sets Dates, Group Adds “Internet Programming”

DGA Sets Dates, Group Adds “Internet Programming”

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The Directors Guild has decided to add “internet programming” to its annual awards: In recognition of the increasing level of original programming being created by our directors and their teams specifically for Internet distribution, the National Board has determined that programs made for Internet distribution in the following eight categories are now eligible for nomination: Dramatic Series; Comedy Series; Movies for Television and Mini-Series;Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Regularly Scheduled Programming; Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Specials;…

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Lincoln, Spielberg and the Seeds of Time

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“If you can look into the seeds of time, And say which grain will grow and which will not, Speak then to me.” Twice during Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, a collection of glass plate photographs are featured. Lincoln’s son, 10-year-old Tad, is preoccupied with studying these photos, some of which preserve the images of African-American boys close to his own age. When President Lincoln comes upon Tad asleep by the fireplace…

Report from the DGA

Report from the DGA

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Steven Spielberg got a standing ovation, though Ben Affleck won the big award of the night — more if the Carpetbagger’s report at the DGA.

Ben Affleck wins the DGA

Ben Affleck wins the DGA

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Ben Affleck has just become the third director in DGA/Academy history to win the DGA without a corresponding Oscar nomination. Best Feature: Ben Affleck, Argo Best Documentary Feature: Malik Bendjelloul, Searching for Sugarman Televison Directors award winners, after the cut.

DGA Breakfast

DGA Breakfast

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DGA No Guts, No Glory

DGA No Guts, No Glory

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According to Oscar/DGA history, no director has ever won the DGA, lost an Oscar nomination for directing, then won Best Picture.  It’s not happened ever, going back to 1949. So if this is a crazy year, as everyone keeps saying, you will see something happen that has never happened.   On the other hand, it’s possible that (I don’t know for sure) the DGA has never announced after Oscar ballots…

DGA: How Auteurs Helped Shape Oscar History

DGA: How Auteurs Helped Shape Oscar History

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When was the last time a masterpiece won the Best Picture Oscar? It is perhaps not possible anymore, not with Twitter and more awards shows than there are people in Hollywood.  Voters can’t align around one so they choose never to align around any. As the DGA prepares their awards show for tomorrow night, and 14,500 of them are voting, it seems very likely it will go Argo’s way, throwing…

DGA Preview – Directors Matter

DGA Preview – Directors Matter

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ENTER OUR CONTEST! For 82 out of 86 Oscar years the directors have controlled the way Best Picture has been handed down. They matter. They are what the Academy was built to do: professionals deciding the best of the year. The entire Academy has looked to them for guidance in almost every year of their existence.  Yet this year, suddenly, they don’t matter. What they think doesn’t matter. They are…