The Director’s Guild of America has named the five directors it feels are most deserving of the award for directorial achievement in feature film for 2012. The nominees include Steven Spielberg for “Lincoln,” Kathryn Bigelow for “Zero Dark Thirty,” Tom Hooper for “Les Miserables,” Ang Lee for “Life of Pi” and Ben Affleck for “Argo.”
Of those directors, Affleck is the only one who hasn’t been nominated before. The other four have won the DGA award at least once in the past, with Spielberg having been nominated 11 times and winning three.
These are all very safe nominations and ones that are likely indicative of what we can expect to see when the Academy Award nominees are named Jan. 10. Still, it’s disheartening to learn that Quentin Tarantino wasn’t nominated for “Django Unchained.” It seems like he will once again be overlooked this year, just like David O’Russell, Paul Thomas Anderson and Wes Anderson. Hey, at least we can be grateful that there were so many good directing contenders this year though, right?
The DGA award winner will be announced on Feb. 2.