Scorsese, Allen, Fincher among nominees

Hugo filmmaker Martin Scorsese and Midnight in Paris creator Woody Allen were among nominees Monday for top filmmaking honours from the Directors Guild of America.

LOS ANGELES — Hugo filmmaker Martin Scorsese and Midnight in Paris creator Woody Allen were among nominees Monday for top filmmaking honours from the Directors Guild of America.

Also nominated for the 64th annual Directors Guild honours were David Fincher for the thriller The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo; Michel Hazanavicius for the silent film The Artist; and Alexander Payne for the family drama The Descendants.

The only first-time contender among the nominees, French filmmaker Hazanavicius could emerge as a front-runner for The Artist,” his black-and-white throwback to early Hollywood that has been a favourite at earlier Hollywood honours.

Scorsese has nine Directors Guild nominations and is a past feature-film winner for 2006’s The Departed, as well as a TV drama winner a year ago for an episode of Boardwalk Empire.

The family film Hugo was a departure for Scorsese, known for dark crime tales, and the movie also was his first shot in 3-D.

Allen has been nominated five times and won for 1977’s Annie Hall. He had not been nominated since his 1989 Crimes and Misdemeanors but has been on a critical and commercial resurgence for the romantic fantasy Midnight in Paris, his biggest hit in decades.

This was the third nomination for Fincher, who also was in the running a year ago for The Social Network. Payne was nominated one time previously, for 2004’s Sideways.

Missing out on a nomination was three-time Directors Guild winner Steven Spielberg for War Horse.

Also left out was Terrence Malick for The Tree of Life, an epic family drama that won top honours at the Cannes Film Festival but was a love-it-or-hate-it title among critics and fans.

The Directors Guild field is one of Hollywood’s most accurate forecasts for who will be in the running at the Academy Awards, whose nominations come out Jan. 24.

Most guild contenders go on to grab nominations for the Oscars.

Only six times in the previous 63 years has the guild’s winner failed to receive the directing prize at the Oscars.

Last year, Tom Hooper won at both the Directors Guild and the Oscars for The King’s Speech.

Fincher had been the favourite to win at the Directors Guild for The Social Network, but key prizes from Hollywood trade guilds built late momentum for The King’s Speech, which dominated the Oscars with four awards, including best picture.

The guild will announce its winners at a Jan. 28 dinner, with Kelsey Grammer as host.

Just Posted

Red Deer wants no repeat of Calgary Stampede deaths

North American Pony Chuckwagon Championship

Central Alberta firefighters’ wildfire expertise recognized

Clearwater County Regional Fire Services chosen to create crack firefighting unit

Amazon Prime Day kind of ho hum for local retailers

E-commerce giant Prime Day sale runs Monday and Tuesday

Innisfail woman facing fraud charges

RCMP allege woman stole more than $54,000

Visitors flock to Bluebird Festival

Annual festival takes place east of Blackfalds

Chavis’ grand slam helps Red Sox beat Blue Jays 10-8

BOSTON — Rookie Michael Chavis hit a grand slam, Xander Bogaerts had… Continue reading

Group wants charges in horse deaths during Calgary Stampede chuckwagon races

CALGARY — An animal welfare group is renewing its call for cruelty… Continue reading

Cannabis producer Organigram Holdings Inc. reports $10.2M third-quarter loss

Organigram Holdings Inc. reported a third-quarter loss as revenue slipped amid lower… Continue reading

Churches jump into action with threat of immigration sweeps

CHICAGO — As a nationwide immigration crackdown loomed, religious leaders across the… Continue reading

Some in GOP rebuke Trump, but party leaders still silent

WASHINGTON — Top Republicans remained largely silent after President Donald Trump said… Continue reading

You don’t feel alientated, Trudeau tells western Canadians

National unity is not being threatened by the federal government’s attack on… Continue reading

Final blast of torrential rains unleashed by weakened Barry

NEW ORLEANS — Tropical Depression Barry spared New Orleans from catastrophic flooding,… Continue reading

Evidence erased by police would have freed wrongfully convicted man: defence lawyer

HALIFAX — A defence lawyer who fought to free Glen Assoun from… Continue reading

Most Read