For genre fans who’ve long felt their films don’t get nearly enough awards season attention, that argument no longer flies this year. And today’s DGA noms only further cement genre’s ascension, as the prestigious award’s field is well represented by our favorite films.
And the nominations for the 70th annual Director’s Guild of America’s DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Feature Film for 2017 are… Guillermo del Toro for The Shape of Water, Greta Gerwig for Lady Bird, Martin McDonagh for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Christoper Nolan for Dunkirk, and Jordan Peele for Get Out.
Think about that for a second. A monster movie and a horror thriller just got honored by the DGA, one of the most respected guilds in Hollywood. And another contender, Nolan, is one of the directors most responsible for making comic book movies great again.
Peele was also nominated for the DGA’s award for first time directors, along with Geremy Jasper for Patti Cake$, William Oldroyd for Lady Macbeth, Taylor Sheridan for Wind River, and Aaron Sorkin for Molly’s Game.
The feature film noms come on the heels of yesterday's DGA Awards nominations for televison, where genre also represented mightily, with Game of Thrones, The Handmaid's Tale, and Stranger Things all being recognized.
One big name in genre that many folks were hoping to see get a DGA nomination didn't make the cut, though: Patty Jenkins for Wonder Woman, despite her film receiving a prestigious PGA Awards nomination. That leaves Gerwig as the only female contender on the features side.
With del Toro winning the Best Director award at last weekend's Golden Globes, the longtime genre director has momentum on his side. Whether that carries through to the DGAs, we'll have to find out on Feb. 3, when trophies are handed out. Who do you think will win?