Saturday, January 25, 2014

Director's Guild of America (DGA) Names Gravity, Breaking Bad, and 30 Rock the Winners

On the film side of things Alfonso Cuaron has won the Director's Guild of America (DGA) Award for Gravity, giving the film a huge boost in both the Director's race at the Oscars, and now Best Picture.  The Best Picture winner rarely splits, last year it split because of the Affleck effect, while this year no front-runner is nominated without their director.  

The last time the was a split, before Argo, was in 2005 when Ang Lee won Director, and Crash won Best Picture.  This came out of bias.  There was also a split in 2002 when Chicago won Picture, and Roman Polanski won Director, The Pianist came on strong towards the end, and fits the Oscar agenda.  There was a split in 2000, Gladiator won Best Picture, and Steven Soderbergh won Best Director, this was a competitive year, and Soderbergh had two nominations.  The other split was the nail biter in 1998 between Shakespeare in Love which won Picture, and Spielberg took home director for Saving Private Ryan.  Since 1990 there have been 5 splits, which is not a high number, but they are becoming more common as of recent.  Is this a year of a split, or does the win at Producer's Guild of America (PGA), and DGA mean something.  Pay attention to the BAFTA awards, they will be the most telling barometer.

At the moment i am predicting a split, but I can see Gravity taking home Picture and Director, along with a boat load of technical Oscars.

X -- Alfonso Cuarón – "Gravity"
Paul Greengrass – "Captain Phillips"
Steve McQueen – "12 Years a Slave"
David O. Russell – "American Hustle"
Martin Scorsese – "The Wolf of Wall Street"

Zachary Heinzerling – "Cutie and the Boxer"
X -- Jehane Noujaim – "The Square"
Joshua Oppenheimer – "The Act of Killing"
Sarah Polley -–"Stories We Tell"
Lucy Walker – "The Crash Reel"

Bryan Cranston – "Breaking Bad" ("Blood Money")
David Fincher – "House of Cards" ("Chapter 1")
X -- Vince Gilligan – "Breaking Bad" ("Felina")
Lesli Linka Glatter – "Homeland" ("The Star")
David Nutter – "Game of Thrones" ("The Rains of Castamere")
Mark Cendrowski – "The Big Bang Theory" ("The Hofstadter Insufficiency")
Bryan Cranston – "Modern Family" ("The Old Man & the Tree")
Gail Mancuso – "Modern Family" ("My Hero")
X -- Beth McCarthy-Miller – "30 Rock" ("Hogcock!/Last Lunch")
Anthony Rich – "The Big Bang Theory" ("The Love Spell Potential")

Stephen Frears – "Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight"
David Mamet – "Phil Spector"
Beth McCarthy-Miller and Rob Ashford – "The Sound of Music"
Nelson McCormick – "Killing Kennedy"
X -- Steven Soderbergh – "Behind the Candelabra"
Dave Diomedi – "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (#799)
Andy Fisher – "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (#13-1810)
Jim Hoskinson – "The Colbert Report" (#10004)
X -- Don Roy King – "Saturday Night Live" ("Host: Justin Timberlake")
Chuck O'Neil – "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" (#19018)
Louis CK – "Louis CK: Oh My God"
Joel Gallen – "2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony"
Louis J. Horvitz – "55th Annual Grammy Awards"
Don Mischer – "85th Annual Academy Awards"
X -- Glenn Weiss – "67th Annual Tony Awards"
Matthew Bartley – "The Biggest Loser" ("1501")
X -- Neil P. DeGroot – "72 Hours" ("The Lost Coast")
Paul Starkman – "Top Chef" ("Glacial Gourmand")
J. Rupert Thompson – "The Hero" ("Teamwork")
Bertram van Munster – "The Amazing Race" ("Beards in the Wind")
Stephen Herek – "Jinxed"
Jeffrey Hornaday – "Teen Beach Movie"
Jonathan Judge – "Swindle"
X -- Amy Schatz – "An Apology to Elephants"
Adam Weissman – "A.N.T. Farm" ("influANTces")
Fredrik Bond
John X. Carey
Noam Murro
X -- Martin de Thurah
Matthijs van Heijningen

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