The Directors Guild of America released its nominees for the “Outstanding Directorial Achievement In Feature Film” today. Four of the nominees are being recognized for this achievement for the first time.
The list features directors who earned plenty of success in 2017 through their projects. Each movie is unique in its own way.
Fans and critics alike praised each movie. The DGA joins them in their approval of the films and nominees for the prestigious award.
“These nominees embody the excellence that comes to life when unique vision, craft and skill come together in pursuit of masterful storytelling,” DGA president Thomas Schlamme said. “Being nominated by their peers is what makes this award especially meaningful for directors, and I congratulate all of the nominees for their outstanding work.”
The winner will be announced February 3 at the Beverly Hilton.
Here is a roundup of the five nominees:
Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water)
The Mexican director earned his first DGA nomination. His ability to develop the story and direct the film deserves recognition. The 53-year-old may be a fan favorite after winning Best Director at the Golden Globes last Sunday.
Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird)
Gerwig was snubbed at the Golden Globes for Best Director, but she rightfully got her nomination here. She wrote and directed Lady Bird, a coming-of-age film following a girl and her relationship with her mother. Critics loved the film and so lady luck may be on Gerwig’s side come February.
Martin McDonagh (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)
McDonagh and his star protagonist, Frances McDormand, could be big winners this awards season. The film won Best Picture for a Drama at the Golden Globes. The first time nominee could elevate his career even more with a win from the DGA.
Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk)
Dunkirk, released in the summer, captivated audiences across the country. Nolan’s description and direction of the events make you feel as if you were in France with the soldiers. The movie brings Nolan his fourth DGA nomination, making him the veteran of the group.
Jordan Peele (Get Out)
The comedian earned a double nomination from the DGA board. He is also nominated for the First-Time Feature Film award. The horror movie from the mind of Peele carried conversations from February 2017 until now. A win for Peele would do wonders for his directorial career. You can only go up from here.