With four of the Academy's five Best Director slots seemingly sewn up by Steve McQueen, Alfonso Cuaron, David O. Russell, and Paul Greengrass, the only question going into today's Directors Guild of America nominations was who would occupy that fifth slot?
Turns out to be Martin Scorsese, whose Wolf of Wall Street has now hit all the major guilds except SAG (who may have not seen it in time). Now this doesn't necessarily mean Marty is a shoe-in for a Best Director nod from the Academy, whose directors branch is much smaller -- and more prone to left-field choices -- than the DGA. But this does bode well for the film's Best Picture chances. It was looking like a contender on the bubble for a while, but it seems to have caught on with the industry.
This is all bad news for Nebraska's Alexander Payne and Her's Spike Jonze (although they could definitely still show up in the Best Director race), but it's really really bad news for the Coen brothers. Inside Llewyn Davis has now missed with not one, not two, not three, but all four major guilds. Not even a tip of the hat from the WGA! Is it possible that it could miss a Best Picture nomination? The f***?
To recap, the DGA feature film nominees are:
Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity
Paul Greengrass, Captain Phillips
Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
David O. Russell, American Hustle
Martin Scorsese, The Wolf of Wall Street
(UPDATE: JANUARY 11)
DGA documentary nominees:
Jushua Oppenheimer, The Act of Killing
Lucy Walker, The Crash Reel
Zachery Heinzerling, Cutie and the Boxer
Jehane Noujaim, The Square
Sarah Polley, Stories We Tell