The Oscar race is starting to come into focus now, with the Directors Guild of America nominations giving us a pretty good idea of which filmmakers are going to get Academy Award nominations. The nominees for the 61st annual DGA Awards are:
  • Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire. This is his first DGA nomination.
  • Gus Van Sant, Milk. Van Sant got a nod for Good Will Hunting, too.
  • David Fincher, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Fincher actually won a DGA Award in 2004 -- not for a film, but for his TV commercials.
  • Ron Howard, Frost/Nixon. Howard won DGA Awards for A Beautiful Mind and Apollo 13, and was nominated for Cocoon.
The DGA nominees are a good indicator of the Oscars. Since 1970, 140 of the 190 DGA nominees (73%) have also gotten Oscar nods. And once the DGA winner is announced, on Jan. 31, we'll have an even clearer picture: The DGA winner has gone on to win the Oscar 54 out of 60 times.