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Tuesday, January 08, 2008

DGA Nominations

The Directors' Guild nominations are:

Paul Thomas Anderson, "There Will Be Blood"
Joel & Ethan Coen, "No Country for Old Men"
Tony Gilroy, "Michael Clayton"
Sean Penn, "Into the Wild"
Julian Schnabel, "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly"

I was hoping for one thing and one thing only when these nominations were announced, and that was PTA. So, I'm thrilled for him and this pretty much means "There Will Be Blood" is a serious player for Best Picture.

The DGA noms almost always match up with the Best Pic nominees. This is a weird year though, and I could see one or two of the DGA's picks missing out. I thought "Atonement" and "Juno" were locks for Best Pic nominations, but now who knows? I still feel like "Juno" has to be able to make it. "Atonement" may be this year's "Dreamgirls" or "Cold Mountain" -- the perceived frontrunner that falls from grace. Unlike those two films, though, "Atonement" is an excellent movie, so its fate is a shame.


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