January 7th, 2010
01:55 PM ET

Cameron, Bigelow among DGA nominees

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The Directors Guild of America announced its nominees for its best director award, and the list reads like a now-familiar rundown of 2009’s critical darlings.

“Avatar’s,” James Cameron, “The Hurt Locker’s” Kathryn Bigelow, “Precious’ ” Lee Daniels, “Up in the Air’s” Jason Reitman and “Inglourious Basterds’ ”Quentin Tarantino are the five nominees competing for the honor.

For directors, this award is “especially meaningful” because it’s awarded by their peers, Directors Guild president Taylor Hackford said.

This is the first time Bigelow, Daniels or Reitman have ever been nominated for a DGA award, and it’s only the second time for both Cameron (nominated in 1997 for “Titanic”) and Tarantino, who was given a nod in 1994 for “Pulp Fiction.”

Hackford congratulated the nominees this year for having "each expressed an indelible vision that transported audiences to vivid vistas of cinematic art.”

The winner, who will be announced at the annual DGA dinner on Saturday, January 30, 2010, is one of the most solid predictors for the best director Academy Award – the DGA Awards have only been off the mark six times since 1984.

James Cameron, for instance, won the DGA Award for 1997's “Titanic,” and then went on to snag the Academy Award that same year.

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  9. Ama

    No woman has ever won the DGA or Academy Awards for best director what gives ? 2010 should start the decade off with a
    win for Bigelow her film is taking place in reality at this very moment.
    Our guys seriously risking their lives that is what this film is about . Both awards belong to Bigelow !!

    January 8, 2010 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  10. BOBBY

    Cameron made an awesome technically advanced masterpiece but the roles could have been played by anyone, he really paid no attention to them the story line was predictable though poignant at certain times. I really did feel for the Navi..it was however definitely focused on the technical and in that sense it was great it will definitely define how we all watch movies in the future. For all around direction in terms of cast, acting story , plot and entertainment Tarantino should win. His talent is inspiring to say the least.

    January 8, 2010 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Josh

    In my opinion it should go to anyone but Quentin Tarantino. I have never liked any of his films. I find them to be over-hyped and underwhelming. I watched Inglourious Basterds over the holidays and I literally had to force myself to watch it in the hopes that my opinions about Mr. Tarantino might be altered. Unfortunately I walked away wondering why I bothered wasting my time at all. I have never believed that "A List" stars alone make for a great movie. Storyline, plot and character development go a long way in my opinion.

    January 8, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Chris

    The best, most entertaining, and over-all followed through should win. Cameron hands-down winner.

    January 8, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Tammy Bennett

    I was so surprised that no one has mentioned the phenomenal work of director Lee Daniels. After seeing the movie precious, I left the theater thinking I have got to see it again and purchase the DVD. Mr. Daniels brought to the screen a masterpiece of work that is both theatrical and a heart felt story that some viewers can relate to in their own lives. "I have never cried so much during a movie". Double Kudo's to Mr. Lee Daniels. He deserves this award hands down.

    January 8, 2010 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Markus

    I wanted to like avatar but came out thinking so what. Couldn't get into it at all. Great eye candy but no more. Every dramatic tool it tried to use just came off as a rehash of other movies (aliens, fern gully, pocahontas, star wars, dances with wolves.) It was predictable and I couldn't (I tried my damdest) force myself to care for the characters or their situations.

    January 8, 2010 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  15. Sara

    Hands Down James Cameron

    January 8, 2010 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  16. John White

    Saw "Avatar." Wanted to come out thinking, "Wow, what a great movie." Instead just kinda shrugged my shoulders and though, "Yeah, so what." Not a single bit of original story telling. Plus, CGI movies are entering the phase where you'd be disappointed if they weren't extremely lifelike. It's the least you can expect with $500 million.
    "Inglourious Basterds"? Now there's a movie from which I emerged thinking, "Wow, what a masterful work of storytelling and acting."
    Tarantino is a director; Cameron is an assembler. Tarantino pays homage to what has come before; Cameron just copies. Big difference.

    January 8, 2010 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  17. Everett

    Avatar has everything!!! James Cameron is a genius and nobody comes close. Just look at the worldwide response. People around the world love this movie and it continues to break records on a weekly basis. Avatar is making history!

    January 8, 2010 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  18. Steve

    Hey Sailor,

    With unbelievably successful movies, Cameron can tout his horn all he wants. Actors know what they are getting into when they sign with him. They are willing to put up with it because they know exactly the type of finished product that Cameron will yield.

    January 8, 2010 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  19. Tom

    Go Quentin! The movie of the year!

    January 8, 2010 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  20. Debra R

    Cameron may be an egotist (show me a director who isn't) and he may treat his cast badly (at least he does not refer to them as cattle like Hitchcock) but he makes good movies and is able to get the actors best performance from them.

    January 8, 2010 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
  21. Barbara

    Women have never won this award WHY ? Bigelow can compete
    with the big guys because her direction is superb.

    January 8, 2010 at 3:59 am | Report abuse |
  22. Ganesh

    Think, Cameron should win this year, both.

    January 7, 2010 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  23. deejay

    A real plot and story with Inglourious Basterds. Great acting and entertainment and a hit movie too. Tarantino was given credit by Christoph Walz for his acting in the movie.

    January 7, 2010 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Sailor

    Sean, if you were a diehard critic you wouldn't be saying that about Avatar or Titanic. Cameron is an egocentric jerk who cares about nothing but the bottom line of his movies. He treats his cast and crew like hell and then wallows in the rewards. Go Bigelow!

    January 7, 2010 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Sean

    no that doesnt matter!!! but james cameron's TITANIC and AVATAR were the only movies id cried in and really thought was GREAT and i dont say that to every movie!!! cuz im a diehard critic!!

    January 7, 2010 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Andre

    Go Tarantino! The real comeback story of the year.

    January 7, 2010 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Allan

    No on'e mentioning that Cameron and Bigelow used to be married. Isn't that kind of noteworthy?

    January 7, 2010 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Jay Kay

    Go Bigelow!!

    January 7, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  29. shaun

    Cameron Better Win For Avatar!

    January 7, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |

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