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Directors Guild Awards 2018: Martin McDonagh and Christopher Nolan among nominees


Story by Jack Foley

CHRISTOPHER Nolan and Martin McDonagh have both been shortlisted in the Directors’ Guild of America’s 70th Annual Awards.

Nolan is up for his fourth DGA Award for his WWII epic Dunkirk but will be hoping that this is the first of his DGA nods to transfer into an Oscar nomination for Best Director – something that has eluded him so far.

His previous DGA nominations came for Memento (2000), The Dark Knight (2008) and Inception (2010).

McDonagh is nominated for the Golden Globe winning Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missiouri.

The remaining contenders for the DGA’s top prize, Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film, are Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water), Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird) and Jordan Peele (Get Out), the latter of whom also made the shortlist for Outstanding Directorial Achievement of a First-Time Film Director.

Peele is seen as a favourite to land the latter category given the success of his indie-horror hit.

He is shortlisted against Geremy Jasper for Patti Cake$, William Oldryod for Lady Macbeth, Taylor Sheridan for Wind River and Aaron Sorkin for Molly’s Game.

Both Sheridan and Sorkin are no strangers to the awards limelight, given they have penned the screenplays for the films Sicario and The Social Network. But both made their debut behind the camera in 2017.

Here’s the at-a-glance nominees list for both categories…

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film
Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk
Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water
Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird
Jordan Peele, Get Out
Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missiouri

Outstanding Directorial Achievement of a First-Time Film Director
Jordan Peele, Get Out
Geremy Jasper, Patti Cake$
William Oldryod, Lady Macbeth
Taylor Sheridan, Wind River
Aaron Sorkin, Molly’s Game