DGA Documentary Nominees Announced

Wednesday, 12 January 2011 12:32 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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DGA Documentary Nominees Announced

After revealing the nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement for film on Monday, and the television nominees yesterday, the Directors Guild of America is keeping it up today by announcing their list of nominations for Outstanding Achievement in Documentaries for 2010.  I know that docs can’t really compete against mainstream movies and Teevee, but I happen to be a documentary nerd, from whom a guy like Errol Morris is basically a rockstar, so bear with me here.



Nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentaries:

Lixin Fan, Last Train Home

Charles Ferguson, Inside Job

Alex Gibney, Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer

Davis Guggenheim, Waiting for “Superman”

Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger, Restrepo


It’s a list of very worthy docs, though I find myself in a minority on Waiting for “Superman”, which was well made but ultimately reductive.  It’s been a shame to see the unexpectedly excellent Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work getting shut out, and Exit Through the Gift Shop is great, but a little too punk to get win awards like these. 

The winner will be announced on January 29th.  Of these five films, I’d go with Restrepo.  What about you guys?


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