The Directors Guild of America has announced its nominees for best director of 2009. They are:
Kathryn Bigelow – The Hurt Locker
James Cameron – Avatar
Lee Daniels – Precious
Jason Reitman – Up in the Air
Quentin Tarantino – Inglorious Basterds
These nominations are a strong indication of who may be nominated for the Oscar. This also might be the most diverse group of nominees in DGA history. It is refreshing that Lee Daniels is nominated after being left off the Golden Globes ballot.
Clint Eastwood is the recipient of the 2006 Directors Guild of America Lifetime Achievement Award. Eastwood has previously received lifetime achievement awards from the American Film Institute, the Film Society at Lincoln Center and SAG, among others. He also has been honored with the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Eastwood is being recognized for his distinguised career behind the camera which includes two Academy Awards for Best Director.
“As one of the most prolific, versatile directors in the history of the medium, there isn’t a genre that Clint Eastwood hasn’t mastered in the more than 25 films he has directed over the past 35 years,” DGA president Michael Apted said. “His ongoing body of work continues to touch generations of moviegoers and bring huge audiences into movie theaters. He does it all with great class, intelligence and style.”
Eastwood will be honored at the 58th annual DGA Awards on January 28.
This award is more prestigious than other lifetime achievement awards. The honor was first presented in 1958 to Cecil B. DeMille and has only been presented 31 times. Other recipients of the DGA Lifetime Achievement Award include Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola, Stanley Kubrick, Woody Allen, Billy Wilder, Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock, Frank Capra and John Ford. Most recently, Mike Nichols was honored in 2004.
Eastwood’s Unforgiven received the DGA Award for directorial achievement in 1993 as well as four Academy Awards, including Best Director. He was again nominated for the DGA Award and Academy Award for directing in 2004 for Mystic River.
Congrats to Clint Eastwood who still has it.