Directors Guild Taps Five Documentary Nominees

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Award to be presented Jan. 25

The Directors Guild of America has selected Zachary Heinzerling for “Cutie and the Boxer,” Jehane Noujaim for “The Square,” Joshua Oppenheimer for “The Act of Killing,” Sarah Polley for “Stories We Tell” and Lucy Walker for “The Crash Reel” as nominees for its award for top feature documentary.

The five are all among the 15 finalists for this year’s documentary Oscar. The five Oscar noms will be announced Thursday.

It’s the first DGA nomination for Oppenheimer, Polley, Heinzerling and Walker. It’s the third DGA nod for Noujaim, who won in 2001 with Chris Hegedus for “”

“The Act of Killing” won the top documentary award at Cinema Eye and “The Square” won the top prize in December at the International Documentary Association’s IDA Awards.

The winner will be announced at the DGA’s awards ceremonies on Jan. 25 at the Century Plaza. The DGA has already announced nominees in the feature and TV categories.

“The five documentary filmmakers nominated today have made powerful films exploring humanity in all its complications,” said DGA president Paris Barclay. “From intricate family portrayals to lives caught in political upheaval, these works are intimate, heartbreaking and triumphant. My congratulations to each of the nominees.”

“Searching for Sugar Man,” directed by Malik Bendjelloul, won the DGA, WGA, PGA, Bafta and Oscar documentary awards last year.

The nominees are (in alphabetical order):

“Cutie and the Boxer”
Radius TWC
Ex Lion Tamer
Cine Mosaic

This is Mr. Heinzerling’s first DGA Award nomination.

“The Square”
Participant Media
Noujaim Films
Maktube Productions
Worldview Entertainment
Roast Beef Productions

This is Ms. Noujaim’s third DGA Award nomination. She won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary for in 2001 (together with Chris Hegedus) and was also nominated in this category in 2004 for Control Room.

“The Act of Killing”
Final Cut for Real APS
Drafthouse Films
Piraya Films
Novaya Zemlya Ltd.
Spring Films Ltd.

This is Mr. Oppenheimer’s first DGA Award nomination.

“Stories We Tell”
Roadside Attractions
The National Film Board of Canada

This is Ms. Polley’s first DGA Award nomination.

“The Crash Reel”
HBO Documentary Films
KP Rides Again, LLC
Impact Partners
Tree Tree Tree Production

This is Ms. Walker’s first DGA Award nomination.

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  1. Truth says:

    They left out 20 Feet from Stardom…shame

  2. J.E. Vizzusi says:

    “Its clear now as day that the Votes for “BLACKFISH” which is clearly the stand-out Feature Doc of the year are being WHITEWASHED and withheld because of Seaworld pressure and a Corporate crazy attitude that somehow this incredible Doc is not telling us all the truth. As a IDA Member, we voted (not me) for anything other than Blackfish. I’m ashamed to say that we are afraid in America of these Themed Attraction Giants and that somehow they will hurt us if we standby this fantastic Film. For the DGA not to include Blackfish even without a DGA affiliation is just plain nuts! JEV

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