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DGA Nominations!

Reading through Variety, a curious little fact for you Oscar poolers popped out – The DGA winner and the Oscar winner have matched in 52 of the last 58 years. Not a bad batting average. This year’s DGA nominees will most likely be a two horse race between Inarritu and Scorsese, but the Oscars are most likely going to include an Eastwood nom.

Reading through Variety, a curious little fact for you Oscar poolers popped out – The DGA winner and the Oscar winner have matched in 52 of the last 58 years. Not a bad batting average. This year’s DGA nominees will most likely be a two horse race between Inarritu and Scorsese, but the Oscars are most likely going to include an Eastwood nom. 

And the nominees are…

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, “Babel” (Paramount Vantage)
Unit Production Manager: Ann Ruark
First Assistant Director: Sebastián Silva


Bill Condon,
“Dreamgirls” (Paramount)
Unit Production Manager: Patricia Whitcher
First Assistant Director: Richard Graves
Second Assistant Director: Eric Sherman
Second Second Assistant Director: Renee Hill-Sweet


Martin Scorsese,
“The Departed” (Warner Bros.)
Unit Production Manager: Carol Cuddy
First Assistant Director: Joseph Reidy
Second Assistant Director: Amy Lauritsen
Second Second Assistant Director: John Silvestri


Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris,
“Little Miss Sunshine” (Fox Searchlight)
Unit Production Manager: Michael Beugg
First Assistant Director: Thomas Patrick Smith
Second Assistant Director: Gregory Smith
Second Second Assistant Director: Kate Greenberg


Stephen Frears,
“The Queen” (Miramax)
Production Manager: Sue Claverly
First Assistant Director: Stuart Renfrew
Second Assistant Director: Rickay Graysmark
Third Assistant Director: Lucy Egerton

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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