The Director’s Guild of America has chosen the top five directors of documentary feature films for 2013 and they feature first-timers and old hats. The five finalists are also among the 15 shortlisted docs eligible for an Oscar nomination on Thursday.
“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.”
The nominees are (in alphabetical order):
“Cutie and the Boxer”
Ex Lion Tamer
This is Mr. Heinzerling’s first DGA Award nomination.
Roast Beef Productions
This is Ms. Noujaim’s third DGA Award nomination. She won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary for Startup.com 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
Novaya Zemlya Ltd.
Spring Films Ltd.
This is Mr. Oppenheimer’s first DGA Award nomination.
“Stories We Tell”
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
Tree Tree Tree Production
This is Ms. Walker’s first DGA Award nomination.
The winner will be named at the 66th Annual DGA Awards Dinner on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.