By John H. Foote
The Directors Guild of America announced their nominees for excellence in motion picture direction, perhaps providing the greatest influence on the Oscar race.
As expected Martin Scorsese was nominated for The Irishman, and Quentin Tarantino is up for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Scorsese has been nominated nine previous times winning for The Departed (2006) while Tarantino is a two-time nominee without a win.
Bong Joon Ho was nominated for Parasite, as expected as was previous winner Sam Mendes for 1917, and the final nominee, and happiest surprise of the day (for me) Taika Waititi for the black comedy Jojo Rabbit.
Shut out of the nominations was Noah Baumbach for Marriage Story, and his partner Greta Gerwig for Little Women. Both could still turn up in the Oscar race.
Nominations for the Academy Awards are announced next week.
One of Canada’s best-known film critics, he spent 10 years on TV as co-host of Reel to Real, and another 10 in education (still writing as a critic) as Director of the Toronto Film School, where he created the curriculum for three programs and taught film history. Film has always been his passion. He has written for magazines such as Toronto Life, Fashion and Hollywood North, been quoted in the Los Angeles and New York Times, as well as the major Toronto dailies. Online he has written for such sites as The Wrap, In Contention, Awards Circuit and The Cinemaholic. His first book Clint Eastwood – Evolution of a Filmmaker, was published in 2010. His second Steven Spielberg: American Film Visionary, a massive volume, has just found a publisher and he’s working on American Film Renaissance – 1967-2018 with Nick Maylor. As a critic, he has had the good fortune to interview directors and stars such as Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Clint Eastwood, Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Tom Cruise, Robert Duvall, Emma Stone, Jane Fonda, and countless others. As he quips, “Everyone but Jack Nicholson!”