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article imageDirectors snub Tarantino but Affleck gets noticed

By Tim O'Brien     Jan 8, 2013 in Entertainment
Los Angeles - Leave it to a powerful guild in Hollywood to make a statement on their industry. As award season rolls along, the Directors Guild of America (DGA) has announced their choices, and they leave out one big name - Quentin Tarantino.
So, out of this race is "Django Unchained." Whether it was the violence or racial controversy that this film has garnered is all for speculation, but that doesn't mean it is down and out.
Oh, the DGA left out another one, too. Read on and find out.
The Directors Guild of America went with Ben Affleck ("Argo"), Kathryn Bigelow ("Zero Dark Thirty"), Tom Hooper ("Les Miserables"), Ang Lee ("Life of Pi") and Steven Spielberg ("Lincoln").
"DGA members have chosen an incredibly rich and varied group of filmmakers to nominate for this year's Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film Award. These directors represent the highest standard of filmmaking, and their films are a testament to artistic achievement, innovative storytelling and the passion that filmmakers share with their audiences," said Hackford in a press release.
Besides Tarantino, David O. Russell, who directed "Silver Linings Playbook," was also overlooked. This sets up an interesting play come Oscar nomination time - and for the winner. Not only is this guild a great indicator of things to come, so are the producers. From them, one can bet on the eventual best picture winner come Oscar time - and the nominees.
"Being nominated by their peers is what makes this award particularly meaningful for directors, and I congratulate all of the nominees for their outstanding work," Hackford added.
The Producers Guild of America went with "Argo," "Beasts of the Southern Wild,” "Django Unchained,” "Les Misérables,” "Life of Pi,” "Lincoln,” "Moonrise Kingdom,” "Silver Linings Playbook,” "Skyfall,” and "Zero Dark Thirty”
It is looking like it will be a big nomination day for "Les Miserables" and "Lincoln" when the Oscar nominations are announced Thursday Jan. 10. Look for a "Amour" to possibly crack into the best picture category as well. Not to mention two actresses starring in foreign films. With the nominations will come the overlooked and snubs, but with these two guilds, the process is much more clear.
For another angle on the top films of the year, head here.
Not to be undone is the National Society of Film Critics. They give points and then the top three are revealed. As for critic awards, it is this one that holds the most weight and influence.
Here are there winners:
*1. Daniel Day-Lewis – "Lincoln" – 59 (Dreamworks/Touchstone)
2. Denis Lavant – 49
2. Joaquin Phoenix – 49
*1. Emmanuelle Riva – "Amour" – 50 (Sony Classics)
2. Jennifer Lawrence – 42
3. Jessica Chastain– 32
*1. Matthew McConaughey – "Magic Mike" (Warner Bros.), Bernie (Millennium Entertainment) – 27
2. Tommy Lee Jones – 22
3. Philip Seymour Hoffman – 19
*1. Amy Adams – "The Master" (The Weinstein Co.) – 34
2. Sally Field – 23
3. Anne Hathaway – 13
*1. "Amour" (Sony Classics) – 28
2. "The Master" – 25
3. "Zero Dark Thirty" – 18
*1. Michael Haneke ("Amour") – 27
2. Kathryn Bigelow – 24
2. Paul Thomas Anderson – 24
*1. "The Gatekeepers – Sony Pictures Classics – 53
2. "This Is Not a Film" – 45
3. "Searching for Sugar Man" – 23
*1. "Lincoln" (Dreamworks/Touchstone) – Tony Kushner – 59
2. "The Master" (P.T. Anderson)– 27
3. "Silver Linings Playbook" (David O. Russell) – 19
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