Monday, January 9, 2012

AWARDS 2011: DGA Does Directors Good

I haven't done too well to keep up with the pace of the Guild awards, and in fact this awards season has been an uncharacteristically weak one for me. I guess I'm just not that invested in it. I rather respect all of the directors on the list of Directors Guild nominations, but two of them just don't deserve to be here. I'm not at all talking about Woody Allen or David Fincher, as both earned their stripes pretty well this year by my standards. I'm talking about Martin Scorsese and Alexander Payne, who are both rather fine directors who misfired drastically this year. Payne seemed to lose any strong and dramatic bone in his body with "The Descendants", and Scorsese's passion was diluted by a supremely lacking story in "Hugo". This is quite a strong list of directors, but they just shouldn't be here now.
  • Woody Allen ("Midnight in Paris")
  • David Fincher ("The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo")
  • Michel Hazanavicius ("The Artist")
  • Alexander Payne ("The Descendants")
  • Martin Scorsese ("Hugo")


  1. I agree with you on Payne, and as much as I loved Hugo, on Scorsese. I loved Hugo but I didn't think the direction there was strong. My dream ballot would be to replace those two with Lars Von Trier and Tomas Alfredson and leave the rest as is.

  2. Oh, that would be quite a dream come true. I'd maybe throw in Refn and toss Allen in that case, and then we'd be talking about something close to perfection.

  3. Now THAT would be fun.
    Of course I'd be complaining if that happened sincde I almost hate that movie, but wow anything to change it up.