Directors Guild Silences Scorsese’s Oscar Hopes (AWARDS 2016)


Martin Scorsese‘s decades-long passion project was just renounced by the final major pre-Academy Awards guild, essentially ending its Oscar hopes (ones that were already on life support).

Having been snubbed by the Screen Actors, Writers, and Producers Guilds, the Directors Guild of America – the most friendly one to Scorsese of the Big 4 – left the legendary auteur and his epic Silence off their list of 5 finalists for Best Director of 2016.

In his place: the three expected front-runners, a fourth strong sci-fi contender, plus a fifth (and first-time feature filmmaker) garnering a patented Harvey Weinstein awards season boost.

Ironically, of the 5 feature nominees, the first-timer is the only one who’s not a first-time DGA nominee. Lion director Garth Davis has received previous Directors Guild nominations for First-Time Feature Film (announced earlier this year, also for Lion) and a commercial he made in 2009.

Along with Feature and First-Time nominees, the DGA also slated 5 finalists for Documentary director.

Winners will be announced at the 69th Annual DGA Awards Dinner, held on Saturday February 4, 2017.

Directors Guild of America
2016 Nominees

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film

Outstanding Directorial Achievement for a First-Time Feature Film Director

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary

  • The Eagle Huntress, dir. Otto Bell
  • O.J.: Made in America, dir. Ezra Edelman
  • Weiner, dir. Josh Kriegman & Elyse Steinberg
  • I Am Not Your Negro, dir. Raoul Peck
  • Life, Animated, dir. Roger Ross Williams

Lifetime Achievement Award in Motion Picture Direction
Ridley Scott

Click on links below for other Critics Group Awards and Guild Nominees that have been announced so far this season:

Academy Award Nominees
Golden Globe Winners
Screen Actors Guild Winners
Producers Guild of America Winners
Writers Guild of America Nominees
National Society of Film Critics
New York Film Critics Circle
Los Angeles Film Critics Association
Boston Society of Film Critics
Washington, D.C. Area Film Critics Association
The National Board of Review
Critics’ Choice Awards Winners

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