DGA announces documentary award nominees

Four first-timers and one two-time nominee are up for the Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentaries award from the Directors Guild of America.
January 13, 2011

The Directors Guild of America president Taylor Hackford has revealed the five documentaries that are up for the Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentaries award.

“The best documentary filmmaking provides the audience with the rare opportunity of experiencing a life, a place, or a situation that might otherwise be too remote or too unknown to ever discover on our own,” said Hackford, in a statement. “The excellent work of our five nominees illuminates, educates and inspires us in extraordinary ways.”

Lixin Fan received his first nomination for Last Train Home, a production from EyeSteel Film, ITVS, Canada Council for the Arts and Zeitgeist Films.

Another first time nominee is Charles Ferguson for his examination into the factors that created the financial crisis, Inside Job, a Representational Pictures production.

Alex Gibney, nominated in 2007 for Taxi to the Dark Side, is a nominee for Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer, from ES Productions, with Magnolia Pictures and A&E IndieFilms.

Paramount Vantages’ Waiting for “Superman”, an examination of the American education system, netted Davis Guggenheim his first nomination from the DGA.

Lastly, Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger were nominated for their film Restrepo, from National Geographic Entertainment. The doc followed the deployment of a platoon of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistans Korengal Valley.

The winner will be announced at the DGA Awards on January 29.

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