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“Free Solo”, “Three Identical Strangers” garner DGA Awards noms

Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin’s Free Solo and Tim Wardle‘s Three Identical Strangers are among the documentary filmmakers nominated for Directors Guild of America (DGA) Awards this year. The DGA announced a roster of nominations for ...
January 7, 2019

Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin’s Free Solo and Tim Wardle‘s Three Identical Strangers are among the documentary filmmakers nominated for Directors Guild of America (DGA) Awards this year.

The DGA announced a roster of nominations for its 71st annual Directors Guild Awards whose winners will be announced Feb. 2 during the celebration at Hollywood & Highland’s Ray Dolby Ballroom in Hollywood, California.

The nominees in the Outstanding Documentary Category include Morgan Neville‘s Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, on the late children’s entertainer, Fred Rogers; Ramell Ross’ Hale County This Morning, This Evening; Vasarhelyi and Chin’s climbing documentary Free Solo; Wardle’s Three Identical Strangers (pictured); and Betsy West and Julie Cohen’s portrait of Ruth Bader Ginsburg in RBG.

The directors in the Documentary Category are all first-time nominations, except for Vasarhelyi and Chin, who were previously announced in this category for their 2015 film Menu. 

In the category for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Reality Programs, the nominations include Neil P. De Groot for Better Late Than Never, “How Do You Say Roots in German?” (NBC); Eytan Keller for Iron Chef Gauntlet, “Episode 201″ (Food Network); Patrick McManus for American Ninja Warrior, “Miami City Qualifiers” (NBC); Russell Norman for The Final Table, “Japan” (Netflix); and Bertram van Munster for The Amazing Race, “It’s Just a Million Dollars, No Pressure” (CBS).

This is DeGroot and Keller’s fourth DGA nomination each, while it’s the first for both McManus and Norman. Van Munster, meanwhile, picks up his twelfth nomination at the event.

Kathleen McGill and Mimi Deaton will receive career honors during the celebration, and FX Networks will pick up the DGA Diversity Award.

The 71st Directors Guild of America Awards, honoring the outstanding directorial achievement in feature films, documentary, television and commercials of 2018, will be presented on Feb. 2 at the Hollywood and Highland Center in Los Angeles.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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