48th Annual DGA Feature Film Award Nominees

DGA Awards

January 22, 1996

DGA ANNOUNCES FIVE NOMINEES FOR OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN MOTION PICTURES DURING 1995

DGA President Gene Reynolds and Awards Committee Chairman Howard Storm today announced the Guild's five nominees for outstanding directorial achievement in motion pictures during 1995. The winner will be announced at the 48th Annual DGA Awards dinner-dance on March 2, 1996.

Only three times since 1949 has the winner of the DGA Award not gone on to win the Best Director Oscar.

For nineteen years, the Guild was a perfect barometer of the Oscar winner. In 1968, however, Anthony Harvey took home Guild honors for The Lion in Winter while Carol Reed's Oliver! was the Academy's choice.

Four years later, voters of the two organizations disagreed a second time when the DGA's choice of Francis Ford Coppola for The Godfather was overlooked by Oscar in favor of Bob Fosse for his direction of Cabaret.

After another dozen years of agreement between Guild and Academy voters, DGA members selected The Color Purple directed by Steven Spielberg as the outstanding directorial achievement of 1985 while Oscar voters preferred Sydney Pollack's work on Out of Africa.

The Feature Film nominees for the 1995 DGA Award are:

Film #1: Apollo 13
Directed by: RON HOWARD
Released by: Universal Pictures
Unit Production Manager: Carl Clifford
First Assistant Director: Aldric La'Auli Porter
Second Assistant Director: William Connor
This is the second DGA nomination for Mr. Howard. He was previously nominated for his 1985 direction of Cocoon.

Film #2: Braveheart
Directed by: MEL GIBSON
Released by: Twentieth Century Fox and Paramount Pictures
This is the first DGA nomination for Mr. Gibson.

Film #3: Leaving Las Vegas
Directed by: MIKE FIGGIS
Released by: MGM/UA
Unit Production Manager: Marc S. Fischer
First Assistant Director: Gary Marcus
Second Assistant Director: Simone Farber
This is the first DGA nomination for Mr. Figgis.

Film #4: Sense and Sensibility
Directed by: ANG LEE
Released by: Columbia Pictures
First Assistant Director: Chris Newman
This is Mr. Lee's first DGA nomination.

Film: #5 Il Postino(The Postman)
Directed by: MICHAEL RADFORD
Released by: Miramax
This is Mr. Radford's first DGA nomination.

MEDIA NOTES:

DGA Television Nominees will be announced in February.

The 5th Annual DGA Feature Film Nominees Symposium will be held from 10:30 am until 12:30 pm on Saturday, March 2 in DGA Theater #1, 7920 Sunset Blvd.

Arrivals on March 11 for the 47th Annual DGA Awards banquet at the Beverly Hilton Hotel begin at 6:30 pm, with the program set to begin at 9:00 pm.

To secure media credentials for both events, contact Chuck Warn at (310) 289-2000.

Contact
Lily Bedrossian -
Director of Media Relations
(310) 289-5334
lbedrossian@dga.org