DGA Announces Nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2000

DGA Awards

January 22, 2001

Steven Spielberg with his Lifetime Achievement Award The Directors Guild of America today announced the five nominees for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2000. The announcement was made by Steven Spielberg, along with DGA President Jack Shea. The winner will be announced at the 53rd Annual DGA Awards Dinner on Saturday, March 10, 2001, at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.

The nominees for the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2000 are (in alphabetical order):

CAMERON CROWE
Almost Famous
(Studio/Distributor: Dreamworks Pictures)

Cameron Crowe Mr. Crowe's Directorial Team:
Production Managers: Martin P. Ewing, Steven P. Saeta
First Assistant Director: Jerry Ziesmer
Second Assistant Directors: David Kelley, Jill Southern
Second Second Assistant Director: Laurie Webb
DGA Trainee: Stephen V. Johnson

This is Cameron Crowe's second DGA nomination in the Feature Film category. He was previously nominated in 1996 for Jerry Maguire.

ANG LEE
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
(Studio/Distributor: Sony Pictures Classic)

Ang Lee Mr. Lee's Directorial Team:
Production Manager: Helen Li
First Assistant Directors: Lai Kai Keung, Sylvia Liu
Second Assistant Directors: Zhang Jin Ting, Zhou Ying Ying, Zhu Hong Bo, Xu Cheung Lin, Ta Bu Si

This is Ang Lee's second DGA nomination in the Feature Film category. He was previously nominated in 1995 for Sense and Sensibility.

RIDLEY SCOTT
Gladiator
(Studio/Distributor: Dreamworks Pictures and Universal Pictures)

Ridley Scott Mr. Scott’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Branko Lustig
First Assistant Director: Terry Needham
Second Assistant Director: Adam Somner
Second Second Assistant Director: Hannah Quinn

This is Ridley Scott's second DGA nomination in the Feature Film category. He was previously nominated in 1991 for Thelma and Louise.

STEVEN SODERBERGH
Erin Brockovich
(Studio/Distributor: Universal Pictures and Columbia Pictures)

Steven Soderbergh Mr. Soderbergh's Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Frederic W. Brost
First Assistant Director: Gregory Jacobs
Second Assistant Director: Dave Hallinan
Second Second Assistant Director: Michael Risoli
DGA Trainee: Tony Eng

STEVEN SODERBERGH
Traffic
(Studio/Distributor: USA Films)

Steven Soderbergh Mr. Soderbergh's Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Frederic W. Brost
First Assistant Director: Gregory Jacobs
Second Assistant Director: Trey Batchelor
Second Second Assistant Director: Basti Van der Woude
DGA Trainee: Beryl Cohen

Traffic and Erin Brockovich are Steven Soderbergh's first DGA nominations in the Feature Film category.

DGA Award Facts:

  • Steven Soderbergh is only the second director to receive two DGA Feature Film nominations in the same year since the current method of selecting five nominees from which one winner is chosen began in 1970.
  • In 1974, Francis Ford Coppola was nominated for both The Godfather Part II and The Conversation. Coppola received that year's DGA Feature Film Award for The Godfather Part II.
  • The DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film has traditionally been a near perfect barometer for the Best Director Academy Award. Only four times since the DGA Award's inception in 1949 has the DGA Award winner not won the Academy Award:
    • 1968: Anthony Harvey won the DGA Award for The Lion in Winter while Carol Reed took home the Oscar® for Oliver!.
    • 1972: Francis Ford Coppola received the DGA's nod for The Godfather while the Academy selected Bob Fosse for Cabaret.
    • 1985: Steven Spielberg received his first DGA Award for The Color Purple while the Oscar® went to Sydney Pollack for Out of Africa.
    • 1995: Ron Howard was chosen by the DGA for his direction of Apollo 13 while Academy voters cited Mel Gibson for Braveheart.
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