“The absence of Pan’s Labyrinth‘s Guillermo del Toro and Children of Men‘s Alfonso Cuaron from this morning’s DGA Best Director nomination list is a one hundred (or maybe ninety-nine) percent function of the DGA’s ban on DVD screeners plus the late release dates of these films,” says a “name” director and DGA member who wrote a few minutes ago.
“I can assure you that the vast majority of us have not even seen these films. I know that I have not. I couldn’t make the handful of screenings and was away during the holidays. I voted for four of the nominees. It’s a damn shame, of course. Scorcese will win what amounts to a lifetime achievement award from the Academy, so it would have been nice for the DGA to offer the proper recognition where it was due. Maybe we can get it right next year.”