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Directors Guild Nominees Include Bradley Cooper, Alfonso Cuaron

“A Star is Born” stars Bradley Cooper, marking his directorial debut, and Lady Gaga, in her first leading role in a major motion picture. (MUST CREDIT: Warner Bros. Pictures photo by Clay Enos)
“A Star is Born” stars Bradley Cooper, marking his directorial debut, and Lady Gaga, in her first leading role in a major motion picture. (MUST CREDIT: Warner Bros. Pictures photo by Clay Enos)

By Dave McNary

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - The Directors Guild of America has nominated Alfonso Cuaron for “Roma,” Bradley Cooper for “A Star Is Born,” Spike Lee for “BlacKkKlansman,” Adam McKay for “Vice,” and Peter Farrelly for “Green Book” for its top feature film award.

Cooper also received a DGA nomination for its first-time director award on Tuesday, along with Bo Burnham for “Eighth Grade,” Carlos Lopez Estrada for “Blindspotting,” Matthew Heineman for “A Private War,” and Boots Riley for “Sorry to Bother You.”

Cuaron won the DGA and Academy Award for directing five years ago for “Gravity.” It’s the first DGA nomination for Cooper, Farrelly, and Lee. It’s McKay’s second DGA nom.

The DGA’s announcement came two days after Cuaron won the Golden Globe for directing “Roma” over Cooper, Farrelly, Lee, and McKay. Cuaron also won the director award from the New York Film Critics Circle.

Lee won the Grand Prix for “BlacKkKlansman” in May at the Cannes Film Festival. Cooper has been nominated for acting Academy Awards for “Silver Linings Playbook,” “American Hustle,” and “American Sniper,” and for producing “American Sniper.”

Contenders overlooked for a DGA nod include Barry Jenkins for “If Beale Street Could Talk,” Ryan Coogler for “Black Panther,” Damien Chazelle for “First Man,” Debra Granik for “Leave No Trace,” and Marielle Heller for “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

The DGA Award is one of the top indicators of Oscar glory, with all but seven of the DGA winners since 1948 going on to take the best director Oscar -- including Guillermo del Toro last year for “The Shape of Water.” The last divergence came in 2013 when Ben Affleck won the DGA Award for “Argo,” even though he did not receive an Oscar nom.

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About 80% of DGA nominees have gone on to be nominated for an Oscar in recent years. Along with del Toro, last year’s nominees were Greta Gerwig for “Lady Bird,” Martin McDonagh for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Christopher Nolan for “Dunkirk,” and Jordan Peele for “Get Out.” All but McDonagh received Oscar nominations for directing, with the Academy opting instead for Paul Thomas Anderson for “Phantom Thread.”

The DGA winners will be announced at the 71st Annual DGA Awards on Feb. 2, following voting by its 17,000 members. The DGA nominations for the TV, commercial, and movie documentary categories were announced on Monday.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will reveal Oscar nominations on Jan. 22.

Here are the nominees for the Directors Guild of America’s feature film award:

BRADLEY COOPER - “A Star Is Born”

(Warner Bros. Pictures)

Mr. Cooper’s Directorial Team:

Unit Production Manager: Robert J. Dohrmann First Assistant Director: Michele “Shelley” Ziegler Second Assistant Director: Xanthus Valan Second Second Assistant Director: Matthew R. Milan This is one of two DGA Award nominations this year for Mr. Cooper. He is also nominated in the First-Time Feature Film category for A Star Is Born.

ALFONSO CUARON - “Roma”

(Netflix)

Mr. Cuaron’s Directorial Team:

Unit Production Manager: Ana Hernandez First Assistant Director: Frederic Henocque Albino Second Assistant Director: Patrick Heyerdahl Second Second Assistant Directors: Luis Fernando Vasquez, Julian ‘Chico’ Valdes, Arturo Garcia This is Mr. Cuaron’s second DGA Feature Film Award nomination. He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film in 2013 for Gravity.

PETER FARRELLY - “Green Book”

(Universal Pictures)

Mr. Farrelly’s Directorial Team:

Unit Production Managers: Alissa M. Kantrow, John Brister, Franses Simonovich (New York Unit) First Assistant Directors: J.B. Rogers, Alejandro Ramia (New York Unit) Second Assistant Directors: Paul B. Uddo, Jack McKenna (New York Unit) Second Second Assistant Directors: Gerson Paz, Jonathan Warren Location Manager: Louis Zuppardi This is Mr. Farrelly’s first DGA Award nomination.

SPIKE LEE - “BlacKkKlansman”

(Focus Features)

Mr. Lee’s Directorial Team:

Unit Production Manager: Marcei A. Brown First Assistant Director: Mike Ellis Second Assistant Director: Tracey Hinds Second Second Assistant Directors: Jason Perez, Christina Ann Walker, Anastasia Folorunso Location Manager: Tim Stacker This is Mr. Lee’s first DGA Award nomination.

ADAM MCKAY - “Vice”

(Annapurna Pictures)

Mr. McKay’s Directorial Team:

Unit Production Managers: Julie Hartley, Jeff Waxman First Assistant Director: Matt Rebenkoff Second Assistant Director: Joann Connolly Second Second Assistant Directors: Yarden Levo, Dave Vogel (Washington D.C. Unit) This is Mr. McKay’s second DGA Feature Film Award nomination. He was previously nominated for The Big Short in 2015. Mr. McKay also received a nomination this year in the Dramatic Series category for Succession.

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Here are the nominees for the Directors Guild of America’s first-time feature film director:

BO BURNHAM - “Eighth Grade”

(A24)

Mr. Burnham’s Directorial Team:

First Assistant Director: Dan Taggatz Second Assistant Director: Vic Coram Second Second Assistant Director: Evelyn Fogleman This is Mr. Burnham’s first DGA Award nomination.

BRADLEY COOPER - “A Star Is Born”

(Warner Bros. Pictures)

Mr. Cooper’s Directorial Team:

Unit Production Manager: Robert J. Dohrmann First Assistant Director: Michele “Shelley” Ziegler Second Assistant Director: Xanthus Valan Second Second Assistant Director: Matthew R. Milan This is one of two DGA Award nominations this year for Mr. Cooper. He is also nominated in the Feature Film category for A Star Is Born.

CARLOS LOPEZ ESTRADA - “Blindspotting”

(Summit Entertainment)

Mr. Estrada’s Directorial Team:

Assistant Director: La Mar Stewart Second Second Assistant Director: Dominic Martin Additional Second Second Assistant Director: Armin Houshmandi

This is Mr. Estrada’s first DGA Award nomination.

MATTHEW HEINEMAN - “A Private War”

(Aviron Pictures)

Mr. Heineman’s Directorial Team:

Unit Production Manager: Louise Killin First Assistant Directors: George Walker, Peter Freeman (Jordan Unit) Second Assistant Directors: Tom Mulberge (UK Unit), Tom Browne (Jordan Unit) Second Second Assistant Director: Tarik Afifi (Jordan Unit) This is Mr. Heineman’s third DGA Award nomination. He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary in 2017 for City of Ghosts and in 2015 for Cartel Land.

BOOTS RILEY - “Sorry to Bother You”

(Annapurna Pictures)

Mr. Riley’s Directorial Team:

Production Manager: Chris Martin First Assistant Director: Brian Benson Second Assistant Director: Hilton Jamal Day Second Second Assistant Directors: Sam Purdy, Nick Alvarez This is Mr. Riley’s first DGA Award nomination.

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