The Directors Guild of America has just announced their film nominations for 2019, with one very big surprise in the mix.
The four fully-expected nominees are present: Sam Mendes ("1917"), Bong Joon Ho ("Parasite"), Quentin Tarantino ("Once Upon a Time in Hollywood"), and Martin Scorsese ("The Irishman"), but the one nobody was expecting to be here was Taika Waititi for "Jojo Rabbit," beating out several favorites including Noah Baumbach for "Marriage Story," Greta Gerwig for "Little Women," and Todd Phillips for "Joker."
Who will the big winner be? Just like with the Producers Guild, it's really hard to say. Bong Joon Ho has been dominating the critics awards for "Parasite," but Sam Mendes recently had an unexpected victory at the Golden Globes, and given how the latter seems like the more obvious choice for Best Director, he could very well win big here too. We'll just have to wait until the awards are handed out on the 25th to find out.
In the meantime, please see below for a list of today's DGA film nominations:
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Theatrical Feature Film
Bong Joon Ho, Parasite
Sam Mendes, 1917
Martin Scorsese, The Irishman
Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Taika Waititi, Jojo Rabbit
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in First-Time Feature Film
Mati Diop, Atlantics
Alma Har'el, Honey Boy
Melina Matsoukas, Queen & Slim
Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz, The Peanut Butter Falcon
Joe Talbot, The Last Black Man in San Francisco
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary (Previously Announced)
Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert, American Factory