2012 Directors Guild Award Winner Announced

Summary

The winner for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2012 was announced at the 65th Annual DGA Awards Dinner on Saturday, Febnuary 2, 2013. Ben Affleck nabbed the prize, adding to the ever-growing list of kudos for his film Argo. Back to Article

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SecondBest

This Guy

Im ashamed to say I have not seen any of these movies. Don't look at me just leave me be. :(

Feb 3 - 01:48 PM

David M.

David McKenna

I have seen ZDT and Argo and I think they are both overrated. I think The Master was completely snubbed. I get that people don't like the ambiguity, but how anyone could deny it for best cinematography, editing, and direction is COMPLETELY beyond me. I am not a raving PTA fanboy either. I just step back from the hype and compare the qualities of each film...And as far as I am concerned....The Master is the best. I wouldn't expect it to win best picture, but come-on! It deserves far more than it is getting.

Feb 3 - 01:50 PM

Noah Simon

Noah Simon

listen, i didn't think ZDT was the best movie of the year. it was overrated, but the directing was amazing. she pieced together a complicated story with ease.

Feb 3 - 01:54 PM

Dick Travis

Mick Travis

It doesn't matter: ZDT doesn't deserve any kind of award when it exonerates the CIA of war crimes. John Kiriakou would agree with me!

Feb 4 - 09:27 AM

Scott T.

Scott Tennant

David Mckenna knows exactly what he's talking about. PTA is the man.

Feb 5 - 08:30 PM

Timothy Wilkes

Timothy Wilkes

PTA snubbed let again. The Master has been nominated in the acting area only at the oscars, to me al his films have great performances, that is is largely down to how their directed and PTA knows how to direct a great performance so how he hasn't got nominated this year is a mystery.

Feb 9 - 05:35 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

You know directors direct actors, not write stories. Affleck had no responsibility for writing the "story" of "Argo", but he was responsible for directing performances and choosing the best takes. The best directors this year were not nominated here - the Andersons, Dominik, Carax and Tarantino. Out of the nominees, I'd say it was probably Lee who deserves it most.

Feb 3 - 01:52 PM

David M.

David McKenna

^ Thank you! I understand that some people have a problem with the ambiguity of Holy Motors and The Master, but this isn't about screenwriting! And in terms of directors...well, directing!! Carax and PTA were definitely the ones who stood out to me this year...With Tarantino and Haneke following.

Feb 3 - 03:09 PM

Josef Ameur

Josef Ameur

QT isn't in the directors guild.

Feb 3 - 01:53 PM

Noah Simon

Noah Simon

listen, i didn't think ZDT was the best movie of the year. it was overrated, but the directing was amazing. she pieced together a complicated story with ease.

Feb 3 - 01:54 PM

Noah Simon

Noah Simon

quentin is too self-indulgent. plus, django wasn't as good as ZDT

Feb 3 - 01:55 PM

Jay Collins

Jay Collins

you're right it wasn't "as good". it was much better. and it is self indulgent. which makes it its own thing that doesn't pander to anyone but the artist who conceived it.

Feb 3 - 09:30 PM

Benjamin Yates

Benjamin Yates

It was waaay self indulgent. 20 minutes shorter would've been much better i think. Is he capable of making a film where he doesn't crap on with needless dialogue?

Feb 4 - 10:40 PM

Jared Allyn

Jared Allyn

Jay - Flawless justification. Hats off. Tarantino isn't really after anything from you. He puts what he likes onto the screen and people tend to admire the results

Feb 5 - 11:09 PM

Noah Simon

Noah Simon

your point being? are you saying nobody that has won an award should win it again- even if they deserve it?

Feb 3 - 01:55 PM

Dick Travis

Mick Travis

In that case, where was Sam Mendes' nomination?

Feb 3 - 09:59 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

Along with all the other movies that weren't good enough for a directorial nomination. Skyfall was a good movie, not best movie made this year and not best directed. Spielberg's probably going to win it this year and he's already won twice and been nominated for at least 7 films that I can think of.

Feb 4 - 02:04 AM

Dick Travis

Mick Travis

SKYFALL was the best directed film of the entire series, and Mendes deserved anything over Riefenstahl.

Feb 4 - 09:24 AM

Dave J

Dave J

No one is comparing "Skyfall" to Riefenstahl except you! And to me "Skyfall" lacks consistency since no one knew how Bond survived that 30 foot fall after being shot, and of course the person who saved him! No one also don't know how the main bad guy escaped since it was never revealed nor was it ever showned, at least as far as I was watching it anyway!

Feb 4 - 01:10 PM

Matthew R.

Matthew Reimer

Skyfall wasn't the best James Bond but it wasn't the worst. Its fine for a 007 and sort of keeps that same feeling (this time felt a little more darker though). There's some mistakes in it and the ending felt a lot like Home Alone, but Skyfall ended up redeeming its self with great preformances from Danial Craig and Judi Dench as well as a fantastic score from Thomas Newman and the title song sung by Adele.

Feb 4 - 04:12 PM

Dick Travis

Mick Travis

@Lance So was SKYFALL, in fact it kicked ZDT's ass commercially. So there, enough of this bullshit!

Feb 4 - 05:32 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

So did Twilight...bullshit reengaged. Also, while ZDT has been a fixture at almost every best picture list. Skyfall has been sporadically recognized as one of the years best, at best. Also, not saying Skyfall is a bad movie, just not the best of the year. You yourself have acknowledged ZDT is an extremely well made movie, you just disagree with it's politics, which pardon me for saying is a piss poor reason for advocating against a director at least from an artistic standpoint.

Feb 4 - 05:43 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

Also, Skyfall's BO might have had a little something to do with it being part of a huge long running successful series with a massive built in global following which doesn't really compare with an original work, but I think you know that.

Feb 4 - 05:48 PM

Dick Travis

Mick Travis

Yeah, an original piece of fucking propaganda designed to brainwash the dumb masses!

Feb 4 - 05:51 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

Wow dude, you really need to take your medication. You're getting way too spun up over this. You DID say Sam Mendes, the director of Skyfall deserved a nomination over Katheryn Bigelow the director of ZDT implying he did a better job at directing than her. It's not that far of a stretch to say you were comparing the two movies. Either way, there's no need to resort to raging at someone or namecalling. It doesn't help your point.

Feb 4 - 05:55 PM

Dick Travis

Mick Travis

@BB Can you fucking read? Look back up to the top of this subthread: Are you saying that nobody who won an award should win it again--even if they deserve it? I answered, "In that case, where was Sam Mendes' nomination?" There was absolute no implication that I had I said he did a better job at directing than her. (Actually, to answer that ignorant implication I think Sam Mendes is one of our greatest living directors; Bigelow doesn't even come near that camp, despite the fact I was happy she won in 2009). I don't need any medication, you assholes need to take fucking English classes! End of this bullshit: I'm off to see DJANGO UNCHAINED!

Feb 4 - 06:05 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

MT, do you remember what you say? ... "SKYFALL was the best directed film of the entire series, and Mendes deserved anything over Riefenstahl" your words verbatim BEFORE Dave J commented.

Feb 4 - 06:08 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

Also, if 94% of movie critics meets your definition of "The dumb masses" why are you even checking this site? Does perchance "The dumb masses" include everyone who doesn't agree with your myopic viewpoint?

Feb 4 - 06:15 PM

Dick Travis

Mick Travis

That's not a comparison! A film which implies that torture not only works but also should be celebrated by society, while conveniently exonerating the war crimes perpetuated by the Pentagon and the CIA shouldn't be even considered for ANY KIND OF AWARD. To me, ZDP should be an automatic disqualification, thus there is ABSOLUTELY NO COMPARISON, but simply a matter of qualification and legitimacy. Maybe Otto from ONE, TWO, THREE was right: Maybe we should liquidate the entire human race and start all over again!

Feb 4 - 06:24 PM

Dave J

Dave J

Mick, each film has several different interpretations when "many" people do like the same films they like it for "different" reasons! You interpret "Zero Dark..." as a propoganda piece and that's your prerogitive but to others it can be interpreted as a depiction about how America were able to find the world's most wanted terrorist Osama Bin Laden- locate his whereabouts and then killed according to "one" person who claimed he was part of that- just one, even though his events completely contradicts many others including Leon Pannetta who verbally claimed that it's a work of fiction- not fact, each of the SEALs as well as the FBI, and perhaps many other operatives who also were involved as well, saying that the film made no claims that this version is the absolute one! The torture tactics may be exagerrated but it has been used in several films in the past, why can't it be showned on this one as opposed to the others? Let's see theirs torture tactics shown on "Casino Royale", "Battle Of Algiers" (another film also based on actual events), "Goodfellas", "Once Upon A Time In America" directed by Sergio Leone, "Reservoir Dogs" from Tarantino and many others...

Director Katherine Bigelow has clearly stated that her film "Zero Dark..." does not condone any of the tactics used to take out Osama Bin Laden and it was made clear toward the end when the Jessica Chastain character asks "whether it was worth it or not"- but not "you", even though other movie goers perception is not the same as yours so to speak, saying that you can't ridicule others for interpreting "Zero Dark Thirty" that is different than yours- I don't think that's right either! I'm asking you to focus on the film- not toward the people who watch it!

Are you familiar with that word "semantics" it's when one person says one thing while the other person says something different- who knows what really happened or whether it's really true or not! We can only see it for what it was- which is a movie!

Feb 5 - 05:41 PM

rodycaz

Rodycaz V

How the fuck were Tom Hooper and Ang Lee nominated and not Tarantino? Makes no sense to me.

Feb 3 - 02:05 PM

Gary Devenport

Gary Devenport

Because Tarantino isn't a member of the Director's Guild...

Feb 3 - 02:11 PM

Jack Kyser

Jack Kyser

Tarantino was eligible for the DGA prize (you don't have to be a member of the guild to receive a nomination). He was nominated for the Directors Guild for both Pulp Fiction and Inglourious Basterds.

Feb 5 - 12:05 AM

Gary Devenport

Gary Devenport

Because Tarantino isn't a member of the Director's Guild...

Feb 3 - 02:11 PM

Jack Kyser

Jack Kyser

Tarantino was eligible for the DGA prize (you don't have to be a member of the guild to receive a nomination). He was nominated for the Directors Guild for both Pulp Fiction and Inglourious Basterds.

Feb 5 - 12:05 AM

David M.

David McKenna

That is such a dumb thing to say Mick.

Feb 3 - 02:16 PM

Nile Saulter

Nile Saulter

Agreed, absolutely idiotic thing to say.

Feb 4 - 06:29 PM

Dick Travis

Mick Travis

So saying that Affleck deserved it over Riefenstahl, particularly when she has already won, is an idiotic thing to say? Assholes: you have your opinions, and I have mine. Deal with it!

Feb 4 - 06:41 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

No, saying someone doesn't deserve to win something because they've already won it is idiotic. It's the best director award, not the breakout director award. You seriously need to ease up on the throttle. People are going to disagree with you in this world, you should probably take your own advice and learn to "deal with it" better.

Feb 5 - 03:11 PM

Pio William Lumongsod

Pio William Lumongsod

clooney is the producer of argo.

Feb 3 - 02:23 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

So....they hate Clooney enough to nominate HIM for Best Picture (as the producer collects that award)?

Feb 3 - 02:30 PM

Dave J

Dave J

Actually, Clooney is one of many producers of Argo!

Feb 6 - 12:29 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

So....they hate Clooney enough to nominate HIM for Best Picture (as the producer collects that award)?

Feb 3 - 02:30 PM

Matthew R.

Matthew Reimer

Many people aren't fans of Tarantino's ways in making a movie. A lot of people question his violence and language in his movies (including Django). Zero Dark Thirty also has been criticize for "The Torture" scene and its portrayal of 9/11. So both films aren't perfect.

Feb 3 - 02:30 PM

Dave J

Dave J

The difference with "Django" as opposed to movies such as "Zero Dark..." and "Argo" including "Lincoln" is that both films consist to have more relevency to it's history than "Django"- history says that African Americans never were bounty hunters since America at the time was still divided!

Feb 4 - 12:51 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

The Know-Nothings also killed German immigrants, so there's that, as well.

Feb 4 - 01:55 PM

Matthew R.

Matthew Reimer

@Dave J, that is true. Even Tarantino said that on behalf of the violence in Django its meant to show that violence was always with us. There was violence with us from the start and Django is meant to show us how things were back then.

Feb 4 - 02:38 PM

Fears Fearless

Fears Fearless

Ang Lee life of pi is a masterpiece , how can they ignore such gem !!

Feb 3 - 02:39 PM

David M.

David McKenna

^ Thank you! I understand that some people have a problem with the ambiguity of Holy Motors and The Master, but this isn't about screenwriting! And in terms of directors...well, directing!! Carax and PTA were definitely the ones who stood out to me this year...With Tarantino and Haneke following.

Feb 3 - 03:09 PM

Austin Putnam

Austin Putnam

Both Argo and Zero Dark Thirty are phenomenal, but there was something about Argo that I connected more with than Zero Dark Thirty. So congrats to Ben Affleck. ARGO FUCK YOURSELF Oscars.

Feb 3 - 03:30 PM

Isaac

Isaac H

How the hell was this guy not nominated for the Oscar? He wins the Director's Guild award, and yet the directors in the Academy didn't even give him a NOMINATION? How does that work out?!

Feb 3 - 04:35 PM

Noah Simon

Noah Simon

because the academy has more sense than the guilds

Feb 3 - 05:33 PM

Isaac

Isaac H

And Zero Dark Thirty was an obtuse, bloated bore.

Feb 3 - 04:35 PM

Noah Simon

Noah Simon

with excellent direction, mind you

Feb 3 - 05:33 PM

Dick Travis

Mick Travis

We got it already! Now go cry me a river!

Feb 4 - 09:20 AM

Isaac

Isaac H

They're both fantastic and very different. Why do we have to slam one and praise the other?

Feb 3 - 04:36 PM

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