When the Directors Guild of America announced its nominees last year, Oscar balloting had already closed and the DGA's slate —
OK, maybe not Hooper, since not every filmmaker would watch "
Then the Oscar nominations were announced and three of the DGA's picks — Affleck, Bigelow and Hooper — were not among them. All hell broke loose, pity parties were quickly arranged (handkerchiefs optional) and Affleck went on to win the DGA for
It was a weird year, unlikely to be repeated in the near future. The director who wins the Oscar in 2014 will almost certainly be among today's five DGA nominees — Alfonso Cuarón ("Gravity"),
In fact, all five of the DGA's choices might repeat as academy nominees. It's possible that the academy's directors branch goes instead with
Their inclusion would probably come at the expense of Scorsese. Because the DGA's membership is big (nearly 15,000) and broad, its choices skew more toward brand names like Scorsese and Steven Spielberg, both of whom have been nominated 11 times. The academy's directors branch, meanwhile, has just 377 voters, and, as they demonstrated last year, are inclined to go with more offbeat, auteurist choices (Austrian filmmaker
Then again, Scorsese has won seven Oscar nominations for directing, most recently for
As does "American Hustle," which is now the only movie to sweep all four guilds. That distinction comes with a qualifier, since as a non-voting member of the