Greta Gerwig continues to receive accolades for her directorial debut. The Lady Bird actress-director is nominated for a Directors' Guild of America award.
The Only Female Director
At last Sunday's Golden Globe Awards, several significant actresses such as Natalie Portman and Barbra Streisand openly criticized the Hollywood award circuit for not nominating female directors. The Directors' Guild of America must have taken this issue to heart because Gerwig and her team were chosen for their work for Lady Bird.
Best Director Face Off
Gerwig and her team have some serious competition for the award. Outside of DGA veteran Christopher Nolan, three other directors are nominated for a DGA award for the first time.
Comedian-writer Jordan Peele is up for two awards including Best Director for his directorial debut, Get Out. Film veteran, Guillermo del Toro, scored his very first DGA nomination for his work in the Shape of Water. Del Toro's film has been heavily favored in several award races such as the BAFTAS, the Critics' Choice Awards, and the Screen Actors Guild Awards.
The last director that was nominated for the DGA's coveted Best Director award was Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri's, Martin McDonagh. McDonagh's crime drama scored four Golden Globe Awards including Best Motion Picture-Drama at last Sunday's festivities.
War Of The Newbies
The DGA Awards also has a unique category recognizing up-and-coming directors, who made their directorial debuts during the award season. The Outstanding Directorial Achievement of a First-Time Feature Film Director featured a diverse group of nominees including Peele, Geremy Jasper (Patti Cake$), William Oldroyd (Lady Macbeth), Taylor Sheridan (Wind River), and legendary screenwriter Aaron Sorkin.
Gerwig's Award Season Accomplishments
Despite not being nominated for the Outstanding Directorial Achievement of a First-Time Feature Film Director award, Gerwig has had a fantastic award season. Lady Bird received Best Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical at the Golden Globes. Also, Gerwig was the first actress to cut ties with controversial director Woody Allen.
The film is also nominated for several Critics' Choice Awards including Best Picture. Lady Bird has also been nominated for the Writer's Guild of America's Best Original Screenplay award. Meanwhile, the American Film Institute named the film one of its top films of 2017. Gerwig was also named one of Entertainment Weekly's Top Entertainers of 2017.
Gerwig will find out if she receives the Best Director award when Judd Apatow hosts the Directors' Guild Awards on Feb. 3.