September 26, 2016

Oscars: Does “Artist” DGA win mean Best Picture race is over? – ANALYSIS


By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: The domination continues. The latest award to fall at the feet of Michel Hazanavicius’ mighty “The Artist” was a Directors Guild nod for the helmer, himself.

Minutes after Hazanavicus picked up his trophy Saturday evening, Twitter exploded with confirmation of something we’ve known for weeks now: “The Artist” is a slam dunk to win Best Picture in February.

“It’s over. Hazanavicius wins director for The Artist. That’s your best picture winner,” Gregory Ellwood at HitFix tweeted.

Yep. It’s that kind of season, where a beloved film picks up awards at the beginning of the season and never stops. The DGA is the latest “Artist” conquest, and though Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo” topped it for overall Oscar nominations (by a score of 12 to 11), we’d be shocked if Hazanavicius and his producing team wasn’t standing at the podium at the end of the night on Feb. 26, at the Academy Awards.

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– The cast of “The Artist.”
Kenneth Branagh for “My Week With Marilyn.”
Bennett Miller talks “Moneyball.”
– Producer Jim Burke for “The Descendants.”
Sir Ben Kingsley and Chloe Grace Moretz for “Hugo.”
Tilda Swinton for “We Need to Talk About Kevin.”
David Fincher, Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara on “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.”
Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer for “The Help.”
Tate Taylor for “The Help.”
Woody Harrelson for “Rampart.”
Gavin O’Connor for “Warrior.”
Gary Oldman and Colin Firth for “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.”
Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt, Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody for “Young Adult.”
Steve McQueen for “Shame.”
Glenn Close for “Albert Nobbs.”
Seth Rogen and Will Reiser for “50/50.”
– Producer Grant Heslov for “The Ides of March.”

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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