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DGA: Late Dates Killed "Pan's," "Children"

[posted by Sheigh] More anecdotal fodder on DGA nods... I had two conversations with DGA members this morning who almost verbatim echoed the sentiment in this Hollywood Elsewhere post:

"The absence of Pan's Labyrinth's Guillermo del Toro and Children of Men's Alfonso Cuaron from this morning's DGA Best Director nomination list is a one hundred (or maybe ninety-nine) percent function of the DGA's ban on DVD screeners plus the late release dates of these films," says a "name" director and DGA member who wrote a few minutes ago.

"I can assure you that the vast majority of us have not even seen these films. I know that I have not. I couldn't make the handful of screenings and was away during the holidays. I voted for four of the nominees. It's a damn shame, of course. Scorcese will win what amounts to a lifetime achievement award from the Academy, so it would have been nice for the DGA to offer the proper recognition where it was due. Maybe we can get it right next year."

One of the gents I spoke to, a NY member, said he still hasn't seen "Pan's" or "Children." He was out of town over the holidays when DGA NY screened them. The same person explained that Iñárritu gave a wonderful "Babel" Q&A earlier in the fall that was bound to have locked up votes. Neither Cuaron nor del Toro appeared at DGA NY screenings, as far as he knew. He added that Cuaron and del Toro had been at other Q&As in town. He was similarly disappointed that the two were overlooked by his guild. The three directors he voted for who made the cut were Marty, Frears and Iñárritu.

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