'Boyhood' gets Linklater nominated for Directors Guild Award

Tue Jan 13, 2015 4:15pm EST
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By Mary Milliken

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Richard Linklater's 12 years of toiling on coming-of-age tale "Boyhood" reaped a coveted nomination on Tuesday for the top Directors Guild Award, which has correctly predicted the best director Oscar for 10 of the last 11 years.

Two-time DGA winner Clint Eastwood, 84, earned his fourth nomination for outstanding directorial achievement for his Iraq war film "American Sniper," while Alejandro G. Inarritu was nominated for "Birdman," his second nod from the Directors Guild of America for a feature film.

Rounding out the list of five were first-time DGA nominees Morten Tyldum for "The Imitation Game" and Wes Anderson for "The Grand Budapest Hotel."

"Boyhood," which follows a boy and his family and used the same actors over a dozen years, won the 54-year-old Linklater his first Golden Globe for best director on Sunday. The film also won the coveted best drama Golden Globe, making it a frontrunner for the Oscar best picture.

Inarritu, 51, was also considered a strong contender for director awards for his first comedy, a surreal satire of show business that appears to be filmed in one long take in the cramped confines of a Broadway theater.

But the Mexican filmmaker's awards season fortunes took a blow when Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" was a dark-horse winner of the Golden Globe for best comedy or musical, boosting the Oscar potential of the colorful period caper.

The surprise of the DGA list is Tyldum for "The Imitation Game," the British biopic of World War Two codebreaker Alan Turing, played by Benedict Cumberbatch. The Norwegian director is known for his 2011 thriller "Headhunters."

The Academy Awards will be held on Feb. 22 and nominations will be announced on Thursday. The DGA award will be handed out Feb. 7, before Oscar voting concludes on Feb. 17.   Continued...

Director Richard Linklater poses backstage with his award for Best Director - Motion Picture for "Boyhood" at the 72nd Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California January 11, 2015.   REUTERS/Mike Blake