On the heels of announcing their nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2011, the Directors Guild of America have announced their nominations for Best Documentary Director. The nominees are Joe Berlinger & Bruce Sinofsky for Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory, Steve James for The Interrupters, James Marsh for Project Nim, Richard Press for Bill Cunningham New York, and Martin Scorsese for George Harrison: Living in the Material World. Scorsese also picked up DGA nomination this year for Hugo, which brings his total number of nominations to ten. He previously won for The Departed.
While I’m rooting for Project Nim, this is a fine collection of nominees. It’s much better than the Academy’s short list, which only includes Project Nim, Paradise Lost 3, and Bill Cunningham New York. The winner of the DGA’s 2011 Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary will be announced January 28th.