oppenheimerThe season’s avalanche of awards continued with filmmaker Christopher Nolan taking home the award for Best Director of a Theatrical Feature Film.
The fifth time was the charm for Nolan, as he had previously been nominated for Memory in 2002, The dark knight in 2009, Beginning in 2011, and Dunkirk in 2018. His first win here at the DGAs significantly indicates that the British filmmaker will win the Oscar for Best Director; The DGA Awards are one of the best barometers for determining who wins Best Director at the Academy Awards. There have only been eight occasions in the history of the DGA Awards in which they have disagreed with the final winner of the Oscars for Best Director (1968, 1972, 1985, 1995, 2000, 2002, 2012 and 2019).
Tonight Nolan was presented with the award by the winners of last year’s DGA Feature Film Award, Everything everywhere and at the same timeby Daniel Scheinert and Dan Kwan. Nolan, who had previously spoken during his nomination presentation (read on), was brief on stage, acknowledging the DGA’s strength in the fight for filmmakers’ rights. In addition, Nolan thanked his teammates for the victory.
Nolan’s fellow rivals tonight for Best Director included Martin Scorsese (Flower Moon Killers), Greta Gerwig (Barbie), Yorgos Lanthimos (poor things) and Alexander Payne (The remains).
Nolan has already won Best Director at the Golden Globes and Critics Choice. He is also nominated for BAFTAs for Best Film, Adapted Screenplay and Director.
Cillian Murphy, who played the title character, presented Nolan with his nominee medal that same night, telling him in the Beverly Hilton ballroom that the journey with the filmmaker “begins with a call.” That means the script is ready to be read; However, while it is just the beginning for an actor, it is the middle point for Nolan. “With Chris, you’re always running to catch up to him,” said Murphy, who was relieved that the role Nolan didn’t want him to play “involved putting a bag over my head” (a reference to Murphy’s role as the villainous Scarecrow in The Directors dark Knight films). Nolan flew to Ireland to give Murphy the script for Oppenheimer.
“I can’t believe it’s been 20 years since we started this journey together,” Nolan told Murphy while accepting the medallion for his Feature Film nomination, “which means it’s been about 15 years since I woke up with a little hangover and said (my wife) Emma, ’I went to see Cillian last night and said, “You’re the greatest actor of all time?” As Murphy and the audience laughed, Nolan continued: “The DGA Awards are a such a special event, I don’t think so. At least because this event uniquely recognizes and understands that no one gets here alone.”
Addressing his team at the back of the ballroom, Nolan said, “In oppenheimerYou were never more focused on your game than on doing oppenheimer and I have never felt so well supported with a challenging set of tasks, and similarly, incredibly well supported with an incredible cast and wonderful crew.”
“Last but not least, I would like to thank my wife Emma Thomas, main producer of all of these films and main mother of our four children.”