by Alejandro Meneses Miyashita
Mexican directorAlejandro González If iarritu was nominated Jan. 9 by the Directors Guild of America for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for his production Babel.
The awards will be presented Feb. 3 at the Hyatt Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.
Gonzáles ltiarritu will be competing against Bill Condon (Dreamgirls), Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (Liltle Miss Sunshine), Stephen Frears (The Queen) and seven-time DGA nominee Martin Scorcese (The Departed). This is Gonzalez Iñarrituʼs first DGA nomination. “Each of these five nominees has demonstrated a remarkable ability to blend craft and vision in the pursuit of masterful storytelling,” DGA president Michael Apted said.
Actor Edward James Olmos also made the list of DGA nominees for Outstanding Directorial 5Achievement in Movies for Television for Walkout. Other nominees in that category include Charles S. Dutton (Sleeper Cell: American Terror “Home-), Randa Haines (The Ron Clark Story), Walter Hill (Broken Trail) and Peter Markle (Flight 93). This is also the first DGA nomination for Olmos.
Richard Shepard received a nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series for the hit show Ugly Beffy (Pilot).
WGA AWARDS ANNOUNCED:
TheWriters Guild of America, West and The Writers Guild of America, East have Mexican Guillermo Arriaga for best original screenplay for Babel. Arriaga will be competing against Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine), Peter Morgan (The Queen), Zach Helm (Stranger than Fiction) and Paul Greengrass (United 93). The hit television series Ugly Betty was nominated for best new series. Other nominations in that category include 30 Rock, Friday Night Lights, Heroes and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.
The 2007 Writers Guild Awards will be presented Feb. 11 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.