The Directors Guild of America announced today the nominations for the 71st edition of its annual awards, which includes Mexican filmmakers Alfonso Cuarón and Carlos López Estrada. Fresh from his Golden Globe win for Best Director, Cuarón has been nominated for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for his autobiographical epic drama Roma, while newcomer López Estrada was nominated for Outstanding Directorial Achievement of a First-Time Feature Film Director for his debut feature Blindspotting.
This marks the second DGA Feature Film Award nomination for Cuarón. He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film in 2013 for Gravity.
A hit at last year’s Sundance Film Festival, where it had its world premiere, Blindspotting follows Collin as he must make it through his final three days of probation for a chance at a new beginning in his Oakland neighborhood. His bond with his volatile best friend soon gets tested when Collin sees a police officer shoot a suspect in the back during a chase through the streets. Things soon come to a head when the buddies attend a party at the upscale home of a young and wealthy tech entrepreneur.
The winners of the 71st Annual DGA Awards will be announced on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at the Hollywood and Highland Center's Ray Dolby Ballroom in Hollywood, California.