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Ang Lee earns Directors Guild of America nomination
The prestigious Directors Guild of America nominees were announced today, and local director Ang Lee was named one of the honorees.
Ang Lee, who has called Larchmont home, was recognized for his work helming “Life of Pi.” Lee won the DGA award for 2000's "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" and 2005's “Brokeback Mountain,” and in the latter case, went on to win the Oscar that same year.
In fact, the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film has been a strong indicator of who will win the Oscar for Best Director. Since 2003, the director who received the DGA award also went on take home the Academy Award, including last year’s winner Michel Hazanavicius, who received both prizes for “The Artist,” a film that won the Oscar for Best Picture.
Other DGA nominees this year include Ben Affleck (“Argo”), Kathryn Bigelow (“Zero Dark Thirty”), Tom Hooper (“Les Misérables”) and Steven Spielberg (“Lincoln”).
Lee’s film is not only receiving critical acclaim, but also experiencing box-office success as well. The film, based on the best-selling 2001 novel by Yann Martel, has grossed close to $400 million worldwide to date.
The DGA winner will be announced at an awards dinner taking place Feb. 2 in Los Angeles. Oscar nominations will be announced Jan. 10, so check back with Hudson Buzz tomorrow for a full rundown of which local talent could earn Academy Award nods.
Photo: Ang Lee poses after being honored the Officer des Arts et des Lettres at Ministere de la Culture in Paris in November 2012.