Which Director Started to Cry When He Received a DGA Nomination?
Despite what Todd Phillips might think, that's not a snarky headline -- it's a legitimate question for you as Monday draws to an end. So, upon hearing that he'd been nominated by peers in the Directors Guild, which director welled up with tears?
Would you believe, David O. Russell? Taste the happy: "When Taylor Hackford called me this morning I have to admit I started to cry. I am so humbled because it is such a talented field this year, I had prepared myself to not be part of it. To be recognized by my peers, moves me beyond words with gratitude and humility. Like boxing, our business doesn't always give second chances," The Fighter director told Variety. "I'm eternally grateful to Mark Wahlberg for bringing me into this very special project about truly inspiring people like Micky Ward, Dick Eklund, and the families of Lowell; as I am grateful to producers David Hoberman, Ryan Kavanaugh, Todd Lieberman, the phenomenal cast, Paramount, Relativity, and the members of the DGA."
That's a long way away from calling Lily Tomlin the c-word. Give Russell credit; he directed the most big-hearted film among the year's contenders, and it seems he really took it to heart. Either that or he learned how to play the game. Nah, screw cynicism -- count me on Team David.
· Directors react to DGA nominations [Variety]