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DGA Must Not Like "Bowling"

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Feb 14, 2003 | 11:15am EST

Guess these DGA members don't like Bowling.

The Directors Guild of America announced their nominations for directorial achievement in documentary Thursday, with Michael Moore's Bowling for Columbine conspicuously left off the list.

The nominees included Chuck Braverman for Bottom of the Ninth, Malcolm Clarke and Stuart Sender for Prisoner of Paradise, Rob Fruchtman and Rebecca Cammisa for Sister Helen, Tasha Oldham for The Smith Family and Leah Mahan for Sweet Old Song, P.O.V.

Columbine recently got an Oscar nomination for Best Documentary as well as a nod for original screenplay from the Writers Guild of America. Variety reports the United Artists release, which explores America's gun obsession, has been a major success on the arthouse circuit, grossing more than $18 million to make it the top-performing non-concert documentary ever.

Prisoner of Paradise was the only documentary to be nominated this year by both the DGA and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

The DGA differs with the Academy when making their nominations since the DGA considers documentaries which have aired only on television, while the Academy requires the films to have a theatrical release.

Also surprisingly missing from the DGA list, as well as the Academy noms, are two high-profile documentaries--The Kid Stays in the Picture, about the life and times of movie producer Robert Evans, and Standing in the Shadows of Motown, about the legendary R&B label. The winner will be announced March 1 at the DGA Awards ceremonies at the Century Plaza Hotel.

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