January 22, 2001
from Mr. Showbiz
Will director Steven Soderbergh double his fun come Oscar time?
Though his pictures lost out at Sunday's Golden Globe Awards,
Soderbergh's chances are far from over.
filmmaker has received best director nominations for a pair
of his 2000 releases, Erin Brockovich and Traffic, from the
Directors Guild of America whose winners have gone
on to snare a directing Oscar all but four times since 1949.
is only the second double nominee in history, according to
Variety. The only other director to receive two nominations
in one year was Francis Ford Coppola, who received a dual
nomination in 1974 for The Godfather: Part II and The Conversation.
to see why Soderbergh was nominated: His praises were sung
high and low at the Golden Globes ceremony, with best actress
winner Julia Roberts gushing about his genius the longest.
"I would read the phone book to him, if he asked me to,"
the Brockovich star said.
directorial nominees for outstanding achievement in 2000 include
Cameron Crowe (who won a best comedy/musical Globe for his
Almost Famous), newly crowned Globe best director Ang Lee
(Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), and Ridley Scott (whose
Gladiator received a best drama statue at the Globes).
which will be hosted by Steven Spielberg March 10, often foreshadow
what will happen in the Best Director category at the Academy
Awards in late March.
and Erin Brockovich nods are Soderbergh's first recognition
from the DGA.