Director Matt Shakman, who directed the acclaimed Disney + miniseries WandaVision, has earned a Directors Guild of America Award nomination in the Movies for Television and Limited Series category. WandaVision’s success has led critics and audiences alike to openly express their wishes for the show to be big in the upcoming award season. Fan reactions mainly focused on Elizabeth Olsen’s phenomenal acting performance. For now, director Matt Shakman is the one to be lauded for his remarkable conception and behind-the-scenes performance.
Matt Shakman’s direction is considered visibly amazing by many, as evidenced by the Disney + audience, and he deserves all the credit and appreciation. Matt’s performance of the sitcom storyline and the idea of filming those sequences in front of a live audience made that aspect of the show more unifying, especially after the reason for the “sitcom reality” was revealed.
WandaVision was a display of Matt’s amazing directing skills, his understanding of camera work, his knowledge of the use of colors and his ability to use comedy to tell a mystery thriller story. WandaVision was very diverse and detailed when it came to the direction and set performance. The show took place in different timelines and was a tribute to all the sitcoms of those respective times, starting with The Dick Van Dyke Show and ending with The Office. There were theme songs with melodies from different series, which in turn were inspired by the sitcoms of different decades.
Matt Shakman even shot the show in black and white to keep the meaning and integrity of those sitcoms alive and intact. Matt Shakman also excelled at shifting those sitcom eras by episode, which was visible visually through the changing quality of camera, movies, graphics, VFX, and color palettes. That is an achievement that is quite difficult to achieve. A nine-part series with ever-shifting paradigms in the technical specification of movie-making is a tough job alone, and Matt’s flawless way of handling these shifts is considered amazing by many Marvel fans and TV fanatics.
Matt Shakman’s DGA nomination is the first recognition for this WandaVisionIf nothing else, everyone expects acting nominations for Olsen, Bettany, Parris and Hahn. Honestly, I wouldn’t mind if Randall Park got an Outstanding Guest Actor nomination at the Emmys. As for Matt Shakman, this is his second DGA nomination; he was previously nominated in the Dramatic Series category for his work on the hit series Game of Thrones
In the Movies for Television and Limited Series category, Matt Shakman will face strong competition from Scott Frank, who has been nominated for his work on The Queen’s GambitOthers nominated are Susanne Bier for Undo it, Thomas Kail for Hamilton, and Lynn Shelton for Small fires everywhere
Bringing in a nomination in a main category right after it closes is a big achievement for that WandaVisionDespite the great work in writing and directing, earlier MCU outings were mostly only recognized for their visual effects. It lasted until 2018 Black Panther that the Marvel Cinematic Universe was recognized at the frontier and beyond, as the film became the first superhero adventure to be nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award. But given that WandaVision has baffled quite a bit on most levels and aspects of movie making and production, there is tremendous potential for the show to go critically big at awards shows this year. Matt Shakman’s DGA nomination may well be the start of a long series.
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