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Black Swan

Directors Guild of America President Taylor Hackford today announced the five nominees for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2010. The winner will be named at the 63rd Annual DGA Awards Dinner on Saturday, January 29, 2011.

1. DARREN ARONOFSKY, Black Swan (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

This is Mr. Aronofsky’s first DGA Feature Film Award Nomination.

2. DAVID FINCHER, The Social Network (Columbia Pictures)

This is Mr. Fincher’s second DGA Feature Film Award nomination.  He was previously nominated for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button in 2008.  He previously won the DGA Commercial Award for Speed Chain (Nike), Gamebreakers (Nikegridiron.com), and Beauty for Sale (Xelibri Phones) in 2003 and was nominated in that category again in 2008.

3. TOM HOOPER, The King’s Speech (The Weinstein Co.)

This is Mr. Hooper’s first DGA Feature Film Award Nomination.  He was previously nominated for the DGA Award for Movies for Television/Miniseries for John Adams in 2008.

4. CHRISTOPHER NOLAN, Inception (Warner Bros. Pictures)

This is Mr. Nolan’s third DGA Feature Film Award nomination.  He was previously nominated for The Dark Knight in 2008 and for Memento in 2001.

5. DAVID O. RUSSELL, The Fighter (Paramount Pictures and The Weinstein Co.)

This is Mr. Russell’s first DGA Feature Film Award nomination.

The DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film has traditionally been one of the industry’s most accurate barometers for who will win the Best Director Academy Award.

Only six times since the DGA Awards began in 1948 has the Feature Film winner not gone on to win the corresponding Academy Award:
1968: Anthony Harvey won the DGA Award for The Lion in Winter while Carol Reed took home the Oscar® for Oliver!
1972: Francis Ford Coppola received the DGA’s nod for The Godfather while the Academy selected Bob Fosse for Cabaret.
1985: Steven Spielberg received his first DGA Award for The Color Purple while the Oscar® went to Sydney Pollack for Out of Africa.
1995: Ron Howard was chosen by the DGA for his direction of Apollo 13 while Academy voters selected Mel Gibson for Braveheart.
2000: Ang Lee won the DGA Award for his direction of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon while Steven Soderbergh won the Academy Award for Traffic.
2002: Rob Marshall won the DGA Award for Chicago while Roman Polanski received the Academy Award for The Pianist.

 

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