DGAs noms — Is Eastwood getting shut out?

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Directors Guild of America president Michael Apted today announced the five nominees for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2006. The winner will be announced at the 59th annual DGA awards dinner on Feb. 3 in Los Angeles. ...

The nominees are (in alphabetical order):
BILL CONDON for "DREAMGIRLS"
JONATHAN DAYTON & VALERIE FARIS for "LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE"
STEPHEN FREARS for "THE QUEEN"
ALEJANDRO GONZALEZ INARRITU for "BABEL"
MARTIN SCORSESE for "THE DEPARTED"

Ed Copeland wonders if, given the PGA and DGA nominations, Clint Eastwood is being kindly nudged aside.

This is Scorsese's seventh DGA nomination, while these are the first for the other four directors.

Scorsese previously was nominated for ‘‘The Aviator’’ (2004), ‘‘Gangs of New York’’ (2002), ‘‘The Age of Innocence’’ (1993), ‘‘Goodfellas’’ (1990),’’ ‘‘Raging Bull’’ (1980) and ‘‘Taxi Driver’’ (1976). He received the DGA’s honorary Filmmaker Award in 1999 and the guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003.

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. Fifty-two out of fifty-eight times since the DGA Award’s inception in 1949, the DGA Award winner has won the corresponding Best Director Academy Award. The six exceptions are as follows:
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."
2003: Rob Marshall won the DGA Award for "Chicago" at the 55th annual
DGA Awards while Roman Polanski received the Academy Award for "The
Pianist."

AP/Sun-Times wires

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