The Oscar race is starting to come into focus now, with the Directors Guild of America nominations giving us a pretty good idea of which filmmakers are going to get Academy Award nominations. The nominees for the 61st annual DGA Awards are:
- Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire. This is his first DGA nomination.
- Christopher Nolan, The Dark Knight. Nolan was previously nominated for Memento.
- Gus Van Sant, Milk. Van Sant got a nod for Good Will Hunting, too.
- David Fincher, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Fincher actually won a DGA Award in 2004 -- not for a film, but for his TV commercials.
- Ron Howard, Frost/Nixon. Howard won DGA Awards for A Beautiful Mind and Apollo 13, and was nominated for Cocoon.