David Fincher and Darren Aronofsky were among the five men nominated by the Directors Guild of America this afternoon, solidifying their status as Oscar frontrunners.
The 'Social Network' and 'Black Swan' helmers will compete against Tom Hooper ('The King's Speech'), David O'Russell ('The Fighter') and Christopher Nolan ('Inception') for the award, which will be handed out on Jan. 29.
Among the snubs were Danny Boyle, for '127 Hours,' and the Coen brothers, who are currently riding the box-office wave with their biggest hit ever, 'True Grit.'
The Directors Guild of America has often been viewed as the most accuracte Oscar predictor.
See the list of nominees after the jump, courtesy of IndieWire.