It looks like "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" isn't dead from an awards standpoint after all. Less than a week after the film garnered a surprise nomination from the Producers Guild of America, David Fincher was singled out by the Directors Guild of America as one of the five best directors of 2011 for his work on the thriller.

Fincher's inclusion likely kept Steven Spielberg on the outside. The director was one of the assumed DGA favorites for "War Horse," but his name was left off the final ballot. What this does for Spielberg's Oscar chances remains to be seen, but: not great!

Other DGA nominees: Michel Hazanvicius for "The Artist," Alexander Payne for "The Descendants," Martin Scorsese for "Hugo" and Woody Allen for "Midnight in Paris."

Tate Taylor -- who directed awards-favorite "The Help" -- was also snubbed by the DGA, but with a PGA nomination plus an ensemble nod from SAG, his film should be among the chosen ones for Best Picture when the Oscar nominees are announced later this month.

[via DGA]
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