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The Directors Guild of America announced its nominees Tuesday for its annual Feature Film award, and the list contains a few surprises.

Wes Anderson continues to gain momentum for an eventual Oscar nomination for "The Grand Budapest Hotel," snagging a DGA nom for the first time in his career. And Clint Eastwood, who was snubbed by the Golden Globes, made a triumphant return to the DGAs, earning a nod for "American Sniper," his fourth overall nomination from the organization.

One notable exclusion from the list is "Selma" director Ava DuVernay, whose film was also snubbed by the Screen Actors Guild. David Fincher, once considered an Oscar lock for "Gone Girl," was also absent.

The rest of the DGA Feature Film nominees were Richard Linklater ("Boyhood"), Alejandro González Iñárritu ("Birdman"), and Morten Tyldum ("The Imitation Game"). The full list from the DGA, including each nominee's directorial team, is below. Nominations for the Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Television, Commercials, and Documentaries categories will be announced later this week.

The DGA will hand out its awards at a ceremony in Hollywood on February 7. Jane Lynch will host the event.

67th Annual DGA Awards Feature Film Nominees:

The Grand Budapest Hotel
(Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Mr. Anderson's Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Miki Emmrich
First Assistant Director: Josh Robertson
Second Assistant Director: Ben Howard

This is Mr. Anderson's first DGA Award nomination.

American Sniper
(Warner Bros. Pictures)

Mr. Eastwood's Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Tim Moore
First Assistant Director: David M. Bernstein
Second Assistant Director: Paula Case
Second Second Assistant Director: Clark Credle
First Assistant Director (Morocco Unit): Ahmed Hatimi
Second Assistant Director (Morocco Unit): Yann Mari Faget
Second Second Assistant Directors (Morocco Unit): Andrew Madden, Khalil Zghayou

This is Mr. Eastwood's fourth DGA Award nomination, all in this category. He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for Million Dollar Baby in 2004 and for Unforgiven in 1992. He was also nominated in this same category for Mystic River in 2003. Mr. Eastwood was honored with the DGA Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film in 2006.

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
(Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Mr. Iñárritu's Directorial Team:
Unit Production Managers: James W. Skotchdopole, Robert Graf
First Assistant Director: Peter Kohn
Second Assistant Director: Amy Lauritsen
Second Second Assistant Director: Catherine Feeny
Location Manager: Joaquin Prange

This is Mr. Iñárritu's third DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in this category for Babel in 2006. He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Commercials for "Best Job" (Proctor and Gamble) in 2012.

(IFC Films)

Mr. Linklater's Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Cathleen Sutherland
First Assistant Director: Vince Palmo Jr.
Second Assistant Directors: Susana Jasso, Kathleen Tull
Second Second Assistant Directors: Mary Beth Chambers, Brian Franklin

This is Mr. Linklater's first DGA Award nomination.

The Imitation Game
(The Weinstein Company)

Mr. Tyldum's Directorial Team:
Production Manager: Suzie Shearer
First Assistant Director: Phil Booth
Second Assistant Director: James Manning

This is Mr. Tyldum's first DGA Award nomination.

[via: Indiewire]

Photo credit: Jason Merritt via Getty Images

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