(LOS ANGELES) — Martin Scorsese and Woody Allen earned nominations Monday for the top prize at the upcoming Directors Guild of America Awards.
Scorsese received a nod for Hugo, and Allen is in the running for his work on Midnight in Paris. The other nominees are David Fincher, for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo; Alexander Payne, for The Descendants; and Michel Hazanavicius, for The Artist.
Absent from the list is Steven Spielberg; he most recently directed The Adventures of Tintin and likely Oscar contender War Horse.
The DGA award for outstanding directorial achievement in a feature film is considered to be a reliable predictor of who will win the Academy Award for best director. Only six times since the DGA Awards began in 1948 has its feature film winner not gone on to win the best-director Oscar later in the year.
The TV nominees will be announced on Tuesday. The 64th Annual DGA Awards, hosted by Kelsey Grammer, will be held in Beverly Hills on Jan. 28.
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