Friday, January 07, 2005


DGA nominates newbies and vets

The DGA welcomed two younger directors into the ranks of its nominees Thursday and honored three experienced helmers as it unveiled its shortlist for outstanding directorial achievement in a feature film. The first-time nominees are Alexander Payne, who directed the rueful comedy "Sideways" and Marc Forster, who helmed the tear-jerker "Finding Neverland."EDITOR'S NOTE: SNIFFLE/YUMMY. They join Taylor Hackford, earning his second DGA nomination for "Ray," Clint Eastwood, becoming a three-time nominee for "Million Dollar Baby," and Martin Scorsese, securing his sixth nomination for "The Aviator." The winner will be announced at the 57th annual DGA Awards dinner Jan. 29 at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. The DGA trophy often serves to predict who will win the Oscar for best director Feb. 27, because in 50 of the past 56 years, the DGA winner has gone on to earn the Academy Award for best director.


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