Darren Aronofsky, Christopher Nolan Among Directors Guild Nominees

Niko Tavernise

The most notable omission was that of the Coen brothers, who won three years ago for "No Country for Old Men," but were not nominated this year for "True Grit."

The feature film directors nominated for the Directors Guild of America’s 63rd annual DGA Awards are Darren Aronofsky for Black Swan, David Fincher for The Social Network, Tom Hooper for The King’s Speech, Christopher Nolan for Inception and David O. Russell for The Fighter.

None of the nominees are previous winners in the DGA's feature director category.

Nolan was nominated twice previously -- for 2000's Memento and 2008's The Dark Knight.

Fincher has earned one previous DGA feature film directing nom -- for 2008's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button -- but he has been nominated twice for his commercial work, winning in that category in 2004.

While Hooper has not been nominated before in the DGA's film category, he did receive a nomination in 2009 in the TV movie/miniseries category for his work on HBO's John Adams.

Aronofsky and Russell are both first-time DGA nominees.

The most notable omission was that of the Coen brothers. Although they won the award three years ago for No Country for Old Men, they were not nominated this year for True Grit.

The DGA nominations are traditionally considered an indicator of where Academy sentiment is trending, since on only six occasions since the DGA Awards were begun in 1948 has the DGA feature film winner failed to go on to pick up the corresponding Oscar.

The winner will be announced at the DGA's annual awards dinner Jan. 29 at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland.

Read the full announcement after the jump [pagebreak].

DARREN ARONOFSKY
Black Swan
(Fox Searchlight Pictures)
 
Mr. Aronofsky’s Directorial Team:
·         Unit Production Manager: Jennifer Roth

·         First Assistant Director: Joseph Reidy

·         Second Assistant Director: Amy Lauritsen

·         Second Second Assistant Director: Travis Rehwaldt                

·         Location Manager: Ronnie Kupferwasser

 
This is Mr. Aronofsky’s first DGA Feature Film Award Nomination.  

DAVID FINCHER
The Social Network
(Columbia Pictures)
 
Mr. Fincher’s Directorial Team:
·         Unit Production Manager: JoAnn Perritano

·         First Assistant Director: Bob Wagner

·         Second Assistant Director: Allen Kupetsky

·         Second Second Assistant Director: Maileen Williams

This is Mr. Fincher’s second DGA Feature Film Award nomination.  He was previously nominated for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button in 2008.  He previously won the DGA Commercial Award for Speed Chain (Nike), Gamebreakers (Nikegridiron.com), and Beauty for Sale (Xelibri Phones) in 2003 and was nominated in that category again in 2008.
 
TOM HOOPER
The King’s Speech
(The Weinstein Co.)
 
Mr. Hooper’s Directorial Team:
·         Production Manager: Erica Bensly

·         First Assistant Director: Martin Harrison

·         Second Assistant Director: Chris Stoaling

This is Mr. Hooper’s first DGA Feature Film Award Nomination.  He was previously nominated for the DGA Award for Movies for Television/Miniseries for John Adams in 2008.

CHRISTOPHER NOLAN
Inception
(Warner Bros. Pictures)
 
Mr. Nolan’s Directorial Team:
·         Unit Production Manager: Jan Foster

·         First Assistant Director: Nilo Otero

·         Second Assistant Director: Brandon Lambdin

·         Second Second Assistant Director: Greg Pawlik

·         Additional Second Assistant Director: Lauren Pasternack

 
This is Mr. Nolan’s third DGA Feature Film Award nomination.  He was previously nominated for The Dark Knight in 2008 and for Memento in 2001.
 
DAVID O. RUSSELL
The Fighter
(Paramount Pictures and The Weinstein Co.)
 
Mr. Russell’s Directorial Team:
·         Unit Production Manager: Mark Kamine

·         First Assistant Director: Michele Ziegler

·         Second Assistant Director: Xanthus Valan

·         Second Second Assistant Director: Timothy Blockburger

 
This is Mr. Russell’s first DGA Feature Film Award nomination.  
 
The 63rd annual DGA Awards will take place on Jan. 29 at Hollywood & Highland.

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