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The Directors Guild of America on Thursday revealed the nominees for its 69th annual DGA Awards in the feature film categories, with La La Land's Damien Chazelle, Lion's Garth Davis, Moonlight's Barry Jenkins, Manchester by the Sea's Kenneth Lonergan and Arrival's Denise Villeneuve nominated for the group's best feature film directing award. All five are first-time DGA Award nominees.
In the category of first-time feature directors, a new award the Guild introduced last year to celebrate up-and-coming helmers, Nate Parker was nominated for The Birth of a Nation. It is the first major awards recognition for the film, which many had predicted would be an awards-season front-runner when it first debuted at last year's Sundance Film Festival, but which subsequently fell off the radar after the controversy surrounding Parker himself.
The other nominees in the category include Lion's Davis (his second DGA mention this year); Tim Miller for his anti-superhero movie Deadpool; Dan Trachtenberg for the thriller 10 Cloverfield Lane; and The Edge of Seventeen's Kelly Fremon Craig, the lone woman nominated in either of the two categories this year.
A full list of nominations, including those for directorial achievement in the TV, commercial and documentary categories, follows.
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