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DGA picks its five nominees for 2009 awards

Kate Erbland

by: Kate Erbland
January 7th, 2010

The Director's Guild of America has just released its five nominees for its 62nd Annual Awards. The five directors chosen by the Guild comprise some of the top picks we're already familiar with in the already heating-up awards show season.

Despite a lot of retread from other awards, the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film stands out, as it's touted as "one of the industry's most accurate barometers for who will win the Best Director Academy Award." Since the DGA Awards first began in 1948, there have only been six instances when its winner did not go on to win the Academy Award. The last time this happened was in 2002, when Rob Marshall won the DGA Award for CHICAGO, but Roman Polanski went on to win the Oscar for THE PIANIST.

Hit the jump to see the list of nominees!

1. Kathryn Bigelow (THE HURT LOCKER) - first nomination
2. James Cameron (AVATAR) - second nomination, he previously won for TITANIC in 1997
3. Lee Daniels (PRECIOUS) - first nomination
4. Jason Reitman (UP IN THE AIR) - first nomination
5. Quentin Tarantino (INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS) - second nomination, he was previously nominated for PULP FICTION in 1994

The winner will be announced at the 62nd Annual DGA Awards Dinner, taking place on Saturday, January 30, 2010, at the Hyatt Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.

You can also read the full press release HERE.

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