Greta Gerwig scores Oscars boost with Directors Guild of America Awards nomination

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The Directors Guild of America announced its nominees Thursday, naming Greta Gerwig ("Lady Bird"), Jordan Peele ("Get Out"), Guillermo del Toro ("The Shape of Water"), Christopher Nolan ("Dunkirk") and Martin McDonagh ("Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri") as its five nominees for feature film.

Hollywood's marathon awards season continued to churn along Wednesday morning with the announcement of TV and documentary contenders for the Directors Guild of America's DGA Awards. She's also up for the DGA Award. Gerwig's Lady Bird won Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy, though Gerwig was not nominated in the Globes' Best Director category. Nolan was previously nominated for "Inception", "The Dark Knight" and "Memento".

Notably, guild voters left out Steven Spielberg for "The Post".

Gerwig and Peele's nominations also comes following both missing out on BAFTA nominations earlier this week.

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The full list of nominations is available on the DGA website.

Peele, meanwhile, becomes the fourth black director nominated for a feature film, following Lee Daniels ("Precious"), Steve McQueen ("12 Years a Slave") and, last year, Barry Jenkins ("Moonlight"). Episodes directed by the Duffer Brothers for "Stranger Things" were recognized in the dramatic category as well as "The Handmaid's Tale" (Reed Morano) and three from the blockbuster "Game of Thrones (Jeremy Podeswa, Matt Shakman and Alan Taylor)". With that in mind, it's not unlikely that one or even two of these names could fall off in favor of someone like Sean Baker ("The Florida Project") or Luca Guadagnino ("Call Me by Your Name").

Since 1948, all but seven of the eventual winners of the accolade have gone on to repeat their success at the Oscars, with Damien Chazelle claiming the Best Director Academy Award past year (17) after taking home the DGA gong. I was nominated along 11 others on the PGA list, but it went home empty-handed after six nominations at Sunday's Golden Globes. Filmmaker Judd Apatow will host the ceremony in Beverly Hills, California on 3 February (18).

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