The Directors Guild of America has announced their nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2009, and they are:
Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker
James Cameron, Avatar
Lee Daniels, Precious
Jason Reitman, Up in the Air
Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds
The obvious surprise is Daniels, with the other four having already cemented themselves as virtual locks for Oscar nominations. Personally, I love the recognition of Daniels and his film, which is one of my favorites of 2009. While this does go a long way towards improving his chances of an Oscar nomination, I'm not going to get my hopes up too high as they were crushed last year when Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight) received a well-deserved DGA nomination and was subsequently snubbed by the Academy.
The DGA will announce the winner on January 30th.