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DGA Announces Nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for the Year 2008.

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Directors Guild of America Third Vice President Taylor Hackford today announced the five nominees for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2008.

"A film is a collaboration, but it is the director's energy and vision that brings the elements of script, performance and production into a satisfying totality. Today's nominees demonstrate how vision, combined with skill and talent, creates magic on the screen," said Hackford. "What makes this award truly meaningful to directors is the knowledge that only this award is decided solely by their peers - the men and women who live the passion, sweat and fear that goes into creating feature films."

The winner will be named at the 61st Annual DGA Awards Dinner on Saturday evening, January 31, 2009, at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel.
 The nominees are (in alphabetical order):

 DANNY BOYLE

 SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE
 (Fox Searchlight Pictures & Warner Bros. Pictures)

 Mr. Boyle's Directorial Team:


 Unit Production Manager: Sanjay Kumar
 First Assistant Director: Raj Acharya
 Second Assistant Director: Avani Batra
 Second Second Assistant Director: Sonia Nemawarkar

 This is Mr. Boyle's first DGA Feature Film Award nomination.


 DAVID FINCHER

 THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON
 (Paramount Pictures & Warner Bros. Pictures)

 Mr. Fincher's Directorial Team:


 Unit Production Manager: Daniel M. Stillman
 First Assistant Director: Bob Wagner
 Second Assistant Director: Allen Kupetsky
 Second Second Assistant Directors: Pete Waterman, Stephen F. Lonano




This is Mr. Fincher's first DGA Feature Film Award nomination. He previously won the DGA Commercial Award for Speed Chain (Nike), Gamebreakers (Nikegridiron.com), and Beauty for Sale (Xelibri Phones) in 2003.
 RON HOWARD

 FROST/NIXON
 (Universal Pictures)

 Mr. Howard's Directorial Team:


 Unit Production Manager: Kathleen McGill
 First Assistant Director: William M. Connor
 Second Assistant Director: Kristen Ploucha
 Second Second Assistant Director: Scott R. Meyers




This is Mr. Howard's fourth DGA Feature Film Award nomination. He was previously nominated in this category for Cocoon in 1985, and won the Award in 2001 for his direction of A Beautiful Mind and in 1995 for Apollo 13.
 CHRISTOPHER NOLAN

 THE DARK KNIGHT
 (Warner Bros. Pictures)

 Mr. Nolan's Directorial Team:


 Unit Production Managers: Kevin De La Noy, Susan Towner, Jan Foster
 First Assistant Director: Nilo Otero
 Second Assistant Director: Brandon Lambdin
 Additional Second Assistant Director: Jessica Franks
 Second Second Assistant Director: Greg Pawlik
 Location Manager: James R. McAllister




This is Mr. Nolan's second DGA Feature Film Award nomination. He was previously nominated for Memento in 2001.
 GUS VAN SANT

 MILK
 (Focus Features)

 Mr. Van Sant's Directorial Team:


 Unit Production Manager: Barbara A. Hall
 First Assistant Director: David Webb
 Second Assistant Director: John R. Saunders
 Second Second Assistant Director: Ian Calip
 Additional Second Assistant Director: Cindy A. Taylor




This is Mr. Van Sant's second DGA Feature Film Award nomination. He was previously nominated for Good Will Hunting in 1997.

The DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film has traditionally been one of the industry's most accurate barometers for who will win the Best Director Academy Award; only six times since the DGA Awards began in 1948 has the Feature Film winner not gone on to win the corresponding Academy Award:

1968: Anthony Harvey won the DGA Award for The Lion in Winter while Carol Reed took home the Oscar(R) for Oliver!

1972: Francis Ford Coppola received the DGA's nod for The Godfather while the Academy selected Bob Fosse for Cabaret.

1985: Steven Spielberg received his first DGA Award for The Color Purple while the Oscar(R) went to Sydney Pollack for Out of Africa.

1995: Ron Howard was chosen by the DGA for his direction of Apollo 13 while Academy voters selected Mel Gibson for Braveheart.

2000: Ang Lee won the DGA Award for his direction of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon while Steven Soderbergh won the Academy Award for Traffic.

2002: Rob Marshall won the DGA Award for Chicago while Roman Polanski received the Academy Award for The Pianist.

The winner in the Feature Film category will be announced at the 61st Annual DGA Awards Dinner and ceremony on Saturday evening, January 31, 2009, at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel.

CONTACT: Sahar Moridani, +1-310-289-5333, for Directors Guild of America

Web Site: http://www.dga.org/
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