Clint Eastwood, Wes Anderson, Richard Linklater Among 2015 DGA Nominees

Alejandro G. Inarritu and Morten Tyldum join the three helmers in a stiff competition to win 2015 Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film.

AceShowbiz - Nominees for the 2015 Directors Guild of America Awards are unveiled, two days after the 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards. Three out of five nominees are DGA first-timers. No female directors are nominated this year.

Wes Anderson ("The Grand Budapest Hotel"), Clint Eastwood ("American Sniper"), Alejandro G. Inarritu ("Birdman"), Richard Linklater (Boyhood), and Morten Tyldum ("The Imitation Game") are up for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film. The winner will be revealed at the 67th Annual DGA Awards Dinner on February 7 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.

"In a year full of excellent films, DGA members have nominated a stellar group of passionate filmmakers," said DGA President Paris Barclay. "Inspiring and artistic, these five directors made films that left an indelible impact not only on their fellow directors and members of the director's team, but on audiences around the world."

It's Eastwood's fourth DGA nomination. He took home the award for "Unforgiven" in 1992 and for "Million Dollar Baby" in 2004. He was also nominated for "Mystic River" in 2003. He additionally received the DGA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006.

For Inarritu, it's his third DGA nod. He was previously nominated in the film category for "Babel" in 2006. He then won the Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Commercials for "Best Job" in 2012.

Meanwhile, it's the first DGA nomination for Anderson and Tyldum. "Couldn't be more excited to be recognized by my peers. I am thrilled that my fellow directors gave me this honor and to be in this group of talented artists is overwhelming. I am truly over the moon," the "Imitation Game" helmer gushed.

Linklater whose film "Boyhood" won best film and earned him best directing at the Golden Globes is also a DGA first-timer.

The DGA nominations sometimes reflect the best director nominations at the Academy Awards. Last year, four out of the five DGA nominees went on to vie for the Oscar statuette in the directing category.

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