AceShowbiz - The Directors Guild of America has unveiled the list of nominees for its 70th Annual DGA Awards in the feature film category as well as the category for first-time director. And Greta Gerwig, who made her directorial debut with "Lady Bird", emerges as the only female filmmaker nominated at this year's event.
Gerwig is vying for the award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film. She is competing against other major names in this category, including Guillermo del Toro ("The Shape of Water"), Jordan Peele ("Get Out"), Martin McDonagh ("Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri") and Christopher Nolan ("Dunkirk").
This marks the first DGA Awards nods for Gerwig, Peele, McDonagh and del Toro, while Nolan is up for his fourth DGA award.
Meanwhile, Peele has received a second nomination in a major category for the 2018 DGA Awards as he's also up for Outstanding Achievement of a First-Time Feature Film Director. Other contenders in the category are Geremy Jasper ("Patti Cake$"), William Oldroyd ("Lady Macbeth"), Taylor Sheridan ("Wind River") and Aaron Sorkin ("Molly's Game")
The DGA has nearly 17,000 directors and members of the directorial team working in film, television, commercials, new media and other audiovisual media, making it one of the largest precursor bodies on the Oscar circuit. Most of the DGA Award nominees have a big chance to get nominated for Academy Awards.
Alejandro G. Innaritu became the first director to nab both DGAs and Oscars in consecutive years, for "Birdman" in 2015 and "The Revenant" in 2016. Last year, "La La Land" director Damien Chazelle took the DGA's top honor as well as the Oscar for best director, though his Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling-starring musical romance lost Academy's best picture prize to Barry Jenkins's "Moonlight".
The ceremony will take place on February 3 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. Here's the nomination list for both categories.
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: