DGA Picks Coppola, Eastwood, Jackson, Ross and Weir for '03 Feature Award

by Eugene Hernandez

Directors Guild of America (DGA) president Michael Apted announces the nominees for the 2003 DGA feature film award on Tuesday. Image provide by DGA.

Directors Guild of America (DGA) president Michael Apted announced the five nominees for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2003. Nominated this year are Sofia Coppola for "Lost in Translation," Clint Eastwood for "Mystic River," Peter Jackson for "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King," Gary Ross for "Seabiscuit," and Peter Weir for "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World."

"I offer my hearty congratulations to all the nominees for their outstanding achievements," Apted said in a statement Tuesday. "A director has the responsibilities of shaping a story, creating a visual language, and bringing all elements of the filmmaking process together. These five individuals and their films clearly demonstrate how a director's skill, when combined with vision, can create excellence in filmmaking. I look forward to raising a glass in their honor on February 7th."

The nomination marks Coppola's first nomination, while it is Eastwood's second, he won the 1992 DGA Award for "Unforgiven." Peter Jackson has been nominated three times, for each of the films in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, this is Gary Ross' first nomination, and Peter Weir has been nomination four times. Weir has been nominated for "Witness" (1985), "Dead Poets Society" (1989) and "The Truman Show" (1998).

Apted also announced this week that Mike Nichols will receive the Directors Guild of America Lifetime Achievement Award. Nichols has received significant acclaim in the past month for his work on "Angels in America."

The DGA Awards dinner will be held at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles in February 7th.