Eastwood, Forster, Hackford, Payne, and Scorsese Nominated for Top Directors Guild Award

by Eugene Hernandez

Alexander Payne directing "Sideways." Credit: Fox Searchlight.

The Directors Guild of America has announced the nominees for its annual awards. They are: Clint Eastwood ("Million Dollar Baby"), Marc Forster ("Finding Neverland"), Taylor Hackford ("Ray"), Alexander Payne ("Sideways") and Martin Scorsese ("The Aviator"). DGA President Michael Apted made the announcement this morning (Thursday) in Los Angeles.

"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 know the blood, passion, and fear that go into each production," said Apted in a statement. "I offer my hearty congratulations to all the nominees for demonstrating how vision, when combined with skill and talent, creates excellence on the screen."

The nomination for the DGA Feature Film Award is the first for Marc Forster and Alexander Payne.

This marks Eastwood's third nomination for this award, wh was also nominated for "Mystic River" (2003) and "Unforgiven" (1992). Hackford was previously nominated for the award for "An Officer and a Gentleman" (1982), while Scorsese has been nominated six times, for "Gangs of New York" (2002), "The Age of Innocence" (1993), "Goodfellas" (1990), "Raging Bull" (1980), and "Taxi Driver" (1976).

The DGA award will be presented on January 29th at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles.