The Directors Guild of America announced their 2012 award nominations today and Michael Hazanavicius of "The Artist" and "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" director David Fincher both solidified their Oscar chances, earning nods in the Outstanding Achievement in Feature Film category.
They were joined by perennial favorites Martin Scorsese, who earned his ninth DGA nomination for "Hugo," and Woody Allen, whose nod for "Midnight in Paris" is his fifth career nomination. "The Descendants" director Alexander Payne, who was previously nominated for his last film, "Sideways," rounded out the field.
While Hazavanicius and Scorsese were expected to land nominations for their odes to film history, the rest of the field was a toss up thanks to a particularly strong field of contenders. Among those who missed out are "The Ides of March's" George Clooney, who is up among the best Director nominees at this year's Golden Globes, and "The Tree of Life's" Terrence Malick.
The Directors Guild of America, which was founded in 1936, has been giving out awards for excellence in directing since 1948. The DGA Awards traditionally have been an excellent predictor of Oscar success, with many of their nominees going on to earn Academy Award nominations as well; the winner of the DGA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Feature Film has only failed to win Best Director Oscar six times in 64 years.
Here's the full list of film nominees:
Woody Allen, "Midnight in Paris"
David Fincher, "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo"
Michel Hazavanicius, "The Artist"
Alexander Payne, "The Descendants"
Martin Scorsese, "Hugo"
Winners will be announced on Jan. 28.