Oscar 2010: Directors Guild Nominees

The Directors Guild of America's nominees for its top feature award are Darren Aronofsky for "Black Swan," David Fincher for "The Social Network," Tom Hooper for "The King's Speech," Christopher Nolan for "Inception" and David O. Russell for "The Fighter."

The DGA made the announcement Monday. The award will be presented Jan. 29 in ceremonies at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood and Highland.
 
It was the first DGA feature nomination for Aronofsky, Hooper and Russell.
 
Fincher was previously nominated for "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" and Nolan for "The Dark Knight" and for "Memento."
 
"2011 marks the 75th anniversary of the DGA, making the celebration of this year's five nominees especially meaningful," said DGA president Taylor Hackford. "Their inspired films radiate the passion and unique vision of each of these filmmakers, who are about to become part of our Guild's rich history. My sincerest congratulations to all five nominees."
 
The DGA award is viewed as a reliable predictor of the Academy Award for best director since the same director has won both in all but six years since 1948, including last year, when Kathryn Bigelow won both trophies for "The Hurt Locker."
 
The DGA nominations tend to parallel closely those by the Academy's best director. In last year's nominations, the five directors were the same with Bigelow, James Cameron for "Avatar," Lee Daniels for "Precious," Jason Reitman for "Up in the Air" and Quentin Tarantino for "Inglourious Basterds."
The directors branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has about 6% of the total membership of 5,777. Oscar noms will be announced Jan. 25.
 
The DGA will announce its TV nominees Tuesday and its documentary nods on Wednesday.
 
Darren Aronofsky – "Black Swan" (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Jennifer Roth
First Assistant Director: Joseph Reidy
Second Assistant Director: Amy Lauritsen
Second Second Assistant Director: Travis Rehwaldt
Location Manager: Ronnie Kupferwasser
David Fincher – "The Social Network" (Columbia Pictures)
Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: JoAnn Perritano
First Assistant Director: Bob Wagner
Second Assistant Director: Allen Kupetsky
Second Second Assistant Director: Maileen Williams
Tom Hooper – "The King's Speech" (The Weinstein Co.)
Directorial Team:
Production Manager: Erica Bensly
First Assistant Director: Martin Harrison
Second Assistant Director: Chris Stoaling
Christopher Nolan – "Inception" (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Jan Foster
First Assistant Director: Nilo Otero
Second Assistant Director: Brandon Lambdin
Second Second Assistant Director: Greg Pawlik
Additional Second Assistant Director: Lauren Pasternack
David O. Russell – "The Fighter" (Paramount Pictures and The Weinstein Co.)
Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Mark Kamine
First Assistant Director: Michele Ziegler
Second Assistant Director: Xanthus Valan
Second Second Assistant Director: Timothy Blockburger