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Greta Gerwig, Jordan Peele, Guillermo del Toro Crack DGA Awards Nominations

12 January 2018

If it wasn't already an issue, Natalie Portman certainly made it one at the Golden Globes: There are talented, award-worthy female directors in the Oscar hunt this year.

Comedian-writer Jordan Peele is up for two awards including Best Director for his directorial debut, Get Out. This despite there being clear choices: Greta Gerwig ("Lady Bird"), Dee Rees ("Mudbound"), and Angelina Jolie ("First They Killed My Father") are all worthy contenders this year. Last year, Damien Chazelle became the youngest DGA feature film victor and went on to win the Academy Award for "La La Land". Peele scored a double honor with the DGA: he's also a "first-time feature film" honoree.

Add Mexican helmer Guillermo del Toro ("The Shape of Water") to the list and you have a positively progressive batch of nominees.

The last director that was nominated for the DGA's coveted Best Director award was Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri's, Martin McDonagh.

All five of the DGA nominees also won nods last week from the Producers Guild of America (PGA), which also has a track record of honouring the movie that goes on to win best picture at the Academy Awards, the industry's top prize. The Outstanding Directorial Achievement of a First-Time Feature Film Director featured a diverse group of nominees including Peele, Geremy Jasper (Patti Cake$), William Oldroyd (Lady Macbeth), Taylor Sheridan (Wind River), and legendary screenwriter Aaron Sorkin.

Gerwig's inclusion in the DGA Awards comes following some controversy around the Globes' all-male directing category. Since the film academy expanded the best picture category in 2009, it has shunned a DGA nominee's movie just once, when voters passed over David Fincher's 2011 sordid psychological thriller "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo".

Gerwig will find out if she receives the Best Director award when Judd Apatow hosts the Directors' Guild Awards on February 3.

Greta Gerwig, Jordan Peele, Guillermo del Toro Crack DGA Awards Nominations