Jordan Peele and Greta Gerwig Get Directors Guild Nominations

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Hollywood's marathon awards season continued to churn along Wednesday morning with the announcement of TV and documentary contenders for the Directors Guild of America's DGA Awards.

Spielberg, whose press freedom movie The Post attracted strong Oscar buzz last month, Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins, and Italian Luca Guadagnino, whose gay romance Call Me by Your Name is high on critics' list, were all passed over by the DGA.

The last director that was nominated for the DGA's coveted Best Director award was Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri's, Martin McDonagh. Spielberg was last nominated in 2010 for his film, Lincoln. Due to this she is unable to be recognized for the first-timer category.

The others: Lina Wertmüller ("Seven Beauties"), Randa Haines ("Children of a Lesser God"), Barbra Streisand ("The Prince of Tides"), Jane Campion ("The Piano"), Sofia Coppola ("Lost in Translation"), Valerie Faris (with Jonathan Dayton, "Little Miss Sunshine") and Kathryn Bigelow ("The Hurt Locker", "Zero Dark Thirty").

Dunkirk's Christopher Nolan and Jordan Peele, recognised for Get Out, round out the shortlist.

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This is the first of his DGA nominations that also transfers to an Oscar nomination for Best Director, a category that he has yet to win in.

The academy's embrace of Gibson was surprising not just because of the director's controversial past. 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. Typically, it's the 16,000-plus DGA voters rewarding the helmers behind big, commercial movies ("The Martian", "American Sniper", "Captain Phillips") while the much smaller academy directors branch (512 active members this year) go for artier dramas ("Room", "Foxcatcher", "Nebraska").

Winners will be revealed at an untelevised February 3 ceremony and dinner in Beverly Hills hosted by Judd Apatow.

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