Filmmakers Steven Spielberg, Kathryn Bigelow, Ben Affleck, Tom Hooper and Ang Lee received nominations from the Directors Guild of America (DGA) on Tuesday, ahead of the Oscar nominations this week.
Affleck, 40, landed his first Directors Guild film award nomination for Iran hostage thriller “Argo,” alongside Oscar-winning U.S. directors Bigelow and Spielberg, Taiwanese director Lee and British filmmaker Hooper.
The DGA nominations are often a key indicator of Oscar nominees and winners, and the Academy Award for best picture also often goes to the winner of the best director award.
The winner of the DGA feature film category will be revealed at a dinner ceremony hosted by Kelsey Grammer on Feb. 2 in Los Angeles, three weeks before the Academy Awards.
Steven Spielberg Scores Directors Guild Nod