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Directors Guild of America Awards: Spielberg makes history among nominees (2013)

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Story by Jack Foley

STEVEN Spielberg has made history by becoming the first director to secure 11 nominations by the Directors Guild of America (DGA).

The prolific filmmaker notched the landmark by being shortlisted for Lincoln.

He has previously won for Saving Private Ryan, Schindler’s List and The Color Purple and is seen as one of the favourites to land this year’s accolade.

He does, however, face a competitive field from the likes of Ben Affleck, who secured his first ever DGA nod for Argo and Kathryn Bigelow, who nabbed her second for Zero Dark Thirty.

The nominations are completed by Tom Hooper for Les Miserables and Ang Lee for Life of Pi.

Lee has been nominated three times previously and won for 2005’s Brokeback Mountain and 2000’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, while Hooper lands his second having previously won for his first, The King’s Speech.

The DGA Award is another of the best indicators of which filmmaker will go on to achieve Oscar success – only six times since the awards began in 1948 has the winner not gone on to score the Academy Award.

The nominations shortlist may also be seen as an indicator as to which filmmakers may feature on the best director Oscars shortlist, with some names notable by their absence.

There was no room among the nominees for David O Russell, whose Silver Linings Playbook is seen as a strong Oscar contender, or for Paul Thomas Anderson (The Master) or Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained).

The 65th annual awards will be presented on February 2, when Kelsey Grammer will serve as host.

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