Story by: Jack Foley
PETER Jackson and Anthony Minghella are among those nominated
for the first awards to be presented by the Directors Guild of
The directors of The Lord
of the Rings: The Return of the King and Cold
Mountain will battle against Sofia Coppolas Lost
in Translation and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritus 21
Grams in the international film category, which will be announced
at a London ceremony on February 21.
Girl With a Pearl Earring
director, Peter Webber, and Young Adam's
David Mackenzie will compete for a UK accolade.
The awards also seek to honour TV, as well as cinema, and will
also recognise achievements in documentaries and commercials.
On the small screen, Stephen Poliakoff received a nomination
for his drama, The Lost Prince, while Stephen Frears was nominated
for The Deal. They will be up against Adrian Shergold's The Second
Coming and David Yates' State Of Play.
Writer/director Richard Curtis, whose works stretches from TVs
Blackadder, to Four Weddings And A Funeral, and, most recently,
Love Actually, is to receive
an award for Outstanding Contribution to British Film and Television.
Michael Winner will host the event, while Dont Look Now
director, Nic Roeg, is among the guest presenters who will appear
on the evening.