Directors Guild of America President Michael Apted today announced the five nominees for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2004.

"What makes this award truly meaningful to directors is the knowledge that only this award is decided solely by their peers -- the men and women who know the blood, passion, and fear that go into each production," said Apted. "I offer my hearty congratulations to all the nominees for demonstrating how vision, when combined with skill and talent, creates excellence on the screen."

The winner will be announced at the 57th Annual DGA Awards Dinner on Saturday, January 29, 2005, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.

The nominees are (in alphabetical order):

MILLION DOLLAR BABY

Warner Bros. Pictures

CLINT EASTWOOD

Mr. Eastwood's Directorial Team:

Unit Production Manager: Tim Moore

First Assistant Director: Robert Lorenz

Second Assistant Director: Donald Murphy

Second Second Assistant Directors: Katie Carroll

Additional Second Assistant Director: Ryan D. Craig

This is Mr. Eastwood's third nomination. He received a previous

nomination for MYSTIC RIVER (2003) and won the DGA Award for

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for

UNFORGIVEN (1992).

FINDING NEVERLAND

Miramax Films

MARC FORSTER

Mr. Forster's Directorial Team:

Unit Production Manager: Tim Porter

First Assistant Director: Martin Harrison

Second Assistant Director: Finn McGrath

Second Second Assistant Director: Rosie Newall

This is Mr. Forster's first nomination.

RAY

Universal Pictures

TAYLOR HACKFORD

Mr. Hackford's Directorial Team:

Unit Production Manager: Barbara A. Hall

First Assistant Director: Jerry Grandey

Additional First Assistant Director and

Second Assistant Director: Darrell Woodard

Key Second Assistant Director: Stephen LoNano

Second Second Assistant Directors: James Roque, Jr., Ann C. Salzer

Additional Second Assistant Directors: Jason Altieri, Jimi Woods,

John Riley

DGA Trainee: Jackie Frost

This is Mr. Hackford's second nomination. He was previously nominated

for AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN (1982).

SIDEWAYS

Fox Searchlight Pictures

ALEXANDER PAYNE

Mr. Payne's Directorial Team:

Unit Production Manager: Ginger Sledge

First Assistant Director: George Parra

Second Assistant Director: Nick Satriano

Second Second Assistant Director: Susan Walter

This is Mr. Payne's first nomination.

THE AVIATOR

Miramax Films

MARTIN SCORSESE

Mr. Scorsese's Directorial Team:

Unit Production Manager: Jan Foster

First Assistant Director: Joseph Reidy

Second Assistant Director: Christopher Surgent

Second Second Assistant Director: Peter Dress

This is Mr. Scorsese's sixth nomination. He was previously nominated

for GANGS OF NEW YORK (2002), THE AGE OF INNOCENCE (1993),

GOODFELLAS (1990), RAGING BULL (1980) and TAXI DRIVER (1976). In 1999

Scorsese was presented with the Filmmaker Award at the inaugural DGA

Honors Gala and he won the DGA's highest artistic honor, the Lifetime

Achievement Award (for distinguished achievement in film direction)

in 2003.

The DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film has traditionally been one of the industry's most accurate barometers for who will win the Best Director Academy Award.

Fifty out of fifty-six times since the DGA Award's inception in 1949, the DGA Award winner has won the corresponding Best Director Academy Award. The six exceptions are as follows:

1968: Anthony Harvey won the DGA Award for The Lion in Winter while

Carol Reed took home the Oscar(R) for Oliver!

1972: Francis Ford Coppola received the DGA's nod for The Godfather

while the Academy selected Bob Fosse for Cabaret.

1985: Steven Spielberg received his first DGA Award for The Color

Purple while the Oscar(R) went to Sydney Pollack for Out of Africa.

1995: Ron Howard was chosen by the DGA for his direction of Apollo 13

while Academy voters selected Mel Gibson for Braveheart.

2000: Ang Lee won the DGA Award for his direction of Crouching Tiger,

Hidden Dragon while Steven Soderbergh won the Academy Award

for Traffic.

2003: Rob Marshall won the DGA Award for Chicago at the 55th Annual

DGA Awards while Roman Polanski received the Academy Award for

The Pianist.

The winner in the Feature Film category will be announced at the DGA Awards dinner and ceremony on Saturday evening, January 29, 2005, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, California.

Of note: The date for next year's (2006) DGA Awards has been set for Saturday, January 28, 2006.

Brian B. at Movieweb
Brian B.