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Various Authors 3:49 p.m., Dec. 3
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The Directors Guild of America announced their nominees, and with two films up for contention, Spielberg got the gate. Marty is in, as are Alexander Payne (The Descendants), Woody Allen (Midnight in Paris), David Fincher (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo), and the shoe-in candidate, Michel Hazanavicius, the man with a last name that reads like an eye-chart, for The Artist.
A bigger shock than the War Horse snub is the inclusion of David Fincher for his trace job of the 2009 Swedish art house sensation. Many were quick to write him off, but as The Hollywood Reporter points out, "Expect those predictions to be revised now that Dragon Tattoo has clinched the trifecta of DGA, PGA, and WGA nods."
The DGA is generally a good barometer of who will take home Oscar gold. Only six times since its inception in 1948 has a DGA winner not received a best director Oscar.
Don't view the Directors Guild of America's slight as anti-Spielberg. If anything, look upon it as a brilliant display of quality control.