LOS ANGELES – Steven Spielberg has extended his domination at the Directors Guild of America Awards, earning a nomination Tuesday for his Civil War epic Lincoln to pad the record he already held to 11 film nominations from the guild.
Also nominated were past winners Kathryn Bigelow for her Osama bin Laden thriller Zero Dark Thirty; Tom Hooper for his musical Les Miserables; and Ang Lee for his lost-at-sea story Life of Pi.
Rounding out the Directors Guild lineup is first-time nominee Ben Affleck for his Iran hostage-crisis tale Argo.
The Directors Guild field is one of Hollywood’s most-accurate forecasts for who will be in the running at the Academy Awards, whose nominations come out Thursday. The winner at the Directors Guild almost always goes on to win the directing prize at the Oscars, too.
Besides the record number of feature-film nominations, Spielberg also has won the Directors Guild prize a record three times, for The Color Purple, Schindler’s List and Saving Private Ryan, along with directing Oscars for the latter two.
Bigelow became the first woman ever to win the guild honor and the directing Oscar three years ago for The Hurt Locker. Hooper won the same prizes a year later for The King’s Speech, while Lee is a two-time guild winner for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Brokeback Mountain, the latter also earning him the directing Oscar.
Winners for the 65th annual Directors Guild awards will be announced Feb. 2.
Milos Forman, director of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Amadeus, will receive the guild’s lifetime-achievement award.
Sound professionals announce noms
The Cinema Audio Society made nominations Tuesday in several film and television categories recognizing excellence in sound mixing.
The film nominees are:
Live action: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Les Misérables, Lincoln, Skyfall and Zero Dark Thirty
Animated: Brave, Frankenweenie, The Lorax, Rise of the Guardians and Wreck-It Ralph
Awards will be announced Feb. 16 at a ceremony in Los Angeles.