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Directors Guild nominations: Christopher Nolan is 'thrilled'

January 10, 2011 | 12:33 pm

Christopher Nolan , 40, earned his third Directors Guild nomination Monday in the feature film category for his surreal box-office hit, "Inception." He was previously nominated for "The Dark Knight" and "Memento."

In a statement released  Monday Nolan said:

"I’m thrilled that the DGA membership has chosen to nominate me and my DGA team (Jan Foster, Nilo Otero, Brandon Lambdin, Greg Pawlik, Lauren Pasternack) for our work on “Inception.” The recognition of our peers is extremely gratifying -- this is an incredible honor."

Vying with Nolan for the DGA award are Darren Aronofsky ("Black Swan"), David Fincher ("The Social Network"),  Tom Hooper ("The King's Speech) and David O. Russell ("The Fighter").

The winner will be announced Jan. 29.

-- Susan King

Photo: Christopher Nolan. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times