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Directors Guild nominations: No love for the Coen brothers or Danny Boyle

January 10, 2011 | 11:55 am

True grit 
Given that the Directors Guild of America Awards nominations are often considered a bellwether for how the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will largely vote for the Oscars, Christopher Nolan's chances for Oscar consideration just got a whole lot brighter Monday morning with his nomination for "Inception."

Unfortunately, those hopes waned a bit more for the Coen brothers, who were omitted from the DGA's Top Five list for "True Grit," whose domestic box office now stands at $110 million. The two were honored with a win back in 2008 for "No Country for Old Men" and went on to win both best picture and director.

And while Fox Searchlight will be celebrating the recognition Monday for Darren Aronofsky for "Black Swan," they must be mourning the omission of Danny Boyle ("127 Hours"), who was left off the list of five. Boyle also won the DGA, back in 2009, as a precursor to his Oscar win for "Slumdog Millionaire." 

Rather than choosing the two veterans, the DGA went with Aronofsky and David O. Russell for "The Fighter," two directors who have never been nominated by their guild. Nolan has received two nominations over the course of his career, one for 2000's "Momento" and for "The Dark Knight" in 2008. David Fincher, who was granted a nod for "The Social Network," was nominated in 2008 for "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button."

Tom Hooper, who was also nominated for "The King's Speech,"  has never been nominated in the feature film category, but the British director was recognized in 2009 for his HBO miniseries, "John Adam."

Nicole Sperling

Photo: Hailee Steinfeld and Jeff Bridges in the Coen brothers' "True Grit." Credit: Paramount Pictures.