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James Cameron, Kathryn Bigelow to face off at the DGA awards

January 7, 2010 | 10:55 am


The Directors Guild of America today set up a juicy subplot at its annual awards by nominating James Cameron and Kathryn Bigelow, his ex-wife, for its top prize.

The “Avatar” and “The Hurt Locker” filmmakers were part of a group of directors that also included Jason Reitman (“Up in the Air”), Lee Daniels (“Precious”) and Quentin Tarantino (“Inglourious Basterds”) shortlisted for the group's outstanding directorial achievement in feature film. The DGA will hand out the award at a ceremony in Los Angeles on Jan. 30.

It is the second time that the two filmmakers, who remain on good terms, will face off against each other. The two were also each nominated for a Golden Globe.

The DGA's choices overlap with the Globes’ nominations in all but one key respect: Daniels, who was snubbed by the Globes, lands on the list in place of “Invictus” director Clint Eastwood, who nabbed a Globe nomination but not a DGA one. Awards pundits remain divided on which of the two directors will land what probably will be the fifth Oscar slot.

Bigelow will get a chance to win and match Cameron, who previously won the award for “Titanic” in 1998. All the other directors are first-time nominees except for Tarantino, who was nominated for “Pulp Fiction” 15 years ago.

-- Steven Zeitchik

Photo: Kathryn Bigelow, left, Suzy Amis and James Cameron. Credit: Todd Williamson / WireImage