I believe this is the first time in history that former spouses are both competing for this award. Kathryn Bigelow and James Cameron were married from 1989 - 1991. Cameron executive produced her 1991 film, 'Point Break' and co-wrote and produced her 1995 film, 'Strange Days'. Cameron also starred Bigelow in "Reach", a 1988 music video for actor Bill Paxton's band Martini Ranch that featured appearances from some of her 'Near Dark' cast and his 'Aliens' cast members.
Kathryn Bigelow - 'The Hurt Locker' (This is Ms. Bigelow's first DGA Feature Film Award Nomination.)LOS ANGELES, CA: Directors Guild of America President Taylor Hackford today announced the five nominees for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2009.
"The DGA Award is especially meaningful to directors because it is decided solely by their peers - the men and women who have been in the same trenches and know exactly what goes into the crafting of a unique motion picture," said Hackford. "The five nominees for this year have each expressed an indelible vision that transported audiences to vivid vistas of cinematic art. My heartiest congratulations to all of the nominees."
James Cameron - 'Avatar' (This is Mr. Cameron's second DGA Feature Film Award Nomination. He previously won the Feature Film Award for Titanic in 1997.)
Lee Daniels - Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire (This is Mr. Daniels' first DGA Feature Film Award Nomination.)
Jason Reitman - Up In The Air (This is Mr. Reitman's first DGA Feature Film Award Nomination.)
Quentin Tarantino - Inglourious Basterds (This is Mr. Tarantino's second DGA Feature Film Award Nomination. He was previously nominated in this category for Pulp Fiction in 1994.)
The winner in the Feature Film category will be announced at the 62nd Annual DGA Awards Dinner on Saturday, January 30, 2010, at the Hyatt Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.
The DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film has traditionally been one of the industry's most accurate barometers for who will win the Best Director Academy Award.
Only six times since the DGA Awards began in 1948 has the Feature Film winner not gone on to win the corresponding Academy Award.
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