Director's Guild releases 2011 DGA Awards nominees

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The Director’s Guild of America has released its list of nominated directors for the upcoming DGA Awards.

The nominees include a whole slew of DGA vets, including Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese, David Fincher and Alexander Payne. Only Michel Hazanavicius, nominated for "The Artist," had yet to have been nominated for a DGA award.

Meanwhile, Allen collected his fifth nomination for the whimsical "Midnight in Paris"; Scorsese’s nod for “Hugo” is his ninth. “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" is the third nomination for David Fincher, after also receiving props for "The Social Network" and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button."

“The Descendants" is the second nod for Payne.

"The directors nominated this year for the Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film Award have each demonstrated an inspired command of the medium," said DGA President Taylor Hackford in a press release issued Monday. "The fact that their prodigious talents have been recognized by their peers is the highest honor a director can achieve."

Since 1948 there have been only six occasions when the winner of the DGA Award for Feature Film Directing hasn’t gone on to win the Oscar for Best Director, the most recent being 2002's "Chicago."

The awards will be presented Jan. 28 at the Hollywood and Highland Grand Ballroom. They will be hosted by Kelsey Grammer.

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