Directors Guild announces TV nominations; Bryan Cranston receives 2 for 'Breaking Bad,' 'Modern Family'

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Fresh off his acclaimed portrayal of a teacher- turned-drug-lord in "Breaking Bad," actor Bryan Cranston collected a pair of nominations Thursday for his directorial work, earning Directors Guild of America nods for helming an episode of the hit AMC series, along with an episode of the ABC comedy "Modern Family."

Cranston was nominated for DGA Award for drama series directing for the "Blood Money" episode of "Breaking Bad." Series creator Vince Gilligan was also nominated in the category, as were David Fincher for "House of Cards," Lesli Linka Glatter for "Homeland" and David Nutter for "Game of Thrones."

In addition to Cranston, nominations for television comedy directing went to Mark Cendrowki and Anthony Rich for episodes of "The Big Bang Theory," Gail Mancuso for "Modern Family" and Beth McCarthy-Miller for "30 Rock."

Steven Soderbergh was nominated for directing the made-for-television film "Behind the Candelabra," as was David Mamet for helming another HBO film, "Phil Spector." Also nominated in the TV movie/miniseries category were Stephen Frears for "Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight," McCarthy-Miller and Rob Ashford for "The Sound of Music Live!" and Nelson McCormick for "Killing Kennedy."

The DGA Awards will be presented Jan. 25 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. The guild previously announced its feature-film nominations, which went to Alfonso Cuaron for "Gravity," Paul Greengrass for "Captain Phillips," Steve McQueen for "12 Years a Slave," David O. Russell for "American Hustle" and Martin Scorsese "The Wolf of Wall Street."

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