Spielberg wins new awards nod, as Oscars await
LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Steven Spielberg, Kathryn Bigelow and Ben Affleck were among the nominees Tuesday for top honours from the Directors Guild of America (DGA), seen as a key bellwether for Oscars glory.
Others nominated for the DGA's prize for directorial achievement in a feature film - the winner of which regularly goes on to take best director Oscar - were Tom Hooper for his musical adaptation Les Miserables and Taiwanese-US director Ang Lee for the stunning 3-D Life of Pi.
The DGA shortlist was announced two days before the all-important unveiling of nominees for this year's Academy Awards, the climax of Hollywood's annual gongs season. The DGA winner will be announced on Feb 2.
Spielberg's political drama Lincoln already has strong momentum after topping nominations for the Golden Globes, the winners of which will be announced on Sunday.