The Directors Guild of America revealed its five nominees for best feature film director of 2017 on Thursday and they are: Guillermo del Toro (“The Shape of Water”), Greta Gerwig (“Lady Bird”), Martin McDonagh (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”), Christopher Nolan (“Dunkirk”) and Jordan Peele (“Get Out”).
Chances are strong that one of their movies will go on to nab the Oscar for best picture. More than any other Hollywood union, the Directors Guild’s top award is heavily predictive of Oscar gold, with nearly 80 percent of all D.G.A. best director winners’ pictures going on to land the academy’s top prize.
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The nominations of Ms. Gerwig and Mr. Peele also forecast a more diverse slate of best-director Oscar nominees the the all-white male roster that garnered Golden Globe nominations. That lineup prompted Natalie Portman, presenting the best director Globe on Sunday, to announce, “And here are the all-male nominees.”
The DGA Awards will be handed out Feb. 3 at the Beverly Hilton. The Oscars are March 4.