The nominees for feature film directing are: Woody Allen ("Midnight In Paris"), David Fincher ("The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"), Michel Hazanavicius ("The Artist"), Alexander Payne ("The Descendants"), and Martin Scorsese ("Hugo"). The frontrunner, according to all industry buzz, would appear to be Hazanavicius, but don't count out Allen or Payne just yet.
It's been a good few days for Fincher; after a slow start, "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" seems to have legs, making $11.3 million in it's third weekend in release, for a total of $76.8 million. It now looks poised to cross the coveted $100 million mark and should silence those who thought it was underperforming. And the DGA nod shows this "Girl" might have a place in the awards race, after all.
The winner will be announced at a ceremony Jan. 28.
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