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DGA, Producers Guild Announce Nominations

The Clint Eastwood film "Million Dollar Baby" and the Martin Scorsese film "The Aviator" are each flying high now that the Producers Guild of America and the Directors Guild of America have announced their nominees for the best work in film during 2004.

Eastwood and Scorsese are vying for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film. Eastwood won in 1992 for "Unforgiven" and was nominated in 2003 for "Mystic River." Scorsese, who is a perennial Academy Award also-ran, has also been DGA-nommed on five previous occasions, for "Gangs of New York" in 2002, "The Age of Innocence" in 1993, "Goodfellas" in 1990, "Raging Bull" in 1980, and "Taxi Driver" in 1976. In 1999 Scorsese was presented with the Filmmaker Award at the inaugural DGA Honors Gala and he won the DGA's highest honor, the Lifetime Achievement Award, in 2003.

Competing against Eastwood and Scorsese for the DGA honor is Marc Forster for "Finding Neverland," Taylor Hackford for "Ray," and Alexander Payne for "Sideways."

Over at the Producers Guild, the studios that produced Eastwood's and Scorsese's pictures are vying for the Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award: Warner Bros. for "Million Dollar Baby" and Miramax for "The Aviator." Forster's "Finding Neverland" (Miramax) and Payne's "Sideways" (Fox Searchlight) are also PGA-nommed, as is Walt Disney's "The Incredibles."

Additional PGA nominations include honors for long-form television ("Angels in America," HBO; "Horatio Hornblower," A&E; "Ike: Countdown to D-Day," A&E; "The Lion in Winter," Showtime; "Something the Lord Made," HBO), episodic drama ("CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," CBS; "Nip/Tuck," FX; "Six Feet Under," HBO; "The Sopranos," HBO; "The West Wing," NBC), and episodic comedy ("Arrested Development," Fox; "Curb Your Enthusiasm," HBO; "Scrubs," NBC; "Sex and the City," HBO; "Will & Grace," NBC).

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