The nominees are (in alphabetical order):
Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker (Summit Entertainment)
Ms. Bigelow's Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Tony Mark
First Assistant Director: David Ticotin
First Assistant Director (Canadian Unit): Lee Cleary
This is Ms. Bigelow's first DGA Feature Film Award Nomination.
James Cameron, Avatar (Twentieth Century Fox)
Mr. Cameron's Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Colin Wilson
First Assistant Director: Josh McLaglen
Second Assistant Director/Add'l Unit First Asst Director: Maria Battle Campbell
This is Mr. Cameron's second DGA Feature Film Award Nomination. He previously won the Feature Film Award for Titanic in 1997.
Lee Daniels, Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire (Lionsgate)
Mr. Daniels' Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Tony Hernandez
First Assistant Director: Chip Signore
Second Assistant Director: Tracey Hinds
Second Second Assistant Director: Michael "Boogie" Pickney
Additional Unit Production Manager: Patrick D. Gibbons
Additional First Assistant Director: Tom Fatone
Additional Second Assistant Directors: Kim Thompson, Mirashyam Blakeslee
Location Manager: Gregory Routt
This is Mr. Daniels' first DGA Feature Film Award Nomination.
Jason Reitman, Up In The Air (Paramount Pictures)
Mr. Reitman's Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Michael Beugg
First Assistant Director: Jason Blumenfeld
Second Assistant Director: Sonia Bhalla
Assistant Unit Production Manager: Samson Mucke
Second Second Assistant Director: Joseph Payton
Additional Second Assistant Director: Heather L. Hogan
This is Mr. Reitman's first DGA Feature Film Award Nomination.
Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds (Weinstein Co/Universal Pictures)
Mr. Tarantino's Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Gregor Wilson
Unit Production Manager (Germany): Michael Scheel
First Assistant Director: Carlos Fidel
Second Assistant Director: Miguel Angelo Pate
Second Second Assistant Directors: Jill Moriarty, Tanja Däberitz
This is Mr. Tarantino's second DGA Feature Film Award Nomination. He was previously nominated in this category for Pulp Fiction in 1994.
*The six exceptions are as follows:
1968: Anthony Harvey won the DGA Award for The Lion in Winter while Carol Reed took home the Oscar® for Oliver!
1972: Francis Ford Coppola received the DGA's nod for The Godfather while the Academy selected Bob Fosse for Cabaret.
1985: Steven Spielberg received his first DGA Award for The Color Purple while the Oscar® went to Sydney Pollack for Out of Africa.
1995: Ron Howard was chosen by the DGA for his direction of Apollo 13 while Academy voters selected Mel Gibson for Braveheart.
2000: Ang Lee won the DGA Award for his direction of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon while Steven Soderbergh won the Academy Award for Traffic.
2002: Rob Marshall won the DGA Award for Chicago while Roman Polanski received the Academy Award for The Pianist.