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Aronofsky, Fincher, Hooper, Nolan & Russell Get Directors Guild Nods

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    Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis star as ballerinas vying for Vincent Cassel's personal and professional attentions in this psychological thriller from director Darren Aronofsky.

    Directors Guild of America President Taylor Hackford today unveiled the august body's list of nominees for its top prize today, doing nothing really to change the outlook for this year's Oscars.

    "2011 marks the 75th anniversary of the DGA, making the celebration of this year's five nominees especially meaningful," said Hackford. "Their inspired films radiate the passion and unique vision of each of these filmmakers, who are about to become part of our Guild's rich history.  My sincerest congratulations to all five nominees."

    And the nominees are:

    • Darren Aronofsky, "Black Swan"

    • David Fincher, "The Social Network"

    • Tom Hooper, "The King’s Speech"

    • Christopher Nolan, "Inception"
    • 
David O. Russell, "The Fighter"

    "The Fighter"

    [NATL] "The Fighter"
    Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale and Amy Adams star in the new film from director David O.Russell (""Three Kings") about the rise of boxer "Irish" Mickey Ward.

    We have to say the Coen Brothers ("True Grit") and Lee Unkrich ("Toy Story 3") are noticeable in their absence, but we can't say it's a shock, exactly. "TS3" is a cartoon, for some reason, "True Grit" is just getting dissed by everyone.

    The DGA has been handing out awards since 1948, and only six times during that span has the Academy chosen a different director, most recently in 2002, when Rob Marshall was honored by the DGA for "Chicago," while Roman Polanski won the Oscar for "The Pianist."

    And the film that's won Best Director has won Best Picture at the Academy Awards 48 of the last 56 times, so it seems perfect;y reasonable to think that this year's Best Picture is on the list above. Oh, wait... that's right, we already awarded the Best Picture Oscar to "The Social Network."

    The winner will be formally announced on Jan. 29