Allen & Scorsese To Battle For Directors Guild Award

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January 9, 2012 | 2:15pm EST

Woody Allen and Martin Scorsese are set for a battle royal at the Directors Guild Awards after landing leading nominations on Monday.
The moviemakers’ films Midnight in Paris and Hugo will compete alongside David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Michel Hazanavicius’ The Artist and Alexander Payne’s The Descendants for the prestigious DGA honor on 29 January.

According to awards-watch website, the winner of the DGA has gone on to win the Best Director Oscar at the Academy Awards all but six times since the guild began handing out awards in 1949.

And in the prizegiving’s 63-year history, the guild’s choice for Best Director has been the person behind the Oscars’ Best Picture 50 times.

Last year’s winner, Tom Hooper, went on to lift the Best Director and Best Picture honor at the Academy Awards for The King’s Speech.

Fincher, Hazanavicius and Payne have never won the Director’s Guild prize, while both Scorsese and Allen have one victory each – Scorsese for The Departed and Allen for Annie Hall.