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The Directors Guild of America will launch a yearlong celebration of its 75th anniversary at the DGA Awards ceremonies on Jan. 29.

Kathryn Bigelow, James Cameron, Francis Ford Coppola, Clint Eastwood, John Rich, Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg will make special presentations at the event to highlight “game-changing” moments in DGA history. The DGA said in its announcement Thursday that the seven have been selected as co-chairs for the event at Hollywood & Highland.

“Our members have always understood what a huge debt we owe to those who came before us,” said DGA president Taylor Hackford. “Illuminating our history informs so much of who we are today. The DGA was created in 1936 when a handful of the best-known directors of the time — including King Vidor, John Ford and Howard Hawks — banded together to protect the economic and basic rights of the director in motion pictures.”

He noted that current DGA membership is 14,500.

Michael Apted, who served three terms as DGA president, has been tapped chair of the anniversary celebration. Anniversary year will include events honoring what the guild terms game-changing directors. The DGA will launch a new website in early spring with anniversary content featured prominently.

The DGA will announce its feature film nominations on Monday, followed by its TV noms on Tuesday and its documentary bids on Wednesday.

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