'Client 9,' 'Inside Job,' 'Superman' among contenders

The Directors Guild of America has nominated the helmers of five films for its documentary award: Lixin Fan for “Last Train Home,” Charles Ferguson for “Inside Job,” Alex Gibney for “Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer,” Davis Guggenheim for “Waiting for ‘Superman'” and the team of Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger for “Restrepo.”

Three of the titles — “Inside Job,” “Restrepo” and “Waiting for ‘Superman'” — are also on the shortlist of 15 finalists for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’ documentary Oscar.

Winner will be announced at the DGA Awards on Jan. 29 at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland. Louis Psihoyos won the docu trophy last year for “The Cove.”

“The best documentary filmmaking provides the audience with the rare opportunity of experiencing a life, a place or a situation that might otherwise be too remote or too unknown to ever discover on our own,” said DGA president Taylor Hackford. “The excellent work of our five nominees illuminates, educates and inspires us in extraordinary ways. My congratulations to each of our nominees.”

It’s the second DGA nomination for Gibney, who was tapped in the same category for “Taxi to the Dark Side” in 2007. The other nominees are first-timers.

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