The Directors Guild of America has nominated Wes Anderson for “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” Clint Eastwood for “America Sniper,” Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu for “Birdman,” Richard Linklater for “Boyhood” and Morten Tyldum for “The Imitation Game” for its feature film directing award.
The winner, based on voting by the 15,000 DGA members, will be announced Feb. 7 at the 67th DGA Awards ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.
Key contenders excluded included Ava DuVernay for “Selma,” David Fincher for “Gone Girl” and Christopher Nolan for “Interstellar.” The nominations for Eastwood, his fourth, and Tyldem were the biggest surprises.
It was the first nomination for Anderson, Linklater and Tyldum.
“Couldn’t be more excited to be recognized by my peers,” Tyldum said. “I am thrilled that my fellow directors gave me this honor, and to be in this group of talented artists is overwhelming. I am truly over the moon.”
Eastwood won the DGA trophy in 1992 for “Unforgiven” and in 2004 for “Million Dollar Baby,” and he was nominated in 2003 for “Mystic River.” Inarritu was nominated in 2006 for “Babel.”
Alfonso Cuaron won the DGA award and the directing Oscar last year for his high-tech space thriller “Gravity.” Ben Affleck won the won the DGA award in 2013 for “Argo”even though he did not receive an Oscar nom — becoming only the seventh DGA winner not to also receive a directing Oscar in the history of the DGA Awards.
Directors make up about 6% of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, which announces its nominations Thursday.
“In a year full of excellent films, DGA members have nominated a stellar group of passionate filmmakers,” said DGA president Barclay. “Inspiring and artistic, these five directors made films that left an indelible impact not only on their fellow directors and members of the director’s team, but on audiences around the world. Congratulations to all of the nominees for their terrific work.”
The DGA will announce its television and documentary nominations on Wednesday.
The full list of nominees and their teams:
The Grand Budapest Hotel
(Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Mr. Anderson’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Miki Emmrich
First Assistant Director: Josh Robertson
Second Assistant Director: Ben Howard
This is Mr. Anderson’s first DGA Award nomination.
(Warner Bros. Pictures)
Mr. Eastwood’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Tim Moore
First Assistant Director: David M. Bernstein
Second Assistant Director: Paula Case
Second Second Assistant Director: Clark Credle
First Assistant Director (Morocco Unit): Ahmed Hatimi
Second Assistant Director (Morocco Unit): Yann Mari Faget
Second Second Assistant Directors (Morocco Unit): Andrew Madden, Khalil Zghayou
This is Mr. Eastwood’s fourth DGA Award nomination, all in this category. He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for Million Dollar Baby in 2004 and for Unforgiven in 1992. He was also nominated in this same category for Mystic River in 2003. Mr. Eastwood was honored with the DGA Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film in 2006.
ALEJANDRO G. IÑÁRRITU
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
(Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Mr. Iñárritu’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Managers: James W. Skotchdopole, Robert Graf
First Assistant Director: Peter Kohn
Second Assistant Director: Amy Lauritsen
Second Second Assistant Director: Catherine Feeny
Location Manager: Joaquin Prange
This is Mr. Iñárritu’s third DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in this category for Babel in 2006. He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Commercials for “Best Job” (Proctor and Gamble) in 2012.
Mr. Linklater’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Cathleen Sutherland
First Assistant Director: Vince Palmo Jr.
Second Assistant Directors: Susana Jasso, Kathleen Tull
Second Second Assistant Directors: Mary Beth Chambers, Brian Franklin
This is Mr. Linklater’s first DGA Award nomination.
The Imitation Game
(The Weinstein Company)
Mr. Tyldum’s Directorial Team:
Production Manager: Suzie Shearer
First Assistant Director: Phil Booth
Second Assistant Director: James Manning
This is Mr. Tyldum’s first DGA Award nomination.