Nominations for the Directors Guild of America's annual kudofest were announced Tuesday, and A Beautiful Mind filmmaker Ron Howard will face off against Peter Jackson for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Baz Luhrmann for Moulin Rouge, Christopher Nolan for Memento and Ridley Scott for Black Hawk Down. (FYI: Howard is the lone American in the bunch.) Glaring omissions: Golden Globe winner Robert Altman for Gosford Park and Todd Field for In the Bedroom. The winner of the DGA prize announced at a March 9 ceremony almost always goes on to snatch the Oscar.
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