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Director's Guild nods go to Martin Scorsese, Steve McQueen

By Breeanna Hare, CNN
updated 1:19 PM EST, Wed January 8, 2014
Martin Scorsese attends a Royal film performance of
Martin Scorsese attends a Royal film performance of "Hugo" in London on November 28, 2011.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The Director's Guild of America has announced its feature film nominees
  • The list of five names reflects some of the strongest films of 2013
  • David O. Russell, Steve McQueen and Martin Scorsese are up for the honor
  • The winner will be announced on January 25 at a ceremony in Los Angeles

(CNN) -- The Director's Guild of America has announced its feature film nominees for 2014, and you can probably guess who made the cut.

The DGA's list of five names is perfectly in sync with the handful of films that have been championed as top awards season contenders, from "American Hustle" to "12 Years A Slave."

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So yes, Steve McQueen (who helmed "12 Years") and David O. Russell ("Hustle") are up for the honor of outstanding directorial achievement in 2013, along with Martin Scorsese ("The Wolf of Wall Street") and Alfonso CuarĂ³n ("Gravity").

Although Spike Jonze's "Her" has enjoyed exuberant praise from critics, he didn't make it into this group of nominees. The final director rounding out the DGA's list is Paul Greengrass, who led Tom Hanks' lauded adaptation, "Captain Phillips."

"To be chosen by your peers in a year full of incredibly well-crafted films is the true marker of outstanding directorial achievement," said DGA President Paris Barclay, as he announced the nominees. "The passion and vision of each of the nominees resulted in tremendously diverse films that kept audiences mesmerized. Congratulations to each of the nominees on a job very well done."

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The winner of the DGA award for achievement in feature film will be announced at the organization's 66th annual awards ceremony on January 25. "Glee" star Jane Lynch will host the event, which will be held in Los Angeles.

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