It's looking like nothing's going to stop Avatar's James Cameron from claiming the new title of King of the Universe: Today, the Directors Guild of America included him in its nominees for outstanding directorial achievement in a feature film for 2009.
This comes just after the Producers Guild of America selected Avatar and Cameron for its nominations for best picture of the year (technically, the Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year award).
Other DGA nominees for best director are Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker, Lee Daniels for Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire, Jason Reitman for Up in the Air and Quentin Tarantino for the alternate-universe World War II tale Inglourious Basterds.
As for Cameron, this is his second nomination. He won in 1997 for Titanic. Also cited in the nomination is Cameron's directorial team, which included unit production manager Colin Wilson, first assistant director Josh McLaglen and second assistant director/additional unit first assistant director Maria Battle Campbell.
The winner will be named at the 62nd Annual DGA Awards Dinner on Jan. 30.
The PGA and DGA awards are usually good signifiers of what films and people might be nominated for—and who might win—Oscars.
Do you agree with the pros that Avatar deserves these nominations?