Bill Condon (Dreamgirls), Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (Little Miss Sunshine), Stephen Frears (The Queen), Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Babel) and Martin Scorsese (The Departed) will vie for the Directors Guild of America's DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2006.

The DGA Award is a highly reliable barometer of who will constitute the five best director Oscar nominees. The DGA winner will be announced at the 59th Annual DGA Awards Dinner in Los Angeles on Feb 3.

'Each of these five nominees has demonstrated a remarkable ability to blend craft and vision in the pursuit of masterful storytelling,' DGA president Michael Apted said.

'What makes it truly meaningful to directors is that this award is decided solely by their peers - the men and women who know first hand the passion, sweat and fear that goes into creating feature films. My congratulations to each of the nominees.'