Greta gerwig on lady bird set merie wallace, courtesy of a24

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Greta Gerwig

Four first-time nominees are in contention for the Directors Guild Of America’s (DGA) top feature prize as Greta Gerwig, Jordan Peele, Martin McDonagh and Guillermo Del Toro join Christopher Nolan on the roster for next month’s 70th annual DGA Awards.

Gerwig is nominated in the Outstanding Directorial Achievement In Feature Film For 2017 category for Lady Bird, Peele for Get Out, McDonagh for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and Del Toro for The Shape Of Water.

Nolan receives his fourth nod for Dunkirk and has never won the DGA honour. He was nominated for Inception in 2010, The Dark Knight in 2008, and Memento in 2001. The DGA unveiled its nominees on Thursday (January 11).

The contenders will learn their fate when the awards are handed out on at the 70th annual DGA Awards in Beverly Hills on February 3

Peele earned two nominations on Thursday and will also vie for honours in the Outstanding Directorial Achievement Of A First-Time Feature Film Director For 2017 category alongside Geremy Jasper for Sundance 2017 hit Patti Cake$, William Oldroyd for Lady Macbeth, Taylor Sheridan for Wind River, and Aaron Sorkin for Molly’s Game.

Gerwig was ineligible for the first-time category as she co-directed the 2008 romance Nights And Weekends with Joe Swanberg.

DGA president Thomas Schlamme said: “2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the DGA Awards, and filmmaking has reached new heights with each passing year. These nominees embody the excellence that comes to life when unique vision, craft and skill come together in pursuit of masterful storytelling.

“Being nominated by their peers is what makes this award especially meaningful for directors, and I congratulate all of the nominees for their outstanding work.”