Greta Gerwig, Jordan Peele among Directors Guild nominees

This image released by Fox Searchlight Pictures shows writer-director Martin McDonagh, left, with actor Frances McDormand on the set of "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri." McDonagh is nominated for outstanding directorial achievement by the Directors Guild of America for his direction on the film. (Merrick Morton/Fox Searchlight via AP)
This image released by A24 Films shows director Greta Gerwig on the set of "Lady Bird." Gerwig is nominated for outstanding directorial achievement by the Directors Guild of America for her direction on the film. (Merie Wallace/A24 via AP)
This image released by Fox Searchlight Pictures shows director Guillermo del Toro on the set of "The Shape of Water." Del Toro is nominated for outstanding directorial achievement by the Directors Guild of America for his direction on the Cold War fantasy tale. (Kerry Hayes/Fox Searchlight Pictures via AP)
This image released by STXfilms shows Jessica Chastain, left, with director Aaron Sorkin on the set of "Molly's Game." Sorkin is nominated for the Directors Guild of America Award for outstanding directorial achievement of a first-time feature film director. (Michael Gibson/STXfilms via AP)
This image released by Universal Pictures shows director Jordan Peele on the set of "Get Out." Peele is nominated for outstanding directorial achievement by the Directors Guild of America for his direction on the film. He is also nominated for outstanding directorial achievement for a first-time feature film director. (Justin Lubin/Universal Pictures via AP)
This image released by Roadside Attractions shows director Will Oldroyd on the set of "Lady Macbeth."Oldroyd is nominated for the Directors Guild of America Award for outstanding directorial achievement of a first-time feature film director. (Daniel Foeldes/Roadside Attractions via AP)
This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows director Christopher Nolan, left, on the set of "Dunkirk." Nolan is nominated for outstanding directorial achievement by the Directors Guild of America for his direction on the film. (Melinda Sue Gordon/Warner Bros. Pictures via AP)
FILE - In this Jan. 21, 2017 file photo, director Taylor Sheridan poses for a portrait to promote the film, "Wind River," during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Sheridan is nominated for the Directors Guild of America Award for outstanding directorial achievement of a first-time feature film director. (Photo by Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP, File)
This image released by Fox Searchlight Pictures shows Danielle Macdonald, left, with writer-director Geremy Jasper on the set of "Patti Cake$." Geremy is nominated for the Directors Guild of America Award for outstanding directorial achievement of a first-time feature film director. (Jeong Park/Fox Searchlight Pictures via AP)

LOS ANGELES — Greta Gerwig and Jordan Peele are among the five directors who have been recognized for outstanding directorial achievement by the Directors Guild of America. The Guild announced its feature film nominees Thursday, including Gerwig for the coming-of age film "Lady Bird" and Peele for his horror sensation "Get Out," which also earned him a first-time director nod.

Guillermo del Toro, who won the Golden Globe for directing Sunday, also scored his first DGA nomination for the romantic fantasy "The Shape of Water," as did Martin McDonagh for his revenge tale "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri." Christopher Nolan got his fourth for "Dunkirk." Nolan was previously nominated for "Inception," ''The Dark Knight" and "Memento."

First-time feature film nominees include Peele, Aaron Sorkin for "Molly's Game," Taylor Sheridan for "Wind River," William Oldroyd for "Lady Macbeth" and Geremy Jasper for "Patti Cake$."

Winners will be revealed at an untelevised Feb. 3 ceremony and dinner in Beverly Hills hosted by Judd Apatow.

With nearly 17,000 members, including television and commercial directors, the guild often selects a more populist lineup when compared with the selections of the nearly 400 members of the directors' branch of the film academy.

Although Oscar and DGA nominations rarely match up exactly, guild choices can be a formidable predictor of the Oscar winner. Last year, Damien Chazelle became the youngest DGA feature film winner and went on to win the Academy Award for "La La Land."

Oscar nomination voting closes Friday. Nominees will be announced Jan. 23.

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