Branagh and Paul Thomas Anderson are first-time nominees in the feature film category, while Maggie Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Hall and Lin-Manuel Miranda land in the First-Time Feature Film Director category.

AceShowbiz - The Directors Guild of America has unveiled the movie nominations of its 74th Annual DGA Awards, one day after revealing the contenders in TV field. Announced on Thursday, January 27, the list includes first-time nominee Kenneth Branagh as well as repeat winner Steven Spielberg.

Both Branagh and Spielberg are up for the coveted Outstanding Achievement in Theatrical Feature Film award. The former landed the nod for his work on semi-autobiographical comedy-drama "Belfast", while the latter scored a nomination for directing "West Side Story", a second movie adaptation of the 1957 stage musical of the same name.

They are pitted against Paul Thomas Anderson ("Licorice Pizza"), Jane Campion ("The Power of the Dog") and Denis Villeneuve ("Dune") in the category. While Campion and Villeneuve had been nominated for DGA Award once before for their films "The Piano" (1993) and "Arrival" (1996) respectively, this is the first for Anderson.

Campion is the second woman ever to receive a second nod from the Directors Guild. She, however, ultimately lost the award lost to Spielberg for "Schindler's List" at the 46th annual DGA Awards.

This year's DGA Awards will also present an accolade to a first-time feature film director. Making into the list are Maggie Gyllenhaal for "The Lost Daughter", Rebecca Hall for "Passing", Lin-Manuel Miranda for "Tick, Tick… Boom!", Tatiana Huezo for "Prayers for the Stolen", Michael Sarnoski for "Pig" as well as Emma Seligman for "Shiva Baby".

The guild is often a strong predictor of Oscar success historically, missing the eventual Best Director winner only eight times in 73 years. Last year, the guild awarded Chloe Zhao its top film prize for "Nomadland", which ended up winning Best Picture and Best Director at the 93rd Academy Awards.

The winners of the 2022 DGA Awards will be announced in a ceremony scheduled to take place on March 12. The show will also feature Spike Lee receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Achievement in Motion Picture Direction, the guild's highest honor.

Movie Nominations of the 74th Annual DGA Awards:

Outstanding Achievement in Theatrical Feature Film

Outstanding Achievement of a First-Time Feature Film Director

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