The information was announced Tuesday, January 8 by the Directors Guild of America, which represents filmmakers from across the Atlantic.
Joel and Ethan Coen are quoted for their adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's novel, No Country for Old Men. Sean Penn owes his appointment to Into the Wild while Julian Schnabel will defend Franco-American production The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. Paul Thomas Anderson concurs with There Will Be Blood - The Blood of the Earth. Tony Gilroy completes the list of contenders with his first staging, the judicial thriller Michael Clayton.
The DGA Awards ceremony will take place on January 26th. It is considered a reliable indicator for the Academy Award for Best Director.