Directors Guild of America Awards Presented Jan. 31 in Los Angeles

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The 61st Annual DGA Awards Dinner, which honors directorial achievement in film and television, will be held Jan. 31 at the Hyatt Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, CA.
"Frost/Nixon" director Ron Howard.
"Frost/Nixon" director Ron Howard.

Hosted by Jon Cryer, presenters include Amy Adams, Michael Apted, Christian Bale, Josh Brolin, Gil Cates, Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, Claire Danes, Viola Davis, Lisa Edelstein, Jodie Foster, Rachel Griffiths, Richard Jenkins, Frank Langella, Melissa Leo, Michelle Monaghan, Dev Patel, Sean Penn, Freida Pinto, Michael Shannon, Michael Sheen, Steven Soderbergh, Marisa Tomei and Blair Underwood. (Carl Reiner had been scheduled to host, but bowed out due to food poisoning, according to Variety.) The five nominees for the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film are Danny Boyle (for "Slumdog Millionaire"), David Fincher (for "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"), Ron Howard ("Frost/Nixon"), Christopher Nolan ("The Dark Knight") and Gus Van Sant ("Milk").

Among the television nominees are Kenny Leon, who received an Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television/Miniseries nomination for the TV version of A Raisin in the Sun; and Glenn Weiss, who received a nomination in the Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Musical Variety category for "The 62nd Annual Tony Awards."

Leon's competitors are Bob Balaban ("Bernard and Doris"), Tom Hooper ("John Adams"), Jay Roach ("Recount") and Mikael Salomon ("The Andromeda Strain"). Weiss competes in a field that also includes Brent "Bucky" Gunts ("Opening Ceremony Beijing 2008 Olympic Summer Games"), Louis J. Horvitz ("The 80th Annual Academy Awards"), Don Roy King ("Saturday Night Live") and Chuck O'Neil ("The Daily Show with Jon Stewart").

For more information visit www.dga.org.

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