Directors Guild of America president Taylor Hackford announced the five nominees Jan. 8. The winner will be named at the 65th Annual DGA Awards Dinner Feb. 2 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland.
"DGA members have chosen an incredibly rich and varied group of filmmakers to nominate for this year's Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film Award," said Hackford in a statement. "These directors represent the highest standard of filmmaking, and their films are a testament to artistic achievement, innovative storytelling and the passion that filmmakers share with their audiences. Being nominated by their peers is what makes this award particularly meaningful for directors, and I congratulate all of the nominees for their outstanding work."
Steven Spielberg is also nominated for the direction of "Lincoln," the Dreamworks film that features a screenplay from Pulitzer Prize winner Tony Kushner. Other nominees include Ben Affleck for "Argo," Kathryn Bigelow for "Zero Dark Thirty" and Ang Lee for "Life of Pi."
This is Hooper's second DGA Feature Film Award nomination. He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for "The King's Speech" (2010) and was previously nominated for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television/Mini-Series for "John Adams" in 2008.