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Directors pick Scorsese, 'Rings,' 'Hours'
CNN.com - January 22, 2003
LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- Martin Scorsese, who won a Golden Globe Sunday for directing "Gangs of New York," was nominated by his peers Tuesday for the Directors Guild of America Award.
In the 55 years since the guild began presenting its award, the recipient has gone on to win the best-director Oscar all but five times, including last year when Ron Howard won for "A Beautiful Mind."
Scorsese, who tried since the 1970s to make the brutal immigrant saga "Gangs of New York," has never won a DGA prize, but was nominated four times previously for 1976's "Taxi Driver," 1980's "Raging Bull," 1990's "GoodFellas" and 1993's "The Age of Innocence."
The guild already had planned to honor the 60-year-old director with a lifetime achievement award, its highest tribute, during its 55th annual awards ceremony March 1.
Roman Polanski was nominated for "The Pianist," the story of a Polish musician fleeing the Nazi invasion. Polanski has had two previous DGA nominations, for 1968's "Rosemary's Baby" and 1974's "Chinatown,"
Tuesday's nomination was his first by the DGA since he pleaded guilty in 1976 to unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor, then fled the United States before his sentencing.
Other nominees were Stephen Daldry for "The Hours," about three women from different eras with ties to the work of author Virginia Woolf; Peter Jackson for the second installment of the J.R.R. Tolkien fantasy trilogy "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers;" and first-time feature director Rob Marshall for the jazz musical "Chicago."
"The Hours" won best drama at the Golden Globes, while "Chicago" was honored as best musical-comedy. Both are considered front-runners for Academy Awards consideration.
Oscar nominations will be announced February 11, with the awards going out March 23.