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Credit: Merrick Morton

The Directors Guild Awards, perhaps the most predictive pre-Oscar prize of the season, has thrown quite a wrench into the Oscar race with its list of five nominees for Best Director of the year. Along with The Artist‘s Michel Hazanivicius, Hugo‘s Martin Scorsese, The Descendants‘ Alexander Payne, and Midnight in Paris‘ Woody Allen, the DGA named The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo‘s David Fincher over touted contenders like War Horse‘s Steven Spielberg and The Tree of Life‘s Terrence Malick. Dragon Tattoo has now been nominated by the Directors, Writers, and Producers Guilds. Could it snag a Best Picture nod on Jan. 24 as well? It’s certainly looking likelier than The Tree of Life, which has now officially been shut out by all four guilds.

Check back tomorrow for my updated predictions in the six main races.

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