Ben Affleck joins directing vets on DGA nominee list

The Academy Award nominations are announced on Thursday, and it’s a good bet that when the best director nominees are read, the five names on the Directors Guild of America ‘s list – a list issued today, Tuesday – will match. In the past five years, 21 of the 25 DGA nominees have gone on to receive Oscar nods, thanks to the significant overlap between DGA and Academy membership.

Here’s the DGA best director nominee lineup:

Ben Affleck, Argo

Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty

Tom Hooper, Les Miserables

Ang Lee, Life of Pi

Steven Spielberg, Lincoln