The Directors Guild nominations are out, and they’ve nailed it. The choices they made reflect what are certainly going to be the top five vote getters for the Oscars in Best Picture and Best Director.

The DGA chose Kathryn Bigelow, Lee Daniels, James Cameron, Jason Reitman, and Quentin Tarantino. Their respective films ‘ “The Hurt Locker,” “Precious,” “Avatar,” “Up in the Air,” and “Inglourious Basterds” ‘ were the ones I predicted would go the distance. If the Academy had only five Best Picture nominees this year, these would be the choices.

Who would be the runners up? As I said the other day, the Back five would be “Nine,” “An Education,” “Up,” “Invictus,” and “A Single Man.” Certainly, the combination of nominations from the Broadcast Critics and the Golden Globes would reflect that.

But good for the DGA for giving some authority to the season, and organizing what’s been a scattershot year of films into something cohesive.

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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