Greta Gerwig, Jordan Peele among Directors Guild nominees

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The skill with which Lady Bird and Get Out were crafted is stunning, and the lines Gerwig and Peele had to toe in order to get those films to work justright were super thin.

Gerwig, 34, was joined by Mexican Guillermo del Toro for The Shape of Water, black first-time director Jordan Peele for racial horror satire Get Out, and Britain's Martin McDonagh for dark comedy Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

039;Lady Bird'

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039;Lady Bird' Courtesy of A24

First-time feature film nominees include Peele, Aaron Sorkin for "Molly's Game", Taylor Sheridan for "Wind River", William Oldroyd for "Lady Macbeth" and Geremy Jasper for "Patti Cake$". Christopher Nolan got his fourth for "Dunkirk".

Since 1948, all but seven of the eventual winners of the accolade have gone on to repeat their success at the Oscars, with Damien Chazelle claiming the Best Director Academy Award past year (17) after taking home the DGA gong. Meanwhile, Peele has received a second nomination in a major category for the 2018 DGA Awards as he's also up for Outstanding Achievement of a First-Time Feature Film Director.

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