The Directors Guild of America today announced that they've narrowed it down to five bespectacled dudes who may receive the guild's coveted Employee of the Year award. Those nominees: Gravity director Alfonso Cuarón, Captain Phillips' Paul Greengrass, 12 Years a Slave's Steve McQueen, American Hustle's David O. Russell, and Martin Scorsese for Wolf of Wall Street. Stand Up Guys director Fisher Stevens gets snubbed again.
Just as the Producers Guild's winner often goes on to take Best Picture at the Oscars, the winner of the DGA's top honor historically has won the Academy Award for Best Director. However, there are some notable exceptions to that rule--the most recent of which happened just last year when Ben Affleck took the DGA honor but then didn't even get nominated for an Oscar and became Batman.