- Alfonso Cuarón, Gravity
- Paul Greengrass, Captain Phillips
- Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
- David O. Russell, American Hustle
- Martin Scorsese, The Wolf of Wall Street
And there you go. Cuarón, Greengrass and McQueen are all celebrating their first DGA nominations. Russell was previously nominated for The Fighter and Scorsese celebrates his his eleventh DGA honor-- he previously won for The Departed and HBO's Boardwalk Empire as well as being the recipient of the DGA Lifetime Achievement Award.
Missing in action are Alexander Payne, Joel & Ethan Coen and Spike Jonze. However, based on last year's wackiness which saw only two DGA nominees translate into Oscar nominations in the Best Director category, who of the group may be Affleck-ed or Bigelow-ed out this year?