Yawn, that’s it?

Yes, there was little excitement today as the Director’s Guild of America announced their five nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2008.

Danny Boyle, “Slumdog Millionaire
Lowdown: Still has the inside track to win the Oscar in this same category (right now at least).

David Fincher, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Lowdown: The challenger who is coming on strong, but may have a better shot at winning here amongst his peers than on Oscar night.

Ron Howard, “Frost/Nixon”
Lowdown: Happy to be here.  Happy to give his fine flick more recognition than it can use at the box office (now back to editing “Angels and Demons”).

Christopher Nolan, “The Dark Knight
Lowdown: Could be a surprise winner either here or on Oscar night, but at this point the recognition is the win.

Gus Van Sant, “Milk
Lowdown: Another sign the movie will make the final five.  Focus is no doubt breathing easier with each passing day.

So, that’s about it.  Globes this Sunday, Oscar ballots due the next day with nominees on the 22nd.

Will we have surprises?  At this point, it doesn't appear that we will.

Until Oscar night itself of course.