'The Departed' Director Martin Scorsese Scores Seventh Directors Guild of America Nomination

"The Departed" director Martin Scorsese got his seventh nomination for a Directors Guild of America Award on Tuesday, while the directors of four other films received their first.

The other nominees for the DGA Award being presented Feb. 3 were Bill Condon for "Dreamgirls," Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris for "Little Miss Sunshine," Stephen Frears for "The Queen" and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu for "Babel."

The prize has served as a barometer for the Academy Awards — 52 out of 58 DGA Award winners have gone on to win the best-director Oscar.

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"Each of these five nominees has demonstrated a remarkable ability to blend craft and vision in the pursuit of masterful storytelling," DGA President Michael Apted said in announcing the five nominees for 2006 films.

Scorsese previously was nominated for "The Aviator" (2004), "Gangs of New York" (2002), "The Age of Innocence" (1993), "Goodfellas" (1990)," "Raging Bull" (1980) and "Taxi Driver" (1976). He received the DGA's honorary Filmmaker Award in 1999 and the guild's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003.

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