HOLLYWOOD—Seems like each week new nominees are being announced for the ever growing awards season. On Tuesday, January 13, the Directors Guild of America announced its nominees. The DGA has been a formidable proponent as an indicator who could nab that coveted Oscar nomination.

Nominees included Richard Linklater for “Boyhood,” Clint Eastwood for “American Sniper,” Wes Anderson for “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu for “Birdman” and Morten Tyldum for “The Imitation Game.” 

This year on the movie front there were a few notable snubs in this year’s race. So who was missing Ava DuVernay for her critical hit “Selma” and David Fincher for his blockbuster “Gone Girl” or Damien Chazelle for the drama fueled “Whiplash.”

With their only being five slots geared for Oscar love, I’d easily argue Linklater and Inarritu are locks, the other three spots are serious toss-ups where anything can happen.

If there is anything I know about the Academy is that they love to deliver a curveball or surprise or two, so expect a name or two that will probably have people talking until the envelope is unveiled.