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DGA Announces Film Directorial Nominations

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LOS ANGELES, California -- Directors Guild of America President Michael Apted announced the five nominees for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2006 on Tuesday, January 9. The winner will be named at the 59th Annual DGA Awards Dinner on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at the Hyatt Century Plaza Hotel Los Angeles.

"Each of these five nominees has demonstrated a remarkable ability to blend craft and vision in the pursuit of masterful storytelling," Apted said. "What makes it truly meaningful to directors is that this award is decided solely by their peers

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2007 Honorary Life Member Award

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Carl Reiner

Carl Reiner has won twelve Emmy Awards, created and co-starred in "The Dick Van Dyke Show" and directed 15 feature films including "The Jerk," "All of Me," "Oh God!," "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid" and "Where's Poppa." To Guild members, Reiner is also the frequent and beloved host of the DGA Awards, which he will again handle this year in his 20th year as master of ceremonies.

Born in the Bronx, the son of a watchmaker, Reiner started his working life before he was seventeen as a machinist's helper in the millinery trade. At the same time, he enrolled in drama school and toured in a Shakespearean repertory company before being drafted into the Army.

In World War II, he served various duties, including as a comedian and actor with Maurice Evans' Special Services Entertainment Unit and was honorably discharged in 1946. Reiner then appeared in the leading role in the national and New York companies of "Call Me Mister" and spent the next three years in various Broadway musicals. He then joined Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca on "Your Show of Shows."

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Carl Reiner as Alan Brady in 'The Dick Van Dyke Show'

In 1958, he published his first novel, "Enter Laughing," a semi-autobiographical work chronicling his early frustrations as a machinist's helper who broke into show business. The book was adapted for a Broadway play by Joe Stein and for a feature film that Reiner co-produced and, for the first time, directed.

Created by Reiner, "The Dick Van Dyke Show" went on the air in 1961 and became one of the most famous and best loved sitcoms in television history and gave Reiner a chance to co-star as the toupee-wearing producer Alan Brady. That same year, he wrote his first feature film, "The Thrill of it All," for Doris Day and James Garner.

His other feature credits as a director include "The Comic," co-written by Reiner and Aaron Ruben; "Where's Poppa?," starring George Segal and Ruth Gordon; "Oh God!," starring George Burns and the Steve Martin films, "The Jerk," "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid," "The Man With Two Brains" and "All of Me."

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Andy Garcia and Carl Reiner in 'Ocean's Eleven'

Further directing feature credits include "Summer Rental" with John Candy; "The One And Only" with Henry Winkler; "Summer School" with Mark Harmon; "Bert Rigby, You

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