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This year's nominees in the Best Director category.

Paul Thomas Anderson, There Will Be Blood

  • Previous Oscars: He has been nominated twice for his screenwriting, but this marks his first nod for directing.
  • Anderson Fact: He has a two-year-old daughter with his partner, "Saturday Night Live's" Maya Rudolph.
  • Resources: Watch the Trailer  |  Review

Joel and Ethan Coen, No Country for Old Men

  • Previous Oscars: The brothers have received several nominations and one win for their writing, but this is their first nod as co-directors; Joel was nominated as Best Director for "Fargo."
  • Coens Fact: Prior to making "Blood Simple" with his brother in 1984, Ethan Coen worked as a statistical typist at Macy's.
  • Resources: Watch the Trailer  |  Review

Tony Gilroy, Michael Clayton

  • Previous Oscars: This is his first nomination.
  • Gilroy Fact: Though he has written numerous films, "Michael Clayton" is Gilroy's directorial debut.
  • Resources: Watch the Trailer  |  Review  |  Q&A With Tony Gilroy

Jason Reitman, Juno

  • Previous Oscars: This is his first nomination.
  • Reitman Fact: The 30-year-old is the son of producer-director Ivan Reitman.
  • Resources: Watch the Trailer  |  Review

Julian Schnabel, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

  • Previous Oscars: This is his first nomination.
  • Schnabel Fact: Prior to his career in film, Schnabel gained fame for his work as a neo-expressionist artist.
  • Resources: Watch the Trailer  |  Review  |  Profile