Handicapper's Note: Every year the Director's Guild of America presents its own outstanding director award. The name of the winner is often the same as the winner of the Academy Award for Best Director. This year's nominees are: Taylor Hackford, "An Officer and a Gentleman;" Wolfgang Petersen, "Das Boot;" Steven Spielberg, "E.T.;" Richard Attenborough, "Gandhi," and Sydney Pollack, "Tootsie." The envelope with the winning name will be opened March 12 at the DGA's annual dinner . . .

The Long Road to the Narrow North Note: Elizabeth McGovern's career started on a high note when she appeared in "Ordinary People" and got higher when she filmed "Ragtime." Now she has taken an interesting and potentially chilling step in developing her craft. She is playing the title role in Shaw's "Major Barbara" at the Alaska Rep in Anchorage . . .

Best-Seller Note: For about a year it seemed as if you couldn't ride the bus or have lunch in the company cafeteria without seeing someone reading that epic of India "The Far Pavilions." Well, as they say in show biz, if a best-seller comes, can a mini-series be far behind? This one, currently shooting on location in Jaipur, India, stars Ben Cross, Amy Irving, Christopher Lee and Sir John Gielgud . . .