HOLLYWOOD -- Sofia Coppola became only the fourth woman to be nominated for the Directors Guild of America Award for work in feature film when the DGA announced Tuesday she was one of its five nominees for best director of 2003.
Coppola, 32, received the DGA Award nomination for her offbeat comedy "Lost in Translation," which she also wrote. Previously the DGA nominated Lina Wertmuller for "Seven Beauties" (1976), Barbra Streisand for "Prince of Tides" (1991) and Jane Campion for "The Piano" (1993). Coppola, whom the New York Critics Circle voted best director last month, is the daughter of Francis Ford Coppola, winner of the DGA Award for 1972's "The Godfather" and 1974's "The Godfather Part II."
The Directors Guild's other feature director nominees are:
* Peter Jackson, 42, for "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King," the conclusion of his trilogy of films based on J.R.R. Tolkien's work. This marks the third DGA nomination in a row for the New Zealand filmmaker -- following his nods for the first two installments in the "Lord of the Rings" series: "The Fellowship of the Ring" and "The Two Towers." Jackson is also nominated for a Golden Globe for "Return of the King."
* Clint Eastwood, a former DGA winner for 1992's "Unforgiven," for "Mystic River," a drama of friendship, revenge and redemption. The 73-year-old Eastwood was named best director Saturday by the National Society of Film Critics and is nominated for a Golden Globe.
* Australian filmmaker Peter Weir, 59, for the seafaring epic, "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World." The DGA previously nominated Weir for 1985's "Witness," 1989's "Dead Poets Society" and 1998's "The Truman Show." Weir is also a Golden Globe nominee for "Master and Commander."
* Gary Ross, 47, for "Seabiscuit," a historical drama about the famed racehorse of the 1930s.
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