Tony Gilroy, best director, best original screenplay, 'Michael Clayton'

On writers' role in best-pic noms: “If you see something that’s really good, whether it’s being feted or not, it’s a miracle everything worked. The first thing that had to work was a very good script. That’s the very first thing that happened. [As you see] in the directors guild nominations,... Myles Aronowitz / Warner Bros.