"Bullets Over Broadway"
The prolific director-writer-actor receives his sixth director nod, as well as a screenplay nomination (with Douglas McGrath) for his Prohibition-era comedy. Past Oscars: director, screenplay for 1977's "Annie Hall"; screenplay for 1986's "Hannah and Her Sisters."
The last entry in his acclaimed "Three Colors" trilogy earns the Polish writer-director his first two nominations, for director and original screenplay. The deceptively simple Swiss picture won almost every critics' award this year for best foreign film.
Winner of the best director Oscar for 1980's "Ordinary People," Redford scores his second director nomination for his dramatization of the TV quiz-show scandals. He earned a best actor nomination for 1973's "The Sting." Redford also received Globe and DGA nominations.
Tarantino has swept all the major critics' awards in this category for his direction of the ultra-violent black comedy about the L.A. underworld. The film, which also won Cannes' Palme d'Or, was all but shut out of the Globes, winning only for Tarantino's screenplay.
If life is a box of chocolates, Zemeckis must be eating Godiva. The director of such hits as the three "Back to the Future" adventures finally has earned his first director Oscar nomination for the 1994 blockbuster. The first "Back to the Future" won him a screenplay nomination.