The Directors Guild has announced its feature nominees, and if there’s a notable surprise, it’s that Jojo Rabbit director Taika Waititi made the cut over Todd Phillips (Joker) and Greta Gerwig (Little Women), among many other equally deserving filmmakers. Waititi, though, navigated a very fine line and pulled off a careful balancing act of genres that blend heart and humor with the Holocaust. It shouldn’t have worked, but it did, and now Waititi finds himself in esteemed company. Waititi will compete against Oscar-winning directors such as Martin Scorsese (The Irishman) and Sam Mendes (1917), as well …

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