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Amy Schumer and Chris Rock land TV nominations for Directors Guild of America Awards

Comedians Amy Schumer and Chris Rock have been recognized for their talents behind the camera after earning nominations for the 2016 Directors Guild of America Awards.

The Trainwreck star and co-director Ryan McFaul are up for the Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Variety/Talk/News/Sports - Regularly Scheduled Programming prize for their acclaimed 12 Angry Men sketch on her series Inside Amy Schumer, while Rock earned a nomination for directing the comedienne's stand-up special, Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo.


He is up against the likes of Sofia Coppola (A Very Murray Christmas) and Don Roy King, who directed Rock in the Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special last year (15), in the Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Variety/Talk/News/Sports - Specials category.


Meanwhile, in the category of Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series, Steven Soderbergh (The Knick) and Matthew Weiner (Mad Men) will fight off competition from the directors of Downton Abbey, Homeland and Game of Thrones, while Louis C.K. (Louie) and Jill Soloway (Transparent) will vie for the Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series trophy against directors from Veep, Silicon Valley and Modern Family.


Other notable nominees include Angela Bassett (Whitney) and Paul Haggis (Show Me a Hero) in the Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Miniseries category and Asif Kapadia (Amy) and Alex Gibney (Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief) for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary.


The 68th annual DGA Awards will be held in Los Angeles on 6 February (16), with actress Jane Lynch serving as host.