The five finalists include three first-time nominees and the late John Frankenheimer in a rare posthumous nomination.
The first-timers are Julie Dash for "The Rosa Parks Story" (CBS), Howard Deutch for "Gleason" (CBS) and Richard Loncraine for "The Gathering Storm" -- an HBO movie that won a Golden Globe Award last month for outstanding TV movie or miniseries.
Frankenheimer received his fourth DGA nomination for outstanding TV movie for the HBO movie "Path to War" -- the last movie he made before he died in July 2002 of a stroke due to complications following spinal surgery.
Frankenheimer was previously nominated in the category for "Against the Wall" (1994), "Andersonville" (1996) and "George Wallace" (1997). He won directing Emmys for all three TV movies, as well as a fourth Emmy for directing "The Burning Season" (1995). He was also nominated for the DGA's feature film prize three times -- for "Grand Prix" (1966), "Birdman of Alcatraz" (1962) and "The Manchurian Candidate" (1962).
Mick Jackson received his third nomination in the category for the HBO movie "Live from Baghdad," about a group of CNN reporters covering the Gulf War. Jackson was previously nominated for "Indictment: The McMartin Trial" (1995) and "Tuesdays with Morrie" (1999).
The DGA previously announced the nominees for its feature film directing award -- Steven Daldry ("The Hours"), Peter Jackson ("The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers"), Rob Marshall ("Chicago"), Roman Polanski ("The Pianist") and Martin Scorsese ("Gangs of New York").
The guild also announced that it will present Scorsese with its highest honor -- a lifetime achievement award -- at its 55th annual awards dinner on March 1 in Los Angeles.
The guild will also present veteran director John Rich with an honorary life member award. Rich is best known for directing episodes of such classic TV shows as "Bonanza," "Gunsmoke," "The Rifleman," "The Twilight Zone" and "Murphy Brown." He won Emmys for directing "The Dick Van Dyke Show" (1963) and "All in the Family" (1972-73).