Bryan Cranston led the way in the Directors Guild of America's TV nominations with a pair of nods for helming episodes of "Breaking Bad" and "Modern Family."

The winners will be announced Jan. 25 at the Century Plaza following voting by the DGA's 15,000 members.

The two nominations for Cranston were his second and third following his DGA nod last year for a "Modern Family" segment last year.

"Breaking Bad" scored a second nomination with series creator Vince Gilligan receiving a nod. They will face competition from David Fincher, receiving his sixth DGA nomination for directing "Chapter 1" of "House of Cards," Lesli Linka Glatter for "Homeland" and David Nutter for "Game of Thrones."

"Modern Family" received a pair of comedy series noms for Cranston and Gail Macuso. "The Big Bang Theory" also took two nominations for Mark Cendrowki and Anthony Rich. Beth McCarthy-Miller took the other nomination for a segment from the final season of "30 Rock," representing her 10th DGA nod.

McCarthy-Miller also shared a nomination with Rob Ashford for "The Sound of Music Live!" in the TV movies and miniseries category, which also nods for Stephen Frears for "Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight," David Mamet for "Phil Spector," Nelson McCormick for "Killing Kennedy" and Steven Soderbergh for "Behind the Candelabra."

Don Mischer picked up his 18th nomination for the 85th Academy Awards in the Variety/news/talk/sports - specials category. He's won 10 times, including for the 84th Academy Awards.

Lena Dunham won the DGA award for comedy series last year for the "Girls" pilot for HBO and Rian Johnson won the drama series award for directing an episode of "Breaking Bad." Jay Roach won the TV movie-miniseries trophy for "Game Change."


The nominees for the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Mini-Series for 2013 are (in alphabetical order):

Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight (HBO)

Mr. Frears's Directorial Team:
• Unit Production Managers: Scott Ferguson, Erica Kay
• First Assistant Director: Michael Steele
• Second Assistant Director: Nancy Herrmann
• Second Second Assistant Director: Ellen Parnett

This is Mr. Frears's third DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in this category for Fail Safe in 2000 and for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for The Queen in 2006.