Condon will compete against co-directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Farris (Little Miss Sunshine), Stephen Frears (The Queen), Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Babel), and Martin Scorcese (The Departed). The DGA nominations are considered a very reliable predictor of the Academy Award nominations, which will be announced on January 23, and 51 of the past 57 DGA winners have also won the Oscar.
In addition to directing Dreamgirls, Condon wrote the film's screenplay. He previously directed Kinsey and Gods and Monsters, and he won the Best Screenplay Academy Award for the latter film. He also received an Oscar nomination for the screenplay of the musical Chicago.