Deadline Awards Watch 61: The Toronto Premiere Problem Podcast

Deadline Awards Columnist Pete Hammond and host David Bloom talk about the Toronto Film Festival’s attempt to throw its considerable weight around on would-be premieres; remember the late former Academy president Tom Sherak, one of Hollywood’s biggest and most influential personalities; and ponder the potential Oscar impact of Alfonso Cuaron’s win at the DGA Awards for Gravity. David and Pete also survey the Oscar Best Song field after the Academy disqualified the surprise entry, Alone Yet Not Alone, for improper campaigning tactics.

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DGA Awards Film: ‘Gravity’ Soars With DGA Win For Alfonso Cuaron But What Does It Mean For Its Best Picture Chances?

By | Sunday January 26, 2014 @ 1:58am PST
Pete Hammond

When they were walking into the 66th Annual Directors Guild Awards tonight people were talking about a possible split year forDGAAwards the Oscars with one film winning Director and another Best Picture. And after the DGA crowned Gravity‘s Alfonso Cuaron as the year’s top director people were walking out saying the same thing. Cuaron was widely expected to win this thing. Gravity is a stand-alone directorial achievement second to none. Any other result would have been regarded as a major upset. A DGA win almost always means a corresponding Directing Oscar  and a Directing Oscar almost always means a Best Picture win. Normally we would be wrapping up the race and putting a ribbon on it for Gravity, especially with the DGA coming right after its Producers Guild win a week ago (albeit a tie, but it was still significant). But this is a strange year and such a tight race between the three front-runners, Gravity, 12 Years A Slave and American Hustle that a few votes either way could potentially swing this thing.Gravity DGA It’s not even inconceivable that a dark horse could come in in this kind of year. The Guilds so far have not clarified a whole lot. Hustle won the big Cast prize at SAG, Gravity and Slave split the PGA and now Gravity has won at DGA. Next week comes the Writers Guild Awards before a two week lull before the BAFTAs and mailing of Oscar ballots on Presidents Day weekend. But Slave (due to guild-ruled ineligibility) and Gravity aren’t nominated there leaving a good opportunity for Hustle to take back some of the glory – that is unless Her pulls off a win for Original Screenplay and deals a major setback for David O. Russell’s major contender.

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66th Annual DGA Awards: Alfonso Cuarón Wins Best Feature Film Director For ‘Gravity’, TV Winners Include Vince Gilligan ‘Breaking Bad’, Steven Soderbergh ‘Behind The Candelabra’, Beth McCarthy-Miller ’30 Rock’, Glenn Weiss ‘Tony Awards’ Don Roy King ‘Saturday Night Live’

DGA Award WinnersUPDATED WITH ALL WINNERS AND SPEECHES: The 66th annual DGA Awards was held tonight at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles, hosted by Jane Lynch. The DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film went to Alfonso Cuaron for Gravity. This was his first DGA nomination. Cuaron reflected on his research for the film, which in many ways, focuses on Gravity‘s philosophical commentary on humanity. “We saw all these 66th Annual Directors Guild Of America Awards - Press Roomphotographs of earth from space, and it’s absolutely beautiful; hues of greens and blues,” explained Cuaron, “Everything seems so organic (from space). Those silly lines and boundaries we put on political maps, you can’t see that from space. It’s a bizarre experiment of nature, that is the human experience. And it’s what we as directors try to sort out as filmmakers.” It’s worth recalling that while cuaron hasn’t made a bad movie, getting Gravity made was very difficult. Universal kicked it to the curb after Angelina Jolie dropped out. Warner bros took it in, but it was in peril after Robert Downey Jr. decided not to play the role George Clooney wound up playing. the studio looked at several actresses including Natalie Portman, before deciding on Sandra Bullock. It was a real show of faith by Warner Bros, whose movie chief Jeff Robinov championed the project. It has become an outsized global hit, following in the footsteps of Life Of Pi and Avatar. It was this movie that inspired TriStar’s Tom Rothman to want to make his first film To Reach The Clouds, the Robert Zemeckis directed film about Philippe Petit’s groundbreaking high wire walk from the North to South Tower of the World Trade Center in 1974. They are hoping Joseph Gordon Levitt will play him and that production will begin by summer. In the other major film award, Jehane Noujaim was honored as Best Documentary Director for The Square. TV winners included Vince Gilligan for Breaking Bad’s “Felina” episode, Steven Soderbergh for Behind The Candelabra and Beth McCarthy-Miller for the 30 Rock finale.

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DGA Awards Unveils List Of Presenters

By | Thursday January 23, 2014 @ 3:17pm PST

dgalogo__130425174010__131002211232-200x190__131023181458-150x150__131123183011__131218210512Los Angeles – DGA President Paris Barclay today announced the presenters for the 66th Annual DGA Awards. The ceremony, to be hosted by Jane Lynch, will take place on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in

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Directors Guild Unveils Documentary Nominees

By | Monday January 13, 2014 @ 10:07am PST

dgo45LOS ANGELES –Directors Guild of America President Paris Barclay today announced the five nominees for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentaries for 2013.

“The five documentary filmmakers nominated today have made powerful films exploring humanity in all its

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Bryan Cranston & Beth McCarthy-Miller Dominate DGA Awards TV Nominations

By | Thursday January 9, 2014 @ 1:11pm PST
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cranstonmodernFew were surprised when three-time Emmy winner Bryan Cranston last year landed multiple SAG nominations and won two awards: one for his starring role on AMC’s Breaking Bad and one as a cast member of Argo. But it was surprising to see the actor today emerge as the most nominated director in DGA Awards’ TV categories with two noms,dga__121218230019-200x190 (1) one for the 5A season premiere of Breaking Bad and one for “The Old Man & The Tree” episode of Modern Family. Cranston landed his first DGA nom last year and went 2-for-2 today, landing nominations for everything he directed in 2013 — not bad for a side career. He will have some stiff competition in both the drama and comedy series categories, including on the drama side from his boss, Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan, nominated for Breaking Bad‘s series finale, and A-list film and TV directors David Fincher (House Of Cards), David Nutter (Game Of Thrones) and Lesli Linka Glater (Homeland).

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DGA Awards TV Nominations Unveiled

By | Thursday January 9, 2014 @ 11:18am PST

The Directors Guild of America announced its TV and commercial nominees today. Winners will be revealed at the 66th annual DGA Awards dinner hosted by Jane Lynch on January 25 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. Here’s the full list:

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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):

STEPHEN FREARS
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.

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No Shockers Among DGA Awards Film Nominees: Cuaron, Greengrass, McQueen, Russell, Scorsese

Pete Hammond

Today’s eagerly awaited DGA nominations are out and there are no surprises in the bunch. Gravity’s martin scorseseAlfonso Cuaron, Captain Phillips’  Paul Greengrass, 12 Years A Slave’s Steve McQueen, American Hustle’s David O. Russell and The Wolf Of Wall Street‘s Martin Scorsese were all odds-on favorites to make the five — and they did. Some might have questioned Scorsese’s chances since the film has become a lightning rod for controversy and was the last major release of the year, meaning the 15,000-member guild voters would have to see it in time to cast their ballot. But c’mon, he’s Martin Scorsese. There would be no denying this achievement among his fellow directors. He has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the guild and 10 other nominations with 3 wins in 3 different categories (The Departed in film, Boardwalk Empire in TV and George Harrison: Living In The Material World in documentary). He’s a god to this guild. Greengrass, McQueen and Cuaron are all first-timers here, while Russell was nominated for 2010′s The Fighter. However, Russell was passed over for a nomination last year for Silver Linings Playbook but  went on to receive an Oscar nod for that film anyway.

BenAffleck_DirectorsGuildAward_GettyImagesGenerally there is a strong correlation between the DGA and the Oscars. Only seven times has the winner of the DGA Award not gone on to win the Oscar . But the most recent time, last year, was also among the most infamous: Ben Affleck still went on to win the DGA Best Director award for Argo even after the Academy’s much smaller — and quirkier — Directors Branch threw a monkey wrench into the proceedings and snubbed Affleck in its nominations. Life Of Pi’s Ang Lee went on to win the Oscar after losing to Affleck at the DGA, while Argo took Best Picture. In addition to Lee the only agreement the Academy’s Directors Branch had with the DGA was Steven Spielberg’s nomination for Lincoln. It was one of the worst years ever since the DGA Awards were founded in 1948  in terms of a match-up between the guild’s list and Oscar (which also nominated Behn Zeitlin of Beasts Of The Southern Wild and Amour’s Michael Haneke in addition to Russell). I don’t expect the same thing to happen this year.  This is a very strong lineup that includes all the likely frontrunners to grab an Academy Directorial nod as well. But as we all learned last year Oscar often has surprises up its sleeve. We’ll see. Read More »

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Jane Lynch To Host DGA Awards

By | Wednesday December 18, 2013 @ 10:45am PST

Jane LynchJane Lynch seems to be on the shortlist for every emcee job in town — before and after she hosted the 2011 Primetime Emmy Awards. Now she will host the 66th annual DGA Awards, set for January 25 … Read More »

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DGA To Honor Lee Blaine And Vince DeDario With Special Awards

By | Tuesday December 10, 2013 @ 12:36pm PST

DGA_logoLos Angeles – Directors Guild of America President Paris Barclay today announced the recipients of two special DGA Awards recognizing extraordinary contribution to the Guild: Lee Blaine and Vince DeDario will be honored at the 66th Annual DGA Awards on Saturday, January 25, 2014.

Lee Blaine will receive the DGA’s 2014 Frank Capra Achievement Award, which is given to an Assistant Director or Unit Production Manager in recognition of career achievement in the industry and service to the Directors Guild of America. Vince DeDario will receive the DGA’s 2014 Franklin J. Schaffner Achievement Award, which is given to an Associate Director or Stage Manager in recognition of service to the industry and to the Directors Guild of America.

“The strength of the DGA is built upon the commitment and dedication of our actively working members to giving back through service to the Guild,” said Barclay. “Both Lee Blaine and Vince DeDario have been staunch advocates and proud representatives of their fellow Guild members, and they’ve done it while maintaining successful, demanding careers. We are proud to recognize their service and their accomplishments.”

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Shonda Rhimes And Betsy Beers To Receive DGA Diversity Award

By | Tuesday December 3, 2013 @ 11:02am PST

dga1Los Angeles – The Directors Guild of America today announced that it will honor Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers of Shondaland with the Guild’s 2014 Diversity Award. The Award is being given for their commitment to diversity hiring, their long record of providing jobs and opportunities to women and minorities in DGA-covered categories, and for the example they set for the rest of the industry. The Award will be presented at the 66th Annual DGA Awards on Saturday, January 25, 2014.

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DGA Awards 2014 Timeline Announced; Two New Categories, Rule Tweaks Set

By | Monday July 29, 2013 @ 11:41am PDT

The 66th annual DGA Awards were already set for January 25, 2014. Two new categories were unveiled today — Variety/Talk/News/Sports-Regularly Scheduled Programming and Variety/Talk/News/Sports-Specials — along with the timeline. In addition, programs created for the Internet are now eligible in eight categories. Here’s the guild’s full release:

Los Angeles — The DGA announced today the awards schedule for the 66th Annual DGA Awards, the addition of two new Awards, the inclusion of programs created for the Internet in eight categories and additional rule changes. These changes will be implemented for the upcoming 66th Annual DGA Awards, to be held on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.

66th Annual Awards Schedule

DGA members can vote online between December 3, 2013 – January 6, 2014 for Feature Film Nominations; between December 16, 2013– January 7, 2014 for Television Nominations in five categories; and between January 8, 2014– January 24, 2014 for the Feature Film Final Ballot. Complete schedule detailed below. As successfully instituted last year, all voting will continue to take place online only. The DGA will also continue to allow Feature Film screeners to be distributed to members for Awards consideration.

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DGA Awards 2014 Set For January 25

By | Wednesday February 27, 2013 @ 10:51am PST

The 66th Annual DGA Awards have been set for Saturday, January 25, 2014 in the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in LA, a week earlier than this year. It’s still early, but we already know that the … Read More »

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Deadline Awards Watch With Pete Hammond, Episode 12

By | Thursday February 7, 2013 @ 5:23pm PST
Pete Hammond

Listen to (and share) episode 12 of our audio podcast Deadline Awards Watch With Pete Hammond. With Oscar final voting just about to begin, Awards Columnist Hammond and host David Bloom discuss the impacts on major Oscar categories of this past week’s awards ceremonies by the Directors Guild, the Art Directors Guild, the animators’ awards (the “Annies”) and the Visual Effects Society. Which films are continuing to build Oscar momentum going into the voting?

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DGA Awards 2013: Ben Affleck Wins Best Feature Film Director For ‘Argo’; TV Winners Include Rian Johnson ‘Breaking Bad’, Lena Dunham ‘Girls’, Jay Roach ‘Game Change’, Glenn Weiss ‘Tony Awards’, Jill Mitwell ‘One Life To Live’, Brian Smith ‘Master Chef’

By | Saturday February 2, 2013 @ 10:23pm PST

UPDATED WITH ALL WINNERS AND SPEECHES: The 65th Annual Directors Guild Of America Awards dinner was held tonight at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Los Angeles. The DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film was won by Ben Affleck for Argo. “I don’t think this makes me a real director. But I think it means I’m on my way,” he said. This DGA category has traditionally been one of the industry’s most accurate barometers of who will win the Best Director Academy Award – but Affleck was not nominated by the Oscar’s Directors Branch. When asked backstage by Deadline if he thinks the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences wishes it had nominated him for a directing Oscar, Affleck stayed classy: “I have DGA Awardsnothing but respect for the Film Academy. I’m also very grateful to the DGA. I mean, you’re not entitled to anything in life. I’m thrilled and honored that the academy nominated me as a producer for the movie. Maybe taking me out of [the director race] helps give us purpose, because it’s just about that movie as a picture.”

Only six times* since the DGA Awards began in 1948 has the Feature Film winner not gone on to win the corresponding Academy Award. Also nominated by the DGA but not by the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences were Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty) and Tom Hooper (Les Miserables). Affleck was the only one of tonight’s DGA nominees who had not won here before. Steven Spielberg (Lincoln) has won three times, for The Color Purple in 1985, Schindler’s List in 1993 and Saving Private Ryan in 1998. Ang Lee won for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon in 2000 and Brokeback Mountain in 2005. Bigelow won her DGA in 2009 for The Hurt Locker, and Hooper in 2010 for The King’s Speech.

Martin Short introduced Spielberg’s nomination and killed with the audience. “I guess Bill Clinton was booked. Tonight, we honor Steven for his magnificent film Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Slayer.” Spielberg loved it and gave Short a big hug. He received the only standing ovation so far – and quipped back at Short: ”When you tell your assistant to contact Marty about presenting you with your DGA medallion, you’ve got to assume she’s understanding that you’re talking about Scorsese. But we can’t get Clinton, and Marty’s busy, so this is a great third choice. Thank you Marty for presenting me with this.” Noting the intense competition this year, Spielberg said, “This has been an incredible year for movies. I’d be lying if I didn’t admit there have been moments when I wished it was a somewhat less incredible year for movies. But those moments pass.” When presenting him with the DGA nomination medallion for Argo, Bryan Cranston recalled how Affleck was different “from every other director I’ve ever worked with. He was mouthing my dialogue while reciting his. Of course actors love that.” Affleck then deadpanned, “I should have gotten Marty Short.”

Also being recognized tonight are directors of documentaries and television and special award winners Milos Forman (Lifetime Achievement Award in Motion Picture Direction) who was ill and could not attend, Michael Apted (Robert B. Aldrich Award for extraordinary service to the Directors Guild of America and to its membership), Eric Shapiro (Lifetime Achievement Award in News Direction) whose 92-year-old father was in attendance, Susan Zwerman (Frank Capra Achievement Award given to an Assistant Director or Unit Production Manager), and Dency Nelson (Franklin J. Schaffner Achievement Award given to an Associate Director or Stage Manager). DGA president Taylor Hackford read from a letter of thanks supplied by Forman who recalled several DGA directors including Mike Nichols, Sidney Lumet, Franklin Schaffner, and Buck Henry helping him on an immigration issue many years ago. In perhaps the evening’s most moving and powerful moment, Hackford then led everyone gathered in the audience to stand, turn to the back of the room, face the camera of the closed feed, raise their wine glasses, and toast Forman. As music swelled, Hackford continued, “With this recognition, you now walk with the giants. With the directors who have helped forge this guild — Vidor, Capra, Wyler and the others, all who make us who we are today. To Milos! To Milos! To Milos!”

The DGA Awards tonight were hosted by director/actor/producer Kelsey Grammer who entertained with the usual mix of semi-amusing targeted zingers from inside showbiz. “This evening is not just an awards show. It’s a celebration of the art and craft of directing — hence, the open bar.” Addressing Kathryn Bigelow in the audience, Grammer quipped that the suspense “must be torture for you”. He went on: “Congrats to Ang Lee. In Life Of Pi, Lee had the challenge of directing a real live tiger. A wild animal who eats humans and licks himself. This prepared him for any future work with Mel Gibson.” Regarding the recent cancellation of his own Starz series Boss, he said, “The most curious part was when I received a call from someone and they’d say, ‘Kelsey, I’m so sorry about Who’s The Boss.”

Deadline Awards Columnist Pete Hammond, Awardsline’s Anthony D’Alessandro, and Deadline contributor Ray Richmond were on the scene tonight:

65th Annual Directors Guild Of America Awards

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film

Ben Affleck
Argo (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Mr. Affleck’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Amy Herman
First Assistant Director: David Webb
Second Assistant Director: Ian Calip
Second Second Assistant Directors: Clark Credle, Gavin Kleintop
First Assistant Director (Turkey Unit): Belkis Turan

This is Mr. Affleck’s first DGA Feature Film Award nomination.

Ben Affleck called for the rest of his team to join him onstage. He humbly said: “The four folks here who are nominated I consider my betters. There’s no other way of saying it. I work really hard at this… You know, I got to a point in my life where I was really down, really confused, really felt beset on all sides by life, didn’t know what was gonna happen. And I thought, I should be a director.” He admitted, “I don’t think this makes me a real director. But I think it means I’m on my way.”

Backstage, Affleck reflected on what would make him a ‘real’ director: “Gosh, I don’t know… William Wyler’s a real director, Capra’s a real director, Scorsese’s a real director, Spielberg’s a real director… I think of this whole list of greats and I think, that’s the short of grown-ups who I think of as directors. I think of myself as a work in progress. I want to keep growing and pushing and I’m OK with that.”

Affleck was asked if the hard times he’d alluded to in his acceptance speech were finally over. “I hope so,” he replied. “This is certainly a very good time. You know, there are ebbs and flows. There are natural difficulties… I had this very early success as a very young man, which is difficult to manage at any age but particularly when you’re young. And I had some stuff work and some didn’t, and I ran afoul of the press a little bit and became overexposed… Maybe I was being a bit hyperbolic in the speech for effect, but it caused me to wonder, ‘What do I want to do in this industry? Do I have anything to offer? What should I be doing? How can I best express myself?’ And that was around the time I took up directing, and I really view this as connected to that decision because that was fraught with, ‘Can I do it? Can I make it? Can I really direct movies and be at the DGA and to be honored with an award by the DGA?’ It’s definitely more than I could have ever imagined on the first day of shooting on Gone Baby Gone.”

Onstage during his earlier nomination speech, Affleck gave props to all his fellow nominees, including praising Bigelow for “Looking at this male-dominated world and saying ‘Fuck it, I’m gonna go out, I’m gonna make the 9/11 movie, I’m gonna win the fucking Oscar…” and said she was an “example” for his daughters. He also quipped, “I’d also like to thank [fellow Argo producers] Grant Heslov and George Clooney. But I won’t go on at great length because this isn’t televised and they’re not here.”

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary

MALIK BENDJELLOUL
Searching For Sugar Man (Sony Pictures Classics)
Passion Pictures Production
Canfield Pictures & The Documentary Company
Red Box Films

This is Mr. Bendjelloul’s first DGA Award nomination.

TELEVISION

DGA Awards 2013Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series

RIAN JOHNSON
Breaking Bad, “Fifty-One” (AMC)

Mr. Johnson’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Stewart A. Lyons
Assistant Unit Production Manager: James Paul Hapsas
First Assistant Director: Ben Scissors
Second Assistant Director: Louis Lanni
Second Second Assistant Director: Anna Ramey
Additional Second Assistant Director: Joann Connolly

This is Mr. Johnson’s first DGA Award nomination.

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies For Television and Mini-Series

JAY ROACH
Game Change (HBO)

Mr. Roach’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Mary Kane
First Assistant Director: Josh King
Second Assistant Director: Emily McGovern
Second Second Assistant Director: Brian F. Relyea

This is Mr. Roach’s second DGA Award nomination. He previously won the DGA Award for Outstanding
Achievement in Movies for Television and Mini-Series for Recount in 2008.

Jay Roach won the Emmy for the same film about sarah Palin. “This is unbelievable to win this award… in a room filled with my heroes,” he said onstage. Roach noted that he grew up in a very conservative New Mexican family where his mother made a rule to never talk about politics at the dinner table. “And I stuck to that for most of my life – at least at home,” he said. “But when I watched John McCain in 2008 rush to propose Sarah Palin be the next in line for the President of the United States, I said, ‘We’ve got to talk about this’.” The remark drew a mixture of laughter and applause.

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series

LENA DUNHAM
Girls, “Pilot” (HBO)

Ms. Dunham’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Managers: Regina Heyman, Ilene S. Landress
First Assistant Director: Mark McGann
Second Assistant Director: Jason Ivey
Second Second Assistant Director: Marcos Gonzalez Palma

This is Ms. Dunham’s first DGA Award nomination.

An ebullient Lena Dunham said during her acceptance, “It is such an unbelievable honor… I appreciate it endlessly to even call any of these people my peers. Surreal is, I know, an overused Los Angeles word, but it’s how I feel.” Then she launched into thank yous: “There’s no way I would be here without my crew. I showed up and there were 55 people waiting for me with open arms who shared with me everything that they knew. They gave me everything that they had… Thank you to my father Carroll Dunham who directed the shit out of our family…” And before she stepped off the podium, she noted: “Steven Spielberg, I’m coming for you. Ben Affleck, I already came for you.”

Backstage, Dunham explained what that last comment meant. “I just love them. I already talked to Ben. I said to Ben, ‘I love you,’ and he said, ‘Thank you’. Now I’m going to talk to Steven.” as for her show, Dunham said: “I hope the male characters don’t feel like trophies but feel like fully realized humans. And that maybe gives men a little bit of insight into female behavior.”

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Reality Programs

BRIAN SMITH
Master Chef, “Episode #305” (FOX)

Mr. Smith’s Directorial Team:
Associate Director: Anna Moulaison-Moore
Stage Manager: Drew Lewandowski

This is Mr. Smith’s third DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in this category in 2010 and 2011 for episodes “103” and “201” of Master Chef.

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Musical Variety

GLENN WEISS
66th Annual Tony Awards (CBS)

Mr. Weiss’ Directorial Team:
Associate Directors: Ken Diego, Robin Abrams, Stefani Cohen, Ricky Kirshner
Stage Managers: Garry Hood, Phyllis Digilio-Kent, Peter Epstein, Andrew Feigin, Lynn Finkel, Doug Fogel, Jeffry Gitter, Dean Gordon, Arthur Lewis, Jeffrey M. Markowitz, Joey Meade, Tony Mirante, Cyndi Owgang, Jeff Pearl, Elise Reaves, Lauren Class Schneider

This is Mr. Weiss’ ninth DGA Award nomination. He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Musical Variety in 2007, 2010 and 2011 for the 61st, 64th and 65th Annual Tony Awards. He was previously nominated in this category in 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006 and 2008, all for the 55th, 56th, 59th, 60th, and 62nd Annual Tony Awards.

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Daytime Serials

JILL MITWELL
One Life To Live, “Between Heaven and Hell” (ABC)

Ms. Mitwell’s Directorial Team:
Associate Directors: Tracy Casper Lang, Teresa Cicala, Michael Sweeney, Paul S. Glass
Stage Managers: Alan Needleman, Keith Greer, Tracy Casper Lang, Leah M. Weber
Production Associates: Nathalie Rodriguez, Kevin Brush

This is Ms. Mitwell’s ninth DGA Award nomination and all for her direction of One Life to Live. She won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Daytime Serials three times for One Life to Live, “Episode #9779” in 2006, “Episode #8295” in 2000 and “Episode #6356” in 1993. She was nominated five additional times for One Life to Live episodes “Starr X’d Lovers, The Musical, Part Three” in 2010, “Episode #8691” in 2002, “Episode #8012” in 1999, “Episode #7761” in 1998, and “Episode #7285” in 1996.

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children’s Programs

PAUL HOEN
Let it Shine (Disney Channel)

Mr. Hoen’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Katie Willard Troebs
First Assistant Director: Daniel Coffie
Second Assistant Director: Todd Turner
Second Second Assistant Director: D. Scott Kirkley

This is Mr. Hoen’s sixth DGA Award nomination. He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children’s Program in 2007 for Jump In and was previously nominated in this category in 2000 for the Even Stevens episode “Take My Sister… Please,” in 2004 for Searching for David’s Heart, in 2008 for Cheetah Girls: One World and in 2010 for Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam.

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DGA Awards Unveils Documentary Nominees

By | Monday January 14, 2013 @ 10:23am PST

The DGA today announced its nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentaries, with three of the five feature-length films — How To Survive A Plague, The Invisible War and Searching For Sugar Manalso receiving Oscar nominations last week. Winners will be announced February 2 at the … Read More »

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DGA Awards TV Nominations Unveiled

By | Wednesday January 9, 2013 @ 10:30am PST

Related: DGA Award Fim Nominations Announced

The Directors Guild of America revealed its TV and commercial nominees today. Winners will be announced at the 65th annual DGA Awards Dinner hosted by Kelsey Grammer on February 2 at Hollywood & Highland. Here’s the full list:

MOVIES FOR TELEVISION AND MINI-SERIES
GREG BERLANTI
Political Animals, “Pilot”
(USA Network)
Mr. Berlanti’s Directorial Team:
·Unit Production Manager: Suzanne Geiger
·First Assistant Director: Richard Coad
·Second Assistant Director: Katie Carroll
·Second Second Assistant Director: Brad Robinson
This is Mr. Berlanti’s first DGA Award nomination.

PHILIP KAUFMAN
Hemingway & Gellhorn
(HBO)
Mr. Kaufman’s Directorial Team:
· Unit Production Manager: Trish Hofmann
· Assistant Unit Production Manager: Frank Simeone
· First Assistant Director: Mike Topoozian
· Second Assistant Director: Michael A. McCue
· Second Second Assistant Director: Cindy A. Taylor
This is Mr. Kaufman’s second DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for The Right Stuff in 1983.

KEVIN REYNOLDS
Hatfields & McCoys
(HISTORY CHANNEL)
Mr. Reynolds’ Directorial Team:
· Unit Production Manager: Lucia Maghiar
· First Assistant Director: Christopher Landry
· Second Assistant Director: Maria Nita
· Second Second Assistant Director: Madalina Bugeanu
This is Mr. Reynolds’ first DGA Award nomination.

JAY ROACH
Game Change
(HBO)
Mr. Roach’s Directorial Team:
· Unit Production Manager: Mary Kane
· First Assistant Director: Josh King
· Second Assistant Director: Emily McGovern
· Second Second Assistant Director: Brian F. Relyea
This is Mr. Roach’s second DGA Award nomination. He previously won the DGA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Movies for Television and Mini-Series for Recount in 2008.

MICHAEL RYMER
American Horror Story: Asylum, “Dark Cousin”
(FX)
Mr. Rymer’s Directorial Team:
· Unit Production Manager: Chip Vucelich
· First Assistant Director: Ron Rapiel
· Second Assistant Director: Francesco Tignini
· Additional Second Assistant Director: Jason Z. Kemp
· Second Second Assistant Director: Jeremy Reisig
This is Mr. Rymer’s first DGA Award nomination.

DRAMATIC SERIES
MICHAEL CUESTA
Homeland, “The Choice”
(SHOWTIME)
Mr. Cuesta’s Directorial Team:
· Unit Production Manager: J. David Brightbill
· First Assistant Director: Ken Collins
· Second Assistant Director: Kim Kennedy
This is Mr. Cuesta’s second DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series for the “Pilot” episode of Homeland in 2011.

JENNIFER GETZINGER
Mad Men, “A Little Kiss”
(AMC)
Ms. Getzinger’s Directorial Team:
· Unit Production Manager: Michele Greco
· First Assistant Director: Adam Ben Frank
· Second Assistant Director: Jessica Lowrey
· Second Second Assistant Director: Erik J. Carpenter
This is Ms. Getzinger’s third DGA Award nomination. She was previously nominated for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series in 2009 for her Mad Men episode “The Gypsy and the Hobo” and again in 2010 for her Mad Men episode “The Suitcase.”

LESLI LINKA GLATTER
Homeland, “Q & A”
(SHOWTIME)
Ms. Glatter’s Directorial Team:
· Unit Production Manager: J. David Brightbill
· First Assistant Director: Louis J. Guerra
· Second Assistant Director: Kim Kennedy
This is Ms. Glatter’s third DGA Award nomination. She won for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series in 2009 for the “Guy Walks Into an Advertising Agency” episode of Mad Men and was nominated in 1990 for “Episode 32006” of Twin Peaks.

RIAN JOHNSON
Breaking Bad, “Fifty-One”
(AMC)
Mr. Johnson’s Directorial Team:
· Unit Production Manager: Stewart A. Lyons
· Assistant Unit Production Manager: James Paul Hapsas
· First Assistant Director: Ben Scissors
· Second Assistant Director: Louis Lanni
· Second Second Assistant Director: Anna Ramey
· Additional Second Assistant Director: Joann Connolly
This is Mr. Johnson’s first DGA Award nomination.

GREG MOTTOLA
The Newsroom, “We Just Decided To”
(HBO)
Mr. Mottola’s Directorial Team:
· Unit Production Manager: Leanne Moore
· First Assistant Director: Kenneth B. Roth
· Second Assistant Director: Zach Hunt
· Second Second Assistant Director: Steve Dudycha
This is Mr. Mottola’s first DGA Award nomination.

COMEDY SERIES
LOUIS C.K.
Louie, “New Year’s Eve”
(FX)
Mr. C.K.’s Directorial Team:
· Unit Production Managers: M. Blair Breard, Tony Hernandez
· First Assistant Director: Adam Escott
· Second Assistant Director: Nicholas Vanderpool
This is Mr. C.K.’s first DGA Award nomination.

MARK CENDROWSKI
The Big Bang Theory, “The Date Night Variable”
(CBS)
Mr. Cendrowski’s Directorial Team:
· Unit Production Manager: Kelly-Anne Lee
· First Assistant Director: Anthony Rich
· Second Assistant Director: Chris Klausen
· Second Second Assistant Director: Nikki Lorre
· Associate Director: Gay Linvill
This is Mr. Cendrowski’s first DGA Award nomination.

BRYAN CRANSTON
Modern Family, “Election Day”
(ABC)
Mr. Cranston’s Directorial Team:
· Unit Production Manager: Sally Young
· First Assistant Director: Jim Hensz
· Second Assistant Director: Helena Lamb
· Second Second Assistant Director: Matthew W. Heffernan
· Additional Second Second Assistant Director: Patrick Richmond
This is Mr. Cranston’s first DGA Award nomination.

LENA DUNHAM
Girls, “Pilot”
(HBO)
Ms. Dunham’s Directorial Team:
· Unit Production Managers: Regina Heyman, Ilene S. Landress
· First Assistant Director: Mark McGann
· Second Assistant Director: Jason Ivey
· Second Second Assistant Director: Marcos Gonzalez Palma
This is Ms. Dunham’s first DGA Award nomination.

BETH MCCARTHY-MILLER
30 Rock, “Live from Studio 6H”
(NBC)
Ms. McCarthy-Miller’s Directorial Team:
· Unit Production Manager: Diana Schmidt
· First Assistant Director: James E. Sheridan
· Second Assistant Directors: Jennifer Truelove, Bill Sell
· Associate Directors: Stefani Cohen, Bob Caminiti, Michael Poole
· Stage Managers: Gena Rositano, Chris Kelly, Lynn Finkel
This is Ms. McCarthy-Miller’s eighth DGA Award nomination. She was previously nominated for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series for 30 Rock episodes “Live Show” in 2010, “The Reunion Episode #304” in 2008 and “Somebody to Love” in 2007. She won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Musical Variety twice, in 2001 for America: A Tribute to Heroes (co-directed with Joel Gallen) and in 2000 for the “Val Kilmer/U2” episode of Saturday Night Live. She was also twice nominated in this category for Saturday Night Live episodes “Christopher Walken & The Foo Fighters” in 2003 and the 25th Anniversary episode in 1999.

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DGA Award Nominations Announced

By | Tuesday January 8, 2013 @ 10:05am PST

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Kelsey Grammer To Host 65th Annual DGA Awards

By | Tuesday December 18, 2012 @ 2:53pm PST

Kelsey Grammer has again been tapped as host for the 65th Annual DGA Awards on Saturday, February 2, 2013. He also hosted last year. Grammer starred for two seasons on Boss and was himself nominated for a DGA Award for outstanding directing in a comedy series for the Merry Christmas, Mrs. Moskowitz, episode of Frasier. The five feature film nominees will be announced on Tuesday, January 8 and TV and commercials nominees will be announced on Wednesday, January 9. Documentary nominees will be announced on Monday, January 14,2013. Here’s the release:

Los Angeles – Directors Guild of America President Taylor Hackford and 65th Annual DGA Awards Dinner Chair Michael Stevens today announced that director/actor/producer Kelsey Grammer will host the 65th Annual DGA Awards on Saturday, February 2, 2013 in the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Los Angeles.

“We’re so pleased to welcome Kelsey Grammer back as host of the DGA Awards for the second year in a row,” said Hackford. “Last year, Kelsey kept the show (and the wine) flowing while both celebrating the craft of directing and poking fun in all the right places. The audience had a rousing good time and I know we are all looking forward to seeing what Kelsey comes up with this year.”

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