First Female Film Director Wins DGA: Award To ‘Hurt Locker’s Kathryn Bigelow; Female TV Helmer Wins For ‘Mad Men’
Women ruled at the DGA tonight for top honors in both film and TV drama direction. The DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film has traditionally been one of the Industry’s most accurate barometers for the Best Director Academy Award. Only 6 times since the DGA Awards began in 1948 has the Feature Film winner not gone on to win the Oscar. But tonight’s honor for The Hurt Locker‘s helmer Kathryn Bigelow is the first DGA win not just for her but the first for any female film director. Her team on the 2009 Summit Entertainment consisted of Unit Production Manager Tony Mark, First Assistant Director David Ticotin, and First Assistant Director (Canadian Unit) Lee Cleary. Bigelow beat out Precious‘ Lee Daniels, Up In The Air‘s Jason Reitman, Inglourious Basterds‘ Quentin Tarantino, and, most surprising of all, her ex, Avatar‘s James Cameron. Bigelow, who was only the 7th female to be nominated for the DGA award, was quoted as saying, “This is the most incredible moment of my life.”
Norman Jewison reeceived the 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award, while Disney’s Bob Iger and Warner Bros’ Barry Meyer were given the 2010 Honorary Life Membership Awards.
Other DGA winners were:
Documentary: Louie Psihoyos for The Cove (Oceanic Preservation Society
and Roadside Attractions)
TV drama series: Lesli Linka Glatter for “Guy Walks Into An Advertising Agency” episode of Mad Men (AMC). Directorial Team: Unit Production Manager Dwayne Shattuck, First Assistant …
This afternoon, the cast received notification that it’s the last season for Ugly Betty — and that ABC has cut its order by two episodes for this season and the show will now wrap at the end of March. This sad news comes after ABC twice moved Ugly Betty‘s time slot. The one-time award-winning hit show had been Thursdays at 8 PM, but then switched to the “Friday night death slot” of 9 PM during this 4th season, then settled into Wednesdays at 10 PM in the former Eastwick spot. As an insider told me at the time, “We’ve been getting great reviews for the season but horrible ratings, and hopefully we’ve got a shot at lasting one more season with the move.” Instead, ABC pulled the plug today and even pulled it early — though the network hinted at a fan-satisfying big finale.
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