DGA Awards 2020 Winners

The winners of the 72nd DGA Awards presented by the Directors Guild of America on January 25 included the directors of a Watchmen episode, and the genre-adjacent Chernobyl miniseries.  

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series

NICOLE KASSELL – Watchmen, “It’s Summer and We’re Running Out of Ice” (HBO)

Ms. Kassell’s Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Managers: Karen Wacker, Ron Schmidt, Joseph E. Iberti
  • First Assistant Director: Keri Bruno
  • Second Assistant Directors: Lisa Zugschwerdt, Ben White
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Jessie Sasser White

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Limited Series

JOHAN RENCK – Chernobyl (HBO)

The complete list of winners follows the jump.


Feature Film

  • Sam Mendes – 1917


  • Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert – American Factory

First-Time Feature Film

  • Alma Har’el – Honey Boy


Drama Series

  • Nicole Kassell – Watchmen for “It’s Summer and We’re Running Out of Ice”

Comedy Series

  • Bill Hader – Barry for “ronny/lily”

Movies for Television and Limited Series

  • Johan Renck – Chernobyl

Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Regularly Scheduled Programming

  • Don Roy King – Saturday Night Live for “Eddie Murphy/Lizzo”

Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Specials

  • James Burrows and Andy Fisher – Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s All in the Family and The Jeffersons

Reality Programs

  • Jason Cohen – Encore! for “Annie”

Children’s Programs

  • Amy Schatz – Song of Parkland

Commercials (division)


  • Spike Jonze – Squarespace’s “Dream It” and MedMen’s “The New Normal”

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