2022 DGA Awards

The Directors Guild of America announced the winners of the awards for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Television, Commercials and Documentary for 2021 on March 12.

There was one genre winner – director Barry Jenkins’ The Underground Railroad took the award for Movies for Television and Limited Series.

MOVIES FOR TELEVISION AND LIMITED SERIES

BARRY JENKINS
The Underground Railroad
(Amazon)

Mr. Jenkins’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Richleigh Heagh First Assistant Director: Liz Tan
Second Assistant Director: Elaine Wood
Second Second Assistant Director: Wayne Witherspoon
Additional Second Assistant Directors: Jesse Carmona, AJ Bruno

COMEDY SERIES

LUCIA ANIELLO
Hacks, “There Is No Line”
(HBO Max)

COMMERCIALS

BRADFORD YOUNG
(Serial Pictures x Somesuch)
Super. Human., Channel 4 Paralympics – 4Creative First Assistant Director: Jez Oakley

FIRST-TIME FEATURE FILM DIRECTOR

Maggie Gyllenhaal
The Lost Daughter
(Netflix)

VARIETY/TALK/NEWS/SPORTS – REGULARLY SCHEDULED PROGRAMMING

DON ROY KING
Saturday Night Live, ” Keegan-Michael Key; Olivia Rodrigo”
(NBC)

VARIETY/TALK/NEWS/SPORTS – SPECIALS

PAUL DUGDALE
Adele: One Night Only
(CBS)

DOCUMENTARY

STANLEY NELSON
Attica
(Showtime)

REALITY PROGRAMS

ADAM VETRI
Getaway Driver, “Electric Shock”
(Discovery Channel)

Mr. Vetri’s Directorial Team:
First Assistant Director: John Esposito Second Assistant Director: Eric Pai

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS

SMRITI MUNDHRA
Through Our Eyes, “Shelter”
(HBO Max)

2022 DGA Awards Film and TV Nominations

The Directors Guild of America today announced the nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Television, Commercials and Documentary for 2021.

The winners will be revealed at the 74th Annual DGA Awards on Saturday, March 12, 2022.

The nominees of genre interest follow. The complete list is here.

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN MOVIES FOR TELEVISION AND LIMITED SERIES

BARRY JENKINS

The Underground Railroad (Amazon)

Mr. Jenkins’s Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Manager: Richleigh Heagh
  • First Assistant Director: Liz Tan
  • Second Assistant Director: Elaine Wood
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Wayne Witherspoon
  • Additional Second Assistant Directors: Jesse Carmona, AJ Bruno

HIRO MURAI

Station Eleven, “Wheel of Fire” (HBO Max)

Mr. Murai’s Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Managers: Dana Scott, David Nicksay
  • First Assistant Director: Jennifer Wilkinson
  • Location Manager: Stefan Nikolov

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS

JAMES BOBIN

The Mysterious Benedict Society, “A Bunch of Smart Orphans”

(Disney+)

Mr. Bobin’s Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Manager: Grace Gilroy

JEFF WADLOW

Are You Afraid of the Dark?, “The Tale of the Darkhouse”

(Nickelodeon)

2021 DGA Awards Film and
TV Nominations

The Directors Guild of America unveiled its TV, commercials and documentary nominees on March 8 and its film nominees on March 9. The complete lists of nominees are at the links.

No genre production directors made the finalists in the film category. They did better on the TV side.

Jon Favreau is a finalist in the Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series category for
The Mandalorian, “Chapter 9: The Marshal”.

Matt Shakman, WandaVision director, is up for the Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Limited Series award.

Dean Israelite is nominated for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children’s Programs category for Nickelodeon’s series The Astronauts episode “Countdown”

This year’s winners will be announced during an April 10 virtual event.

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.

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2018 DGA Awards

The winners of the 70th DGA Awards presented by the Directors Guild of America on February 3 included directors of these genre productions:

FIRST-TIME FEATURE FILM DIRECTOR

JORDAN PEELE, “Get Out”
(Universal Pictures)

Peele’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Managers: Marcei A. Brown, Rick A. Osako (Fairhope Unit)
First Assistant Director: Gerard DiNardi
Second Assistant Directors: Ram Paul Silbey, Marc Newland (Fairhope Unit), Jack McKenna (New York Unit)
Second Second Assistant Director: Maggie Ballard
Location Manager: Kurt Enger (New York Unit)

FEATURE FILM

GUILLERMO DEL TORO, “The Shape of Water”
(Fox Searchlight Pictures)

del Toro’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: J. Miles Dale
Production Manager: Dennis Chapman
First Assistant Director: Pierre Henry
Second Assistant Director: Tyler Delben

DRAMA SERIES

REED MORANO, The Handmaid’s Tale, “Offred”
(Hulu)

Ms. Morano’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Joe Boccia

[Thanks to John King Tarpinian for the story.]