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72nd Annual Directors Guild of America Awards  

January 26, 2020 | By


The 72nd Annual Directors Guild of America (DGA) Guild Awards was held on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Los Angeles, CA. The annual ceremony honored talented directors across 11 major categories within the film and television space, along with 2 lifetime achievement awards.

The show was hosted by Judd Apatow. The many guest presenters included Alfonso Cuaron, Leonardo DiCaprio, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Sam Rockwell, Katheryn Rinnick, Norman Jewison, Catherine Hardwicke, Diane Amos, Anthony Anderson, Terry Crews, Chrissy Metz, Lee Jung Eun, Dean-Charles Chapman, George McKay, Todd Arnow, and Don Mischer.

The Theatrical Feature nominee medallions were presented to the five chosen directors in Sam Mendes for 1917, Bong Joon Ho for Parasite, Taika Waititi for Jojo Rabbit, Martin Scorsese for The Irishman, and Quentin Tarantino for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Sam Mendes came out on top by capturing the most prized award in Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Theatrical Feature Film.

This year’s DGA Awards featured a handful of first-time nominee winners in Nicole Kassell for Watchmen, Johan Renck for Chernobyl, Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert for American Factory, and Jason Cohen for Encore!, Annie.” Alma Har’el also won in the category of Outstanding Directorial Achievement of a First-Time Feature Film Director for Honey Boy.
HBO dominated the awards show with 4 wins coming from excellence in direction in Barry, Watchmen, Chernobyl, and Song of Parkland.

The recipients for the Life Achievement Award for the Franklin Schaffner Award was offered to Arthur E. Lewis, while the Frank Capra Achievement Award was given to Duncan S. Henderson.

The list of the winners are below:

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN THEATRICAL FEATURE FILM:
Sam Mendes – 1917 (Universal Pictures)
Directorial Team:
• Unit Production Managers: Callum McDougall, Hannah Godwin
• First Assistant Director: Michael Lerman
• Second Assistant Director: Joey Coughlin

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMATIC SERIES:
Nicole Kassell – Watchmen, “It’s Summer and We’re Running Out of Ice” (HBO)
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)

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN DOCUMENTARY:
Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert – American Factory (Netflix)

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT OF A FIRST-TIME FEATURE FILM DIRECTOR:
Alma Har’el – Honey Boy (Amazon Studios)
Directorial Team:
• Unit Production Manager: David Grace
• First Assistant Director: Sean Vawter
• Second Assistant Director: Colin Flaherty
• Second Second Assistant Director: Sarah Balboa

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN COMMERCIALS:
Spike Jonze (MJZ)
Dream It, Squarespace – Squarespace
• First Assistant Director: Thomas Smith
The New Normal, Medmen – Mekanism
• First Assistant Director: Thomas Smith
• Second Assistant Directors: David Marnell, Jeff Tavani

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN COMEDY SERIES:
Bill Hader – Barry, “ronny/lily” (HBO)
Directorial Team:
• Unit Production Manager: Aida Rodgers
• First Assistant Director: Gavin Kleintop
• Second Assistant Director: Kevin Zelman
• Second Second Assistant Director: Heather Kehayas
• Additional Second Assistant Director: Mikaela Mathern

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN REALITY PROGRAMS:
Jason CohenEncore!, “Annie” (Disney+)
Directorial Team:
• Associate Director: Daniel Shultz

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN VARIETY/TALK/NEWS/SPORTS – SPECIAL:
James Burrows (“All in the Family” and “The Jeffersons” – Directed by)
Andy Fisher (“Live in Front of a Studio Audience” – Directed by)
Live in Front of a Studio Audience Norman Lear’s ‘All in the Family’ and ‘The Jeffersons’
(ABC)
Directorial Team:
• Associate Directors: Martin Pasetta Jr., Sara Niimi
• Stage Managers: John Esposito, Valdez Flagg, Alissa Levisohn Hoyo, Harvey Levine, Doug Tobin, Richard Silva, Jenny Nolan Bailey

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN VARIETY/TALK/NEWS/SPORTS – REGULAR:
Don Roy King
Saturday Night Live, “E. Murphy; Lizzo”
(NBC)
King’s Directorial Team:
• Associate Directors: Michael Mancini, Mike Poole, Laura Ouziel-Mack
• Stage Managers: Gena Rositano, Chris Kelly

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS:
Amy Schatz – Song of Parkland (HBO Documentary Films)

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

Franklin Schaffner Award:
Arthur E. Lewis

Frank Capra Achievement Award:
Duncan S. Henderson

For more information please visit https://www.dga.org/Awards/Annual

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