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DGA Announces 73rd Annual Awards Winners; Chloé Zhao Takes Top Prize for Nomadland

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dga25764203692190964442.jpgThe start of the first of three big awards weekends continued on Saturday, April 10, 2021, with the Directors Guild of America‘s 73rd Annual DGA Awards for Achievement in Theatrical Feature Film and Television for 2020.

Nomadland Director Chloé Zhao became only the second woman to win the DGA’s top award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Theatrical Feature Film and also the first woman of color. Sound of Metal Director Darius Marder took home the DGA for first-time feature film, while the directors of The Truffle Hunters won in the documentary category. Scott Frank received his first DGA for the Netflix limited series, The Queen’s Gambit, which also won an ADG Award last night.

Zhao’s win marked a night where five women were honored with DGA Awards, including Susanna Fogel for The Flight Attendant and Homeland‘s Lesli Linka GlatterDirector Betty Thomas also received the Robert B. Aldrich Award, making her only the second woman to receive that honor.

You can see the whole list of DGA Awards winners below:

DGA Awards Medallion Small Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Theatrical Feature Film

Chloé Zhao
Nomadland (Searchlight Pictures)
Ms. Zhao’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Mary Kerrigan
First Assistant Director: Mary Kerrigan

DGA Awards Medallion Small Outstanding Directorial Achievement in First-Time Feature Film

Darius Marder
Sound of Metal (Amazon Studios)
Mr. Marder’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Amy Greene
First Assistant Director: Matthew Vose Campbell

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series

Lesli Linka Glatter
Homeland, “Prisoners of War” (Showtime)
Ms. Glatter’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Managers: Michael Klick, Philippa Naughten
First Assistant Director: Sunday Stevens
Second Assistant Director: Wendy Bledsoe

DGA Awards Medallion Small Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series

Susanna Fogel
The Flight Attendant, “In Case of Emergency” (HBO Max)
Ms. Fogel’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Bonnie Muñoz
First Assistant Director: Derek Peterson
Second Assistant Director: Jacquie Dore
Second Second Assistant Director: Zach Citarella
Location Manager: Chris Banks

DGA Awards Medallion Small Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Limited Series

Scott Frank
The Queen’s Gambit (Netflix)
Mr. Frank’s Directorial Team:
First Assistant Director: Aldric La’auli Porter

DGA Awards Medallion Small Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Regularly Scheduled Programming

 

Don Roy King
Saturday Night Live, “Dave Chappelle; Foo Fighters” (NBC)
Mr. King’s Directorial Team:
Associate Directors: Michael Mancini, Michael Poole, Laura Ouziel‑Mack
Stage Managers: Gena Rositano, Chris Kelly, Eddie Valk 

 

DGA Awards Medallion Small Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Specials

Thomas Schlamme
A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote (HBO Max)
Mr. Schlamme’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Debra James
First Assistant Director: Shawn Pipkin‑West
Second Assistant Director: Courtney Franklin
Second Second Assistant Directors: Ni’cole Pettis, Cathy Bond

DGA Awards Medallion Small Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Reality Programs

Joseph Guidry
Full Bloom, “Petal to the Metal” (HBO Max)
Mr. Guidry’s Directorial Team:
Associate Director: Sean Galvin
Lead Stage Manager: Jimmy Chriss
Stage Managers: Rachel Shimko, Kristianna Laroda, Richard Melendez

DGA Awards Medallion Small Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children’s Programs

 

Amy Schatz
We Are the Dream: The Kids of the Oakland MLK Oratorical Fest (HBO)

DGA Awards Medallion Small Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Commercials

 

Melina Matsoukas

(Prettybird)
You Love Me, Beats by Dr. Dre ‑ Translation
First Assistant Director: Paul Norman
Second Assistant Director: Don Johnson

DGA Awards Medallion Small Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary

Michael Dweck & Gregory Kershaw
The Truffle Hunters (Sony Pictures Classics)

 

Edward Douglas
Edward Douglas
Edward Douglas has written about movies for print and the internet for over 20 years, specializing in box office analysis, reviews, and interviews. Currently, he writes features for Below the Line and Above the Line, acting as Associate Editor for the former and Interim Editor for the latter.
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