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The Directors Guild of America 66th Annual Awards

The Directors Guild of America (DGA) has announced the nominees for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Mini-Series, Dramatic Series, Comedy Series, Variety/Talk/News/Sports Programming and Specials, Reality Programs, Children’s Programs, Commercials and Documentary for 2013. The winners were named at its Annual DGA Awards Dinner on Saturday, January 25, 2014…they are noted in bold.

According to its website, the DGA was “founded in 1936 when a small group of the best-known directors of the time joined together to protect the economic and creative rights of directors in motion pictures, the DGA is the world’s preeminent organization representing directors and members of the directorial team, including Directors, Assistant Directors, Unit Production Managers, Associate Directors, Stage Managers and Production Associates – 15,000 strong worldwide.”

In addition to his Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Mini-Series win for Behind the Candelabra, Soderbergh also received the Robert B. Aldrich Award given for service to the DGA. Soderbergh has spent years as an officer and committee member at the DGA.

The nominees for the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Mini-Series for 2013:

Stephen Frears
Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight (HBO)

Stephen Frears’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Managers: Scott Ferguson, Erica Kay
First Assistant Director: Michael Steele
Second Assistant Director: Nancy Herrmann
Second Second Assistant Director: Ellen Parnett

David Mamet
Phil Spector (HBO)

David Mamet’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Lee R. Mayes
First Assistant Director: Michael Hausman
Second Assistant Director: Erica Fishman
Second Second Assistant Director: Catherine Feeny
Additional Second Second Assistant Director: Eddie Griffith

Beth McCarthy-Miller (Directed By)
Rob Ashford (Theatrical Direction By)
The Sound of Music Live! (NBC)

Directorial Team:
Associate Directors: Stefani Cohen, Susan Kopensky
Stage Managers: Lynn Finkel, Howard Kolins, Jeff Markowitz, Jeffrey L. Pearl, Annette Powlis, Elise Reaves, Lauren Class Schneider, Karen Tasch Weiss, Tom Ucciferri

Nelson McCormick
Killing Kennedy (National Geographic Channel)

Nelson McCormick’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Larry Rapaport
First Assistant Director: Michael “Jocco” Phillips
Second Assistant Director: Ruben Flores Rios
Second Second Assistant Director: Caroline Stephenson

Steven Soderbergh
Behind the Candelabra (HBO)

Steven Soderbergh’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Michael Polaire
First Assistant Director: Gregory Jacobs
Second Assistant Director: Jody Spilkoman
Second Second Assistant Director: Lynn Struiksma

Dramatic Series

The nominees for the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series for 2013 are (in alphabetical order):

Bryan Cranston
Breaking Bad, “Blood Money” (AMC)

Bryan Cranston’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Stewart A. Lyons
Assistant Unit Production Manager: James Paul Hapsas
First Assistant Director: Nina Jack
Second Assistant Director: Louis Lanni
Second Second Assistant Director: Anna Ramey
Additional Second Assistant Director: Marcia Woske

David Fincher
House of Cards, “Chapter 1” (Netflix)

David Fincher’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Managers: John Melfi, Karyn McCarthy
Assistant Unit Production Manager: Don Hug
First Assistant Director: H. H. Cooper
Second Assistant Director: Dale Pierce Nelson
Second Second Assistant Director: Jennifer Roberts

Vince Gilligan
Breaking Bad, “Felina” (AMC)

Vince Gilligan’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Stewart A. Lyons
Assistant Unit Production Manager: James Paul Hapsas
First Assistant Director: Nina Jack
Second Assistant Directors: Anna Ramey, Louis Lanni
Second Second Assistant Director: Joann Connolly
Additional Second Assistant Director: Marcia Woske

Lesli Linka Glatter
Homeland, “The Star” (Showtime)

Lesli Linka Glatter’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Managers: Pavlina Hatoupis, J. David Brightbill
First Assistant Directors: Sunday Stevens, Susan Walter
Second Assistant Director: Kim Kennedy

David Nutter
Game of Thrones, “The Rains of Castamere” (HBO)

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