2016 DGA Awards: The Complete Winners List

7:00 PM 2/6/2016

by Gregg Kilday

'The Revenant's' Alejandro G. Inarritu took the top prize at the Directors Guild of America Awards, presented on Saturday at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.

A visibly emotional Alejandro G. Inarritu accepted the award for outstanding directorial achievement in feature film for his work on The Revenant at the 68th annual Directors Guild Awards, which were held Saturday night at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.

Traditionally, the winner of the previous year's DGA Award does the honors of announcing the new year's winner, but this year Tom Hooper, who won the award in 2011 for The King's Speech, was drafted to open the envelope, since Inarritu himself won the award last year for Birdman and this year was nominated again — alongside Spotlight's Tom McCarthy, The Big Short's Adam McKay, Mad Max: Fury Road's George Miller and The Martian's Ridley Scott.

Judging from the applause level in the room as the nominees' names were read, Miller was the popular favorite, but in the end, it was Inarritu who was called to the stage, becoming the first director to ever win back-to-back DGA Awards.

Choking back tears, Inarritu noted, "Tough men don't cry. That's what Ridley Scott said today, and he's right." But the filmmaker appeared overcome as he acknowledged his father, who died two years ago, saying, "I think he's getting some business up there to make this happen, and I miss him a lot." The Mexico-born director spoke of visiting the hotel's kitchen, where "there were more than 120 Mexicans that serve you hot food, and that was the best party I ever had — that's not the people that Donald Trump has described at all." Inarritu went on to say, "This hug, this embrace you're giving to me today, is going to a whole country, a whole Latin American community in this country. The people who live here contribute a lot to this country."

The DGA Award is considered one of the key harbingers of Oscar victory, since there have been only seven occasions in the history of the award when the DGA winner has not gone on to win the Oscar for best director. The suspense was particularly high this year since no one picture has emerged as the obvious Oscar frontrunner. While the Golden Globe for best drama went to The Revenant (and the best comedy Globe was awarded to The Martian), each of the guilds have chosen a different film. The Producers Guild of America gave its top prize to The Big Short and the Screen Actors Guild Award for best ensemble went to Spotlight. But the DGA Award now gives a boost to Paramount, New Regency and Plan B's The Revenant, the tale of a 19th century fur trader fighting for his life.

The top television awards — a sweep for HBO — were presented to David Nutter in the dramatic series category for the "Mother's Mercy" episode of Game of Thrones; Chris Addison in the comedy series race for the "Election Night" episode of Veep; and Dee Rees in movies for television/miniseries for Bessie, the biopic about Bessie Smith.

The award for best documentary feature directing went to Matthew Heineman for Cartel Land, which looks at vigilante groups fighting the drug cartels on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. "I hope that this film will give voice to those trapped by the cycle of violence in hopes that one day the cycle will end," said Heineman.

The DGA also introduced a new award this year, a prize for a first-time feature film director, and Steven Spielberg was on hand to present the inaugural prize to writer-turned-director Alex Garland for Ex Machina, his sci-fi tale of an android on the verge of consciousness. In his acceptance, Garland cited Steven Soderbergh as his inspiration, calling him "a lighthouse who's shown the way."

Prolific and influential commercial director Joe Pytka was honored with the guild's lifetime achievement award in television, and later in the evening, when Scott appeared onstage to accept his nomination, he gave a shout-out to both Pytka and his late brother Tony Scott as the two most influential directors in his life.

The DGA also presented its Franklin J. Schaffner Award to Tom McDermott and its Frank Capra Award to Mary Rae Thewlis.

In his welcoming remarks, DGA president Paris Barclay alluded to diversity, the issue of the day, by speaking of the importance of convincing "the industry that equal opportunity means just that. Equal opportunity means a level playing field." Jane Lynch, who served as the evening's emcee, drew applause when she pointed out that 14 of the evening's nominees were women. And James Corden, who served as a presenter, got one of the night's biggest laughs when he suggested that because of the disparity in pay offered to men and women, "Eddie Redmayne had to take a pay cut halfway through The Danish Girl."

  • Feature Film

    'Revenant,' Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox

    Alejandro G. Inarritu (WINNER)
    The Revenant
    (20th Century Fox)

     
    Unit Production Managers: Drew Locke, James W. Skotchdopole, Doug Jones
    First Assistant Director: Scott Robertson
    Second Assistant Directors: Megan M. Shank, Matthew Haggerty, Jeremy Marks
    Unit Production Manager: Gabriela Vazquez (Argentina, California, and Montana Unit)
    First Assistant Director: Adam Somner (Argentina, California, and Montana Unit)
    Second Assistant Directors: Trevor R. Tavares, Jasmine Marie Alhambra (Argentina, California, and Montana Unit)
    Second Second Assistant Directors: Brett Robinson, Kasia Trojak (Argentina, California, and Montana Unit)
     
    This is Iñárritu’s fourth DGA Award nomination. He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film in 2014 for Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance). He was also nominated in this category for Babel in 2006. He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Commercials for “Best Job” (Procter & Gamble) in 2012.

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    Tom McCarthy
    Spotlight
    (Open Road Films)
     
    Unit Production Managers: D.J. Carson, Michael Bederman
    First Assistant Director: Walter Gasparovic
    Second Assistant Director: Penny Charter
    Assistant Unit Production Manager: Danielle Blumstein (Boston Unit)
    First Assistant Director: Christo Morse (Boston Unit)
    Second Assistant Directors: Conte Matal, Kristina Mariko Peterson, Annie Tan, Andrea O’Connor (Boston Unit)
    Second Second Assistant Directors: Phil Robinson, Mark Romanelli (Boston Unit)
    Additional Second Assistant Director: Scooter Perrotta (Boston Unit)
    Location manager: Robert Striem

     
    This is McCarthy’s first DGA Feature Film Award nomination.

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    Adam McKay
    The Big Short
    (Paramount Pictures)
     
    Unit Production Manager: Louise Rosner
    First Assistant Director: Matt Rebenkoff
    Second Assistant Director: Amy Lauritsen
    Second Second Assistant Director: Cali Pomés
    Second Second Assistant Director: Josh Muzaffer (New York Unit)
    Location Manager: Michael Kriaris
     
    This is McKay’s first DGA Feature Film Award nomination.

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    George Miller
    Mad Max: Fury Road
    (Warner Bros.)
     
    Unit Production Manager: Dean Hood
    First Assistant Director: PJ Voeten
    Second Assistant Directors: Samantha Smith, Wendy Croad, Chris O’Hara
    Second Assistant Directors: Eddie Thorne (Syndey Unit), Emma Jamvold (Syndey Unit)
    Second Second Assistant Directors: Danielle Blake (Syndey Unit), Joshua Watkins (Syndey Unit)
     
    This is Miller’s first DGA Feature Film Award nomination.

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    Ridley Scott
    The Martian
    (20th Century Fox)
     
    Unit Production Managers: Francesca Cingolani, Miklós Tóth
    First Assistant Director: Raymond Kirk
    Second Assistant Directors: Sarah Hood, Bogi Móricz
    Second Second Assistant Director: Nick Thomas
     
    This is Scott's fourth DGA Award nomination. He was nominated in this category in 1991 for Thelma and Louise, in 2000 for Gladiator and in 2001 for Black Hawk Down.

  • First-Time Feature Film Director

    'Ex Machina,' Courtesy of A24 Films

    Alex Garland (WINNER)
    Ex Machina
    (A24)

     
    Unit Production Manager: Sara Desmond
    First Assistant Director: Nick Heckstall‑Smith
    Second Assistant Director: Ray Kenny
     
    This is Garland's first DGA Award nomination.

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    Fernando Coimbra 
    A Wolf at the Door
    (Outsider Pictures) 

    Unit Production Manager: Clara Machado
    First Assistant Director: Suzy Milstein
    Second Assistant Director: Raquel Toledo
     
    This is Coimbra's first DGA Award nomination.

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    Joel Egerton
    The Gift
    (STX Entertainment)
     
    Unit Production Manager: Luc Etienne
    First Assistant Director: Michael J. Moore
    Second Assistant Director: Matt Haggerty
    Second Second Assistant Director: Dillon Neaman
     
    This is Edgerton's first DGA Award nomination.

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    Marielle Heller
    The Diary of a Teenage Girl
    (Sony Pictures Classics)
     
    Unit Production Manager: Molly Salz
    First Assistant Director: Brian Benson
    Second Assistant Director: Jerremy Stewart
    Second Second Assistant Director: Alex Gilbert
     
    This is Heller's first DGA Award nomination.

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    Laszlo Nemes
    Son of Saul
    (Sony Pictures Classics)
     
    Unit Production Manager: Gábor Szántó
    First Assistant Director: István Kolos
    Second Assistant Directors: Zoltán Gyovai, Edina Galgócz   
     
    This is Nemes's first DGA Award nomination.

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    Eligible directors for this award must have released his or her first feature-length film theatrically in Los Angeles or New York in 2015.  Foreign films are eligible and the director does not need to be a DGA member.

  • Dramatic Series

    Courtesy of HBO

    David Nutter (WINNER)
    Game of Thrones, “Mother's Mercy”
    (HBO)

     
    This is Mr. Nutter’s sixth DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in this category in 2013 for the Game of Thrones episode “The Rains of Castamere” and in 2006 for The Sopranos episode “Join the Club.” He was also nominated in the Comedy Series category for Entourage episodes “The Resurrection” (2007) and “Lose Yourself” (2010); and in the Movies for Television and Mini-Series category for The Pacific “Basilone” in 2010.

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    Michael Engler
    Downton Abbey, “Episode 8”
    (PBS)

     
    This is Mr. Engler’s fourth DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in the Comedy Series category in 2007 for the 30 Rock episode “Rosemary's Baby,” in 2003 for the Sex and the City episode “Hop, Skip & A Week,” and in 2001 for the Sex and the City episode “My Motherboard, Myself.”

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    Lesli Linka Glatter
    Homeland, “The Tradition of Hospitality”
    (Showtime)
     
    Ms. Glatter's Directorial Team:
    Unit Production Manager: Michael Klick
    First Assistant Director: Sunday Stevens
    Second Assistant Director: Wendy Bledsoe
     
    This is Ms. Glatter’s sixth DGA Award nomination. She previously won in this category in 2014 for Homeland, “From A to B and Back Again” and in 2009 for Mad Men, “Guy Walks into an Advertising Agency.” She was also nominated in 2013 and 2012 for Homeland episodes “The Star” and “Q & A,” as well as in 1990 for Twin Peaks, “Episode 32006.”

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    Steven Soderbergh
    The Knick, “Williams and Walker”
    (Cinemax)
     
    Mr. Soderbergh's Directorial Team:
    Unit Production Managers: Michael Polaire, Gabrielle Mahon
    First Assistant Director: Gregory Jacobs
    Second Assistant Director: Jody Spilkoman
    Second Second Assistant Directors: Travis Rehwaldt, Jason F. Fesel
    Location Manager: Rob Striem
     
    This is Mr. Soderbergh’s fourth DGA Award nomination. He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Mini-Series for Behind the Candelabra in 2013. He was previously nominated in the Feature Film category in 2000 for both Erin Brockovich and Traffic. He was also the recipient of the Guild’s 2014 Robert B. Aldrich Service Award for extraordinary service to the DGA and its membership.

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    Matthew Weiner
    Mad Men, “Person to Person”
    (AMC)
     
    Mr. Weiner's Directorial Team:
    Unit Production Manager: Dara Weintraub
    First Assistant Director: Lisa M. Rowe
    Second Assistant Director: Maria Mantia
    Second Second Assistant Director: M. Ryan Traylor
     
    This is Mr. Weiner’s third DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in this same category for the Mad Men episodes “Meditations in an Emergency” in 2008 and “Shut The Door. Have A Seat” in 2009.

  • Comedy Series

    HBO

    Chris Addison (WINNER)
    Veep, “Election Night”
    (HBO)

     
    Mr. Addison's Directorial Team:
    Unit Production Manager: Bill Hill
    First Assistant Director: Dale Stern
    Second Assistant Director: Michelle Gritzer
    Second Second Assistant Director: Miles Perman
     
    This is Mr. Addison’s first DGA Award nomination.

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    Louis C.K.
    Louie, “Sleepover”
    (FX)
     
    Mr. C.K.’s Directorial Team:
    Unit Production Manager: M. Blair Breard
    First Assistant Director: Adam Escott
    Second Assistant Director: Nick Vanderpool
    Second Second Assistant Director: Daniel Lugo
    Location Manager: Jeff Caron
     
    This is Mr. C.K.’s fourth DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in this same category in 2012 for the Louie episode “New Year’s Eve” and in 2014 for the Louie episode “Elevator: Part 6.” He was also nominated in the Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Specials category in 2013 for Louis C.K.: Oh My God.

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    Mike Judge
    Silicon Valley, “Binding Arbitration”
    (HBO)
     
    Mr. Judge’s Directorial Team:
    Unit Production Manager: Philipp A. Barnett
    First Assistant Director: Brett Dos Santos
    Second Assistant Director: Thomas Boucher
    Second Second Assistant Director: Bryan Snodgrass
     
    This is Mr. Judge’s second DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in this same category in 2014 for the Silicon Valley episode “Minimum Viable Product.”

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    Gail Mancuso
    Modern Family, “White Christmas”
    (ABC)
     
    Ms. Mancuso's Directorial Team:
    Unit Production Manager: Sally Young
    First Assistant Director: Jim Hensz
    Second Assistant Director: Jason Z. Kemp
    Second Second Assistant Director: Matt Baker
     
    This is Ms. Mancuso’s third DGA Award nomination. She was previously nominated in this same category in 2014 for the Modern Family episode “Vegas” and in 2013 for the Modern Family episode “My Hero.”

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    Jill Soloway
    Transparent, “Kina Hora”
    (Amazon)
     
    Ms. Soloway’s Directorial Team:
    Unit Production Manager: Victor Hsu
    First Assistant Director: Maria Battle Campbell
    Second Assistant Director: Allan Monteiro Fortes
    Second Second Assistant Director: Anna Vogt
     
    This is Ms. Soloway’s second DGA Award nomination. She previously won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy in 2014 for her Transparent episode “Best New Girl.”

  • Movies for Television and Mini-Series

    Frank Masi/HBO

    Dee Rees (WINNER)
    Bessie
    (HBO)

     
    Ms. Rees's Directorial Team:
    Unit Production Manager: Ron Schmidt
    First Assistant Director: Michael J. Moore
    Second Assistant Director: Basti Van Der Woude
    Second Second Assistant Director: Joann Connolly
     


    This is Ms. Rees’s first DGA Award nomination.

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    Angela Bassett
    Whitney
    (Lifetime)

     
    Ms. Bassett's Directorial Team:
    Unit Production Manager: Kyle Clark
    First Assistant Director: Van Hayden
    Second Assistant Director: Elaine Wood
    Second Second Assistant Director: Wayne Witherspoon
     
    This is Ms. Bassett’s first DGA Award nomination.



    Laurie Collyer
    The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe
    (Lifetime)
     
    Ms. Collyer's Directorial Team:
    Unit Production Manager: Joseph Boccia
    First Assistant Directors: Myron Hoffert, J. Stephen Buck
    Second Assistant Directors: Gerrod Shully, Brent Clark
     
    This is Ms. Collyer’s second DGA Award nomination. She was previously nominated in the Documentary category in 2000 for Nuyorican Dream.

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    Paul Haggis
    Show Me a Hero
    (HBO)
     
    Mr. Haggis's Directorial Team:
    Unit Production Managers: April Taylor, Nina K. Noble
    First Assistant Director: Haze JF Bergerson, III
    Second Assistant Director: Matthew Mason
    Second Second Assistant Director: Scott Foster
    Additional Second Assistant Director: Mary G. Knauf
    Location Manager: Andrew D. Cooke
     
    This is Mr. Haggis’s second DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in the Feature Film category in 2005 for Crash.

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    Kenny Leon (Directed By)        
    Matthew Diamond (Live Television Direction By)
    The Wiz Live!
    (NBC)
     
    Directorial Team:
    Associate Directors: Rae Kraus, Robin Mishkin Abrams, Adam Mishler
    Key Stage Managers: Andrew C. Gottlieb, Jeff Markowitz
    Stage Managers: Cyndi Owgang, Jeffrey L. Pearl, Annette Powlis, Elise Reaves, Cody Renard Richard, Sarah Testerman
     
    This is Mr. Leon’s second DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in this same category in 2008 for A Raisin in the Sun.
     
    This is Mr. Diamond’s seventh DGA Award nomination. He won DGA Awards for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Musical Variety for Great Performances: Dance in America - Swan Lake with American Ballet Theater in 2005; for From Broadway: Fosse in 2002, and for Some Enchanted Evening, Celebrating Oscar Hammerstein in 1995. He was previously nominated in the Musical Variety category in 1998 for Savion Glover - Stomp, Slide & Swing: Performance in the White House; in the Documentary category in 1998 for Dance Maker; and in the Children’s Programs category in 2008 for Camp Rock.

     

  • Variety/Talk/News/Sports - Regularly Scheduled Programming

    The Tonight Show/YouTube

    Dave Diomedi (WINNER)
    The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, “Episode #325”
    (NBC)

     
    Mr. Diomedi’s Directorial Team:
    Associate Directors: Mark Jankeloff, Maureen Smith
    Stage Managers: Niclana Tolmasoff, Mike Kilkenny
     
    This is Mr. Diomedi’s third DGA Award nomination. He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Regularly Scheduled Programming in 2014 for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, “Episode #1.” He was previously nominated in this same category in 2013 for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, “#799.”

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    Paul G. Casey
    Real
    Time With Bill Maher, “Show #1334”
    (HBO)

     
    Mr. Casey’s Directorial Team:
    Associate Director: Stacy Talbot
    Stage Managers: Patrick Whitney, Brian Anderson
     
    This is Mr. Casey’s second DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in this same category in 2014 for Real Time With Bill Maher, “Show #1226.”

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    Don Roy King
    Saturday Night Live, “Host: Tracy Morgan/Musical Guest: Demi Lovato”
    (NBC)
     
    Mr. King’s Directorial Team:
    Associate Directors: Michael Mancini, Michael Poole, Bob Caminiti
    Stage Managers: Gena Rositano, Chris Kelly
     
    This is Mr. King’s tenth DGA Award nomination. He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Regularly Scheduled Programming in 2013 for Saturday Night Live “Host: Justin Timberlake” and was previously nominated for Saturday Night Live episodes in 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014. He is also nominated in the Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Specials category this year for Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special.

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    Ryan McFaul & Amy Schumer
    Inside Amy Schumer, “12 Angry Men”
    (Comedy Central)
     
    Directorial Team:
    Associate Directors: Nicholas R. Bell, Kim Thompson, Luke Sherman
     
    This is Mr. McFaul’s first DGA Award nomination.
     
    This is Ms. Schumer’s first DGA Award nomination.

    Chuck O'Neil
    The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, “Episode #20142”
    (Comedy Central)
     
    Mr. O’Neil’s Directorial Team:
    Associate Director: Paul A.J. Pennolino
    Stage Managers: Craig Spinney, Tom Ucciferri, April Smith
     
    This is Mr. O’Neil’s twelfth DGA Award nomination. He previously was nominated in 2010 for Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear and in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014, all for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

  • Variety/Talk/News/Sports - Specials

    Don Roy King (WINNER)
    Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special
    (NBC)

     
    Mr. King’s Directorial Team:
    Associate Directors: Michael Mancini, Michael Poole, Bob Caminiti, Dan Dome
    Stage Managers: Gena Rositano, Chris Kelly, Joey Despenzero, Lynn Finkel, Eddie Valk
     
    This is Mr. King’s tenth DGA Award nomination. He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Regularly Scheduled Programming in 2013 for Saturday Night Live “Host: Justin Timberlake” and was previously nominated for Saturday Night Live episodes in 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014. He is also nominated in the Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Regularly Scheduled Programming category this year for Saturday Night Live, “Host: Tracy Morgan/Musical Guest: Demi Lovato.”

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    Sofia Coppola
    A
    Very Murray Christmas
    (Netflix)

     
    Ms. Coppola’s Directorial Team:
    Associate Director: Roman Coppola
    Head Stage Manager: Jason Ivey
    Stage Managers: Scott Bowers, Connie Pierce-Winters, Woodrow Travers
     
    This is Ms. Coppola’s second DGA Award nomination. She was previously nominated in the Feature Film category in 2003 for Lost in Translation.

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    Hamish Hamilton
    The 87th Annual Academy Awards
    (ABC)
     
    Mr. Hamilton’s Directorial Team:
    Associate Directors: Hayley Collett, Susan Kopensky, Tim Kettle, Lori Margules, Michael Polito
    Stage Managers: Gary Natoli, Dave Cove, John Esposito, Valdez Flagg, Chris Hines, Alissa Levisohn Hoyo, Arthur Lewis, Roxanne Lozano, Ron Paul, Vince Poxon, Tammy Raab, Jason Seligman, Doug Smith, Jackie Stathis, Cheryl Teetzel-Moore, Debbie Williams, Ari Woog

    This is Mr. Hamilton’s second DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in this same category in 2014 for The 86th Annual Academy Awards.

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    Beth McCarthy-Miller
    Adele Live in New York City
    (NBC)
     
    Ms. McCarthy-Miller’s Directorial Team:
    Associate Directors: Susan Locke-Shapiro, Michael Poole
    Stage Managers: Gena Rositano, Chris Kelly, Eddie Valk
     
    This is Ms. McCarthy-Miller’s eleventh DGA Award nomination. She won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series in 2013 for the 30 Rock episode “Hogcock!/Last Lunch.” She was also nominated that year, together with Rob Ashford, in the Movies for Television and Mini-Series category for The Sound of Music Live! She was previously nominated in the Comedy Series category for 30 Rock episodes “Live from Studio 6H” in 2012, “Live Show” in 2010, “The Reunion Episode #304” in 2008 and “Somebody to Love” in 2007. She won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Musical Variety twice, in 2001 for America: A Tribute to Heroes (co-directed with Joel Gallen) and in 2000 for the “Val Kilmer and U2” episode of Saturday Night Live. She was also twice nominated in that category for Saturday Night Live episodes “Christopher Walken and The Foo Fighters” in 2003 and the 25th Anniversary episode in 1999.

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    Chris Rock
    Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo
    (HBO)
     
    Mr. Rock’s Directorial Team:
    Associate Director/Stage Manager: Arthur Lewis
     
    This is Mr. Rock’s first DGA Award nomination.

  • Reality Programs

    Adam Vetri (WINNER)
    Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge, “Gods of War”
    (CMT)

     
    Mr. Vetri’s Directorial Team:
    Associate Director: Ian Blankenship
    Stage Manager: Mercury Melendez
     


    This is Mr. Vetri’s second DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in this category in 2014 for Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge, “Welcome to the Gun Show.”

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    Brady Connell
    The Great Christmas Light Fight, “Episode 304”
    (ABC)

     
    This is Mr. Connell’s first DGA Award nomination.

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    Ken Fuchs
    Shark Tank, “702”
    (ABC)
     
    Mr. Fuchs’s Directorial Team:
    Associate Director: Amy Barker
    Head Stage Manager: Eric Rhoden
    Stage Managers: Doug Neal, Michael Strauss
     
    This is Mr. Fuchs’s first DGA Award nomination.

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    Steve Kryniewicz
    Cutthroat Kitchen, “Superstar Sabotage Finale: It’s Raining Ramen”
    (Food Network)
     
    Mr. Hryniewicz’s Directorial Team:
    Associate Director: Anna Moulaison-Moore
    Stage Manager: Drew Lewandowski
    This is Mr. Hryniewicz’s second DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in 2014 for Top Chef, “The First Thanksgiving.”

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    Bertram van Munster
    The Amazing Race, “Bring the Fun, Baby!”
    (CBS)
     
    Mr. van Munster’s Directorial Team:
    Associate Director: Dan Coffie
     
    This is Mr. van Munster’s tenth DGA Award nomination. He won in this category in 2007 for The Amazing Race, “Episode #1110” and was also nominated an additional seven times in this category for the The Amazing Race: in 2005 for “Episode #805,” in 2006 for “Episode #102,” in 2008 for “Episode #1303,” in 2009 for “Don’t Let A Cheese Hit Me,” in 2010 for “I Think We’re Fighting the Germans, Right?,” in 2011 for “You Don’t Get Paid Unless You Win?” and in 2013 for “Beards in the Wind.” He was also nominated with Directors Jack Cannon and Elise Doganieri in 2014 for The Quest, “One True Hero.”

  • Children's Programs

    Courtesy of Disney

    Kenny Ortega (WINNER)
    Descendants
    (Disney Channel)

     
    Mr. Ortega’s Directorial Team:
    First Assistant Director: Rachel Leiterman
    This is Mr. Ortega’s third DGA Award nomination. He previously won in this category in 2006 for High School Musical, and was nominated in this category in 2007 for High School Musical 2.

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    Paul Hoen
    Invisible Sister
    (Disney Channel) 

    Mr. Hoen’s Directorial Team:
    Unit Production Manager: Michael C. Cuddy
    First Assistant Director: Daniel Katzman
    Second Assistant Director: Seth W. Hansen
    Second Second Assistant Director: Brittney Diez
    This is Mr. Hoen’s eighth DGA Award nomination. He previously won in this category in 2012 for Let It Shine and in 2007 for Jump In. He was also nominated in this category in 2010 for Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam, in 2008 for Cheetah Girls: One World, in 2004 for Searching for David’s Heart, in 2000 for the Even Stevens episode “Take My Sister... Please,” and in 2014 for How to Build A Better Boy.

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    Joseph Mazzarino
    Sesame Street, “The Cookie Thief”
    (PBS)
     
    Mr. Mazzarino’s Directorial Team:
    First Assistant Director: Ken Diego
    Stage Managers: Theresa Anderson, Shawn Havens
    This is Mr. Mazzarino’s second DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in this category in 2014 for Sesame Street, “4504 Numericon.”

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    Amy Schatz
    Saving My Tomorrow, “Part 3”
    (HBO)
     
    This is Ms. Schatz’s tenth DGA Award nomination. She won in this category five times for An Apology to Elephants in 2013, A Child’s Garden of Poetry in 2011, Classical Baby (I’m Grown Up Now), “The Poetry Show” in 2008, ‘Twas the Night in 2001, and Goodnight Moon & Other Sleepy Time Tales in 1999. She was also nominated an additional four times in this category for Saving My Tomorrow, “Part 1 and 2” in 2014, Don’t Divorce Me! Kids’ Rules for Parents on Divorce in 2012, Hard Times for an American Girl: The Great Depression in 2009, and Through a Child’s Eyes: September 11, 2001 in 2002.

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    Sasie Sealy
    Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street, “Gortimer and the Vengeful Violinist”
    (Amazon)
     
    Ms. Sealy’s Directorial Team:
    Unit Production Manager: Richard G. King
    First Assistant Director: Otto Penzato
    Second Assistant Director: Lance W. Lanfear
    Second Second Assistant Director: Matt Baker        
     
    This is Ms. Sealy’s first DGA Award nomination.

  • Commercials

    Courtesy of Old Spice/YouTube

    Andreas Nilsson (WINNER)
    (Biscuit Filmworks)

     
    Emily’s Oz, Comcast – Goodby, Silverstein & Partners NY
     
    First Assistant Directors: Craig Owens, Eric Topp
    Second Assistant Director: Eric Topp
     
    Time Upon A Once, General Electric - BBDO
     
    Unit Production Manager: Vincent Landay
     
    Dad Song, Old Spice - Wieden + Kennedy
     
    This is Mr. Nilsson’s first DGA Award nomination.

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    Juan Cabral CABRAL
    (MJZ

    Monkeys, Ikea – Mother
     
    Freestyle, Lurpak - Wieden + Kennedy London
     
    This is Mr. Cabral’s first DGA Award nomination.

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    Mile Jay
    (Smuggler)
     
    It Can Wait, ESPN - ESPN Creative Works
     
    First Assistant Director: Scott Rorie
     
    This is Mr. Jay’s first DGA Award nomination.

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    Tom Kuntz
    (MJZ)
     
    So It Begins, Old Spice - Wieden + Kennedy Portland
     
    First Assistant Director: Thomas Smith
    Second Assistant Director: Robert Kay
     
    The Chase, Heineken - Wieden + Kennedy Amsterdam
     
    First Assistant Director: Steven Fernandez
     
    Revenge, Clash of Clans - Barton F. Graff
     
    First Assistant Directors: Peter Jackson, Kevin Burke
    Second Assistant Director: Kevin Burke
     
    This is Mr. Kuntz’s sixth DGA Award nomination. He previously won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Commercials for Eyebrows (Cadbury), Tips (Career Builder), Scents for Gents (Old Spice) and Tailor (Skittles) in 2009; and was previously nominated in this category in 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012.

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    Steve Rogers
    (Biscuit Filmworks)
     
    Ripple, Nike Golf - Wieden + Kennedy Portland
     
    Unit Production Manager: Vincent Landay
    First Assistant Director: David Dean
    Second Assistant Director: Blake Perkinson
    Second Second Assistant Director: Frank Horn
     
    Snow Day, Nike - Wieden + Kennedy Portland
     
    Unit Production Manager: James Veal
    First Assistant Director: Craig Owens
    Second Assistant Director: Eric Topp
    Second Second Assistant Directors: Rob Nia, Rob Topp, Rob Torres
     
    This is Mr. Rogers’s first DGA Award nomination.

  • Documentary

    'Cartel Land,' Courtesy of Sundance International Film Festival

    Matthew Heineman (WINNER)
    Cartel Land

    The Orchard
    A&E Indiefilms
    Our Time Projects
    The Documentary Group
    Whitewater Films
     
    This is Mr. Heineman’s first DGA Award nomination.

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    Jimmy Chin & Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
    Meru
    Music Box Films

    Itinerant Media
    Little Monster Films
     
    This is Mr. Chin’s first DGA Award nomination.
     
    This is Ms. Vasarhelyi’s first DGA Award nomination.

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    Liz Garbus
    What Happened, Miss Simone?
    Netflix Documentary
    RadicalMedia
    Moxie Firecracker
    This is Ms. Garbus’s first DGA Award nomination.

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    Alex Gibney
    Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
    HBO Documentary Films
    Sky Atlantic
    Jigsaw Productions
    This is Mr. Gibney’s third DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in this category in 2007 for Taxi to the Darkside and in 2010 for Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer.

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      Asif Kapadia

    Amy
    A24
    Cinetic
    Globe Productions
    On The Corner
     
    Mr. Kapadia’s Directorial Team:
    Production Manager: Raquel Alvarez
     
    This is Mr. Kapadia’s first DGA Award nomination.

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