'Boardwalk Empire's' Martin Scorsese Among Directors Nominated for DGA TV Award

 Craig Blankenhorn

The Directors Guild announced its nominees for outstanding directorial achievement in television and commercials for the year 2010 Tuesday.

“Whether it’s a 30-second commercial or a multi-part miniseries, television directors are crucial to the success of any television project.” said DGA president Taylor Hackford. “As the DGA celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, we salute the critical role of the director in TV and are proud to honor the tremendous range of excellence found in the projects nominated today.”

HBO's The Pacific nearly swept the outstanding directorial achievement in movies for television and miniseries category. Earning nominations: Barry Levinson, of HBO's You Don't Know JackDavid Nutter for HBO's The Pacific, "Basilone," Jeremy Podeswa for The Pacific, "Home," Tim Van Patten for The Pacific, "Okinawa." Rounding out the group, Mick Jackson received his fourth DGA nomination for HBO's Temple Grandin.

For dramatic series: Jack Bender for Lost "The End, Part 1&2," Allen Coulter for Boardwalk Empire "Paris Green," Frank Darabont for The Walking Dead, "Days Gone By,"  Jennifer Getzinger for Mad Men, "The Suitcase," and Martin Scorsese for Boardwalk Empire, "Boardwalk Empire."

Modern Family's Steve Levitan and Michael Spiller nabbed their first noms in the comedy series category for his "Hawaii" episode. Also named: Beth McCarthy Miller for 30 Rock's "Live Show,"  Ryan Murphy for Glee's "The Power of Madonna," David Nutter for Entourage's "Lose Yourself" and Michael Spiller for
Modern Family's, “Halloween."

For musical variety: Don Roy King from the Saturday Night Live with Betty White episode (NBC), Linda Mendoza for Paul McCartney: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song in Performance at The White House (PBS), John Moffitt for Bill Maher's "….But I'm Not Wrong," (HBO), Chuck O'Neil for Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear (Comedy Central), Glenn Weiss for the 64th Annual Tony Awards (CBS).
 
The Hills, which ended on MTV after six years, earned Hisham Abed his first DGA nomination. Also named: Eytan Keller (Food Network's The Next Iron Chef, “Episode #301”), Bryan O'Donnell (Food Network's Private Chefs of Beverly Hills: Challah Back), Brian Smith (Fox's Master Chef, “Episode #103”) and Bertram Van Munster (CBS' The Amazing Race, “I Think We’re Fighting the Germans, Right?”)
 
Larry Carpenter nabbed his seventh nomination in the daytime serials category with ABC's One Life to Live. Sally McDonald (CBS' The Young and the Restless), Jill Mitwell (ABC's One Life to Live), Owen Renfroe (ABC's General Hospital) and Michael Sitch (CBS' The Bold and the Beautiful) rounded out the category.

The Disney channel dominated the children's programs category, earning three out of six slots, including Stuart Gillard, for Avalon High, Michael Grossman for Starstruck and Paul Hoen for Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam. Douglas Barr was named for NBC's Secret of the Mountain, Eric Bross for Nickelodeon's The Boy Who Cried Wolf and Mikael Salomon for Cartoon Network's Unnatural History: Pilot.

For commercial nominees: Frank Budgen (Gorgeous Enterprises - Sony Brava, Honda), Craig Gillespie (MJZ - Cars.com, Snickers, Career Builders), Tim Godsall (Biscuit Filmworks - DirecTV, Hyundai, HBO), Tom Kuntz (MJZ - Old Spice Man), and Stacy Wall (Imperial Woodpecker - Nike).

The winners will be announced at the 63rd DGA awards dinner on January 29 at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Los Angeles.

See the entire list, after the jump, and look back on who was nominated in film.

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