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Kathryn Bigelow wins DGA Award

'Hurt Locker' helmer is the first woman to win top prize

In a historic win, Kathryn Bigelow and her tense Iraq War drama "The Hurt Locker" from Summit Entertainment copped the DGA Award for best-directed feature film Saturday.

The win drew cheers from a packed ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, where throughout the night it was clear many were pulling for Bigelow to deliver a dramatic victory for female filmmakers. The DGA feature film win was a first-ever by a woman.

"This is the most incredible moment of my life," Bigelow said.

 

Bigelow overcame competition including Fox-distributed "Avatar," directed by her ex-husband James Cameron; Lee Daniels and "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire" from Lionsgate; Jason Reitman and "Up in the Air" from Paramount; and Quentin Tarantino and "Inglourious Basterds" from the Weinstein Co.

The DGA's feature-film award is one of the best gauges of likely success in Oscar's best-director category. The Academy Award for directing has gone to someone other than the DGA winner only six times since the guild launched its awards in 1948, most recently in 2002 when Roman Polanski copped the Oscar for "The Pianist" and the DGA crowned Rob Marshall for "Chicago."

The DGA win for "The Hurt Locker" follows its selection by the PGA Awards -- another reliable barometer of Oscar success -- as the producers' best feature film. Academy Award nominations will be announced Tuesday.

"This is amazing," a clearly moved Bigelow said in accepting the DGA laurels. "I am so deeply stunned and honored and proud.
 

She accepted the "unimaginable honor" on behalf of the "men and women in the field" in the Iraq military zone.

In accepting nomination plaques, all of the nominated feature directors stressed their admiration for one another's work in a night filled with heartfelt tributes to filmmaking greats present and past. Carl Reiner emceed the DGA Awards gala for a 22nd time, while DGA president Taylor Hackford presided over his first ceremony since taking office six months ago.

Louie Psihoyos' dolphins-slaughter documentary "The Cove" from Roadside Attractions won in the DGA's doc category.

"The documentary people are always jealous of the feature film people, because you have so much money," Psihoyos cracked while holding his award aloft. "This is going to be on eBay tonight."

Ross Katz's telefilm "Taking Chance" -- an HBO military drama starring Kevin Bacon -- was honored in the category of movies for television/miniseries.

A complete list of winners can be found on the next page.


DIRECTORS GUILD OF AMERICA AWARD WINNERS

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN FEATURE FILM
KATHRYN BIGELOW, "The Hurt Locker" (Summit Entertainment)
Unit Production Manager: Tony Mark
First Assistant Director: David Ticotin
First Assistant Director (Canadian Unit): Lee Cleary

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN MOVIES FOR TELEVISION/MINISERIES
ROSS KATZ, "Taking Chance", (HBO)
Unit Production Manager: Lori Keith Douglas
First Assistant Director: Robert C. Albertell
Second Assistant Director: Vanessa Hoffman
Assistant Unit Production Manager: Carla Raij
Second Second Assistant Director: Brendan Walsh


OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN DOCUMENTARY
LOUIE PSIHOYOS, "The Cove" (Oceanic Preservation Society and Roadside Attractions)

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMATIC SERIES NIGHT
LESLI LINKA GLATTER, "Mad Men" - "Guy Walks Into an Advertising Agency" (AMC)
Unit Production Manager: Dwayne Shattuck
First Assistant Director: Adam Ben Frank
Second Assistant Director: Jessica L. Lowrey
Second Second Assistant Director: Elion S. Olson

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN COMEDY SERIES
JASON WINER, "Modern Family" - "Pilot" (ABC)
Unit Production Manager: Howard Griffith
First Assistant Director: Lisa Statman
Second Assistant Director: Helena Lamb
Second Second Assistant Director: Shannon Speaker


OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSICAL VARIETY
DON MISCHER, "We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial" (HBO)
Associate Directors: Gregg M. Gelfand, Lori Margules
Stage Managers: Arthur E. Lewis, Dency L. Nelson, Douglas P. Smith, Tammy Raab, Douglas M. Fogel, Jeffrey Pearl, Lauren Schneider, Karen T. Weiss, Chris Hines, Elise Reaves

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN REALITY PROGRAMS
CRAIG BORDERS, "Build It Bigger, Season 3" - "Hong Kong Bridge" (Discovery Science)

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN DAYTIME SERIALS
CHRISTOPHER GOUTMAN, "As the World Turns" - "Once Upon A Time" (CBS)
Associate Directors: Michael Kerner, Carol Sedwick
Stage Managers: Nancy Barron, Jennifer Blood
Production Associates: Brett Hellman, Alexandra Verner Roalsvig, Jared Lynch

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN COMMERCIALS
TOM KUNTZ, "Eyebrows, Cadbury" - Fallon London (MJZ UK)
First Assistant Director: Barry W. Wasserman
"Tailor, Skittles" - TBWA/Chiat Day
"Scents For Gents, Old Spice" - TBWA/Chiat Day
"Tips, Career Builder" - Wieden & Kennedy
First Assistant Director: Thomas P. Smith
Second Assistant Director: Kate Greenberg


OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS
ALLISON LIDDI-BROWN, "Princess Protection Program" (Disney Channel)
Unit Production Manager: Carlos Anibal Vazquez
First Assistant Director: Jose Gilberto Molinari-Rosaly
Second Assistant Director: Colleen Comer

2009 DGA SERVICE AND CAREER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD RECIPIENTS
NORMAN JEWISON - DGA Lifetime Achievement Award for distinguished achievement in Motion Picture Direction

ROBERT A. IGER, President and CEO of The Walt Disney Company - DGA Honorary Life Member Award, given in recognition of outstanding creative achievement, leadership in the industry, contribution to the DGA or to the profession of directing

BARRY M. MEYER, Chairman and CEO of Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. - DGA Honorary Life Member Award, given in recognition of outstanding creative achievement, leadership in the industry, contribution to the DGA or to the profession of directing

ROGER GOODMAN received the DGA's 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award in News Direction for distinguished achievement.

CLEVE LANDSBERG received the 2010 Frank Capra Achievement Award, which is given to an Assistant Director or Unit Production Manager in recognition of career achievement in the industry and service to the Directors Guild of America.

MARIA JIMENEZ HENLEY received the 2010 Franklin J. Schaffner Achievement Award, which is given to an Associate Director or Stage Manager in recognition of career achievement in the industry and service to the Directors Guild of America.