January 28, 2012 8:26pm PT by Gregg Kilday
Directors Guild of America Awards 2012: Complete Winners List
Michel Hazanavicius was hailed as outstanding director of the year for The Artist at the 64th annual Directors Guild of America Awards, which were held Saturday night at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland. The win makes Artist, the silent movie that is storming its way through awards season, the prohibitive favorite to win the big prizes come Oscar night since there have only been six instances in the history of the DGA Awards when the guild's feature film winner has not gone on to win the Academy Award for best director.
Tom Hooper, last year's DGA winner, opened the envelop that revealed Hazanavicius' name, and Hooper went on last year to win the directing Oscar while The King's Speech was crowned best picture. "This is very moving and touching for me," Hazanavicius' said as he accepted the honor which follows victories for the Weinstein Co. release at the Producers Guild of America and the Golden Globes.
The other nominees for the feature directing award were Woody Allen for Midnight in Paris, David Fincher for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Alexander Payne for The Descendants and Martin Scorsese for Hugo.
Among the ceremony's television winners, Patty Jenkins earned the drama series award for directing the pilot of AMC's The Killing; Robert B. Weide took the comedy prize for the "Palestinian Chicken" episode of HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm; and John Cassar claimed movie-of-the-week/miniseries honors for Reelz Channel's The Kennedys. While Jenkins and Weide were first time recipients, Cassar received the dramatic TV series award in 2006 for an episode of 24.
As part of the evening, hosted by Kelsey Grammer, the DGA also honored several of its own: Ed Sherin will receive the 2012 Honorary Life Member Award; Katy Garretson will be presented with the 2012 Frank Capra Achievement Award; and Dennis Mazzocco will be recognized with the 2012 Franklin J. Schaffner Achievement Award.
DGA president Taylor Hackford kicked off the proceedings by asking everyone to stand and offer a toast to Gil Cates, the director and producer who died in October. Cates had served by as the guild's negotiations chairman during four rounds of contract talks and also as a DGA secretary/treasurer, and said Hackford, "there was no greater champion of our creative and economic rights."
Hackford also used the occasion to reiterate the guild's determination to fight Internet theft, despite the recent setback the industry experienced when two anti-piracy bills were tabled by Congress. He blamed "outright lies spread by Google and other technology companies whose business models are made all the more profitable if the work of the people in this room is stolen, made available on the Internet for free." He vowed that "we remain undeterred by last week's events, not only for those of you here tonight but also for future filmmakers who we hope will be winning DGA Awards in the years to come. Stay tuned."
Shifting to a lighter note, Grammer, who was chosen to host since he is a director as well as an actor and a producer, took over the role that Carl Reiner had played at 23 previously guild dinners. He immediately scored several jokes off last year's ceremony, a celebration of the DGA's 75th anniversary that ran long because of a program of short films celebrating the DGA's history. "Even James Cameron said it was too long," he cracked.
Rather than just show clips of its best feature nominees, the DGA first calls each nominee to the stage individually to accept a medallion.
Kathy Bates, who plays Gertrude Stein in Midnight in Paris, offered a tribute to Allen. The movie is the second of his films in which she has appeared -- she was also in 1991's Shadows and Fog. While she admitted Allen struck her as "a little neurotic" the first time she worked with him, this time around she found him "to be warm and personable and friendly -- for Woody."
While Allen wasn't present, but he did appear by videotape and had the room erupting in laughter as he explained he chose not to attend because he was afraid if he was forced to mingle, he wouldn't be able to hold up his end of a conversation."I'm the only guy who is short, who wears tweed clothing, who wears horn-rimmed glasses, who is Jewish, but is not smart," he protested.
Artist costars Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo also charmed the crowd as they worked their way through a bit of a comic routine in which Bejo recounted the first time she auditioned for Hazanavicius, who would eventually become her husband, while Dujardin pretended to be her agent. They did air one complaint about the director, saying that after the tenth take of the movie's tap dance routine, Hazanavicius simply told them, "Pretty good, but could you smile more."
George Clooney was on hand to introduce Payne and The Descendants. He also chose to take a comic route, offering up mock oratory, in which he hailed "the greatest of all the Greek gods -- Alexander Uranus Payne!" That allowed him to set up the punchline: "On a night when only one god can reign supreme, this is my final plea: Pick Uranus!"
Accepting his medallion, Payne offered a touching remembrance of the Czech director Jiri Weiss, who had befriended him when he, at age 23, was just launching his career. Describing how relationships can took root between older and younger directors, Payne explained, "One envies his counterpart's wisdom, while the other his counterpart's youth. From opposite sides of their careers, both are haunted by the films they'll never make."
Ben Kingsley, who plays the director George Melies in Hugo, did the honors when it was time to celebrate Scorsese's nomination. And as he made his way to the stage, Scorsese was given a standing ovation. Scorsese, in turn, described how Kingsley brought Melies so convincingly to life that when Melies' granddaughter visited the set, although she had never known her grandfather, she looked at the actor and the two "embraced in tears."
The DGA Awards winners and nominees are:
OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN FEATURE FILM
*WINNER Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Unit Production Manager: Antoine De Cazotte
Production Manager (FR): Segolene Fleury
First Assistant Director (FR): James Canal
First Assistant Director (US): David Cluck
Second Assistant Director (US): Dave Paige
Second Second Assistant Directors: Karla Strum, Ricky Robinson
Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
David Fincher, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Alexander Payne, The Descendants
Martin Scorsese, Hugo
MOVIES FOR TELEVISION AND MINI-SERIES
*WINNER Jon Cassar, The Kennedys (Reelz Channel)
Jeff Bleckner, Hallmark Hall of Fame, Beyond The Blackboard (CBS)
Stephen Gyllenhaal, Girl Fight (Lifetime)
Demi Moore, Jennifer Aniston, Penelope Spheeris, Alicia Keys, Patty Jenkins Five (Lifetime)
Michael Stevens, Thurgood (HBO)
*WINNER Patty Jenkins, The Killing, “Pilot” (AMC)
Michael Cuesta, Homeland, “Pilot” (Showtime)
Vince Gilligan, Breaking Bad, “Face Off” (AMC)
Tim Van Patten, Game of Thrones, “Winter is Coming” (Pilot) (HBO)
Michael Waxman, Friday Night Lights, “Always” (NBC)
*WINNER Robert B. Weide, Curb Your Enthusiasm, “Palestinian Chicken” (HBO)
Associate Directors: Dale Stern, Tim Gibbon
State Managers: Jonathan Harris, Jerri Churchill, Dana Jackson
Fred Savage, Modern Family, “After the Fire” (ABC)
Don Scardino, 30 Rock, “Double-Edged Sword” (NBC)
Michael Spiller, Modern Family, “Express Christmas” (ABC)
David Steinberg, Curb Your Enthusiasm, “The Divorce” (HBO)
*WINNER Glenn Weiss, 65th Annual Tony Awards (CBS)
Associate Directors: Ken Diego, Robin Abrams, Debra Gelman, Ricky Kirshner
Stage Managers: Garry Hood, Peter Epstein, Andrew Feigin, Lynn Finkel, Doug Fogel, Jeffrey Gitter, Phyllis Diglio-Kent, Arthur Lewis, Jeff Markowitz, Joey Meade, Tony Mirante, Cyndi Owgang, Jeff Pearl, Elise Reaves, Lauren Class Schneider, Annette Powlis
Louis J. Horvitz, The Kennedy Center Honors (CBS)
Don Roy King, Saturday Night Live With Host Justin Timberlake (NBC)
Don Mischer, 83rd Annual Academy Awards (ABC)
Chuck O'Neil, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Comedy Central)
*WINNER Neil P. Degroot, Biggest Loser, “Episode #1115” (NBC)
Associate Director: Andy Nelson
Eytan Keller, The Next Iron Chef: Super Chefs, “Next Iron Chef Episode” (Food Network)
Brian Smith, Master Chef, “Episode #201” (FOX)
J. Rupert Thompson, Fear Factor 2.0, “Scorpion Tales” (NBC)
Bertram Van Munster, The Amazing Race, “You Don’t Get Paid Unless You Win?” (CBS)
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN DOCUMENTARY FILM
*WINNER James Marsh, Project Nim
Joe Berlinger & Bruce Sinofsky, Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory
Steve James,The Interrupters
Richard Press, Bill Cunningham New York
Martin Scorsese, George Harrison: Living in the Material World
* WINNER Noam Murro (Biscuit Filmworks)
Handle Bar Moustache, Heineken Premium Light- Wieden & Kennedy/NY
· Unit Production Manager: James Powell Veal
· First Assistant Director: Tommy Gormley
· Second Assistant Director: Ian Robert Calip
· Second Second Assistant Director: Michael King
Hot House, DirecTV – Grey/NY
· Unit Production Manager: James Powell Veal
· First Assistant Director: Scott C. Harris
· Second Assistant Director: Mark R. Robinson
· Second Second Assistant Director: Brady Sloan
Pinata, Volkswagen Tiguan – Deutsch/LA
· Unit Production Manager: James Powell Veal
· First Assistant Director: Scott M. Metcalfe
· Second Assistant Director: Ty Arnold
Is It Real?, EA Battlefield 3 - Wieden & Kennedy/Portland
· First Assistant Director: Michael David Salven
· Second Assistant Director: Erv E. Gentry
· Second Second Assistant Director: Eric Schneider
Lance Acord (Park Pictures)
The Force, VW Passat – Deutsch LA
Paint the Town, NIKE Basketball – Wieden & Kennedy/Portland
Sweetest Moment, NBA – Goodby, Silverstein & Partners
The Chosen, NIKE - 72andSunny
Dante Ariola (MJZ)
Parallels, Jim Beam – Strawberry Frog
Black Betty, Volkswagen – Deutsch/LA
Gas Powered Everything, Nissan Leafe -- TBWA Chiat Day
Fredrik Bond (MJZ)
Date, Heineken - Wieden & Kennedy/Amsterdam
The Entrance, Heineken - Wieden & Kennedy/Amsterdam
Steve Miller (@radical.media)
Pommel Horse, Dos Equis – Euro RSCG Worldwide/NY
Speed Dating, Dos Equis - Euro RSCG Worldwide/NY
Pygmy, Dos Equis – Euro RSCG Worldwide/NY
Guinea Pigs, Geico – Martin Agency
Sushi, Geico – Martin Agency
Fort, Cheetos – Goodby Silverstein and Partners
Parking Lot, Ortega – Grey Worldwide
*WINNER William Ludel, General Hospital, “Intervention” (ABC)
Associate Directors: Christin Magarian Ucar, Denise Van Cleave, Penny Pengra, Peter Fillmore, RC Cates, David MacLeod
Stage Managers: Craig McManus, Crystal Craft
Production Associates: Christine Cooper, Andrea Compton
Larry Carpenter, One Life to Live, “Episode #10917” (ABC)
Casey Childs, All My Children, “Episode #10712” (ABC)
Mike Denney, The Young and the Restless, “Episode #9710” (CBS)
Scott McKinsey, General Hospital, “Episode #12364” (ABC)
Cynthia J. Popp, The Bold and the Beautiful, “Episode #6057” (CBS)
Angela Tessinari, All My Children, “Episode #10704” (ABC)
*WINNER Amy Schatz, A Child’s Garden of Poetry (HBO)
John Fortenberry, Fred 2: Night of the Living Fred (Nickelodeon)
Jeffrey Hornaday, Geek Charming (Disney Channel)
Michael Lembeck, Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure (Disney Channel)
Patricia Riggen, Lemonade Mouth (Disney Channel)
Damon Santostefano, Best Player (Nickelodeon)