DGA Awards: Guillermo del Toro and 'The Shape of Water' Take Best Film Prize

7:00 PM 2/3/2018

by Gregg Kilday

Jordan Peele was honored as best first-time feature director for 'Get Out.'

Guillermo del Toro at the 2018 DGA Awards
Guillermo del Toro at the 2018 DGA Awards
Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images for DGA

Guillermo del Toro was hailed for outstanding directorial achievement in feature film by the Directors Guild of America at its 70th annual DGA Awards, which took place Saturday night at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, for his work on The Shape of Water, his romantic fantasy, which, having also earned the Producers Guild of America’s top prize last month, consolidated its status as an Oscar frontrunner.

The DGA Award for film directing is considered an important Oscar precursor, since, on all but seven occasions since its inception, the award’s recipient also has gone on to win the Oscar as best director.

In accepting the award, del Toro, acknowledging that his film about a mute woman who falls in love with a mysterious sea creature doesn’t fit the usual awards-season mold, thanked his fellow directors for “allowing us as a genre to come into the conversation,” and, given that his movie tells of a group of society’s outsiders who band together, he made a plea for inclusion of more and different voices onscreen, saying, “We are not hearing all the stories that need to be heard.”  

Jordan Peele’s Get Out, another genre movie, one that uses horror movie tropes to explore racial fears, was also recognized by the DGA, which presented Peele with its award for outstanding first-time feature film directing. Admitting that while he has enjoyed great success this year, “this is not a good year for this country,” he testified, “I truly believe these stories that we make and these things we put out into the world, these stories of our love and passion, are the greatest weapons against the hate and the bigotry.”

Glenn Weiss, a veteran director of live events, won his eighth DGA Award as, in the category of variety/talk/news/sports – specials, he was lauded for his quick handling of the chaos that erupted at the 89th Academy Awards when the wrong winner of that night’s best picture award was announced.

“Something happened we didn’t plan,” Weiss deadpanned as he accepted his trophy. He explained that when he realized there’d been a massive error, a director’s natural instinct would have been to order his cameras “to come out, go wide and cover up.” Instead, he said, “we had to be transparent,” and so he instructed the cameras to zoom in on a shot of the envelope’s card containing the word of the actual winner, Moonlight. “I was obsessed with getting a shot of that card,” Weiss said.

The DGA's documentary award went to Matthew Heineman for City of Ghosts, which chronicles the courageous citizen-journalists who secreted out word about life in Raqqa, Syria, when it was under ISIS rule.

In the television categories, top honors were handed out to cinematographer-turned-director Reed Morano in the dramatic series category for the “Offred” episode of The Handmaid’s Tale; to Beth McCarthy-Miller, in the comedy series category, for the “Chicklet” episode of Veep; and to Jean-Marc Valle, in the miniseries category, for the awards-season juggernaut Big Little Lies.

Current DGA president Thomas Schlamme and former national executive director Jay Roth paid tribute to both the career and guild activism of Michael Apted, a three-term PGA president, who was presented with the DGA Honorary Life Member Award in recognition of leadership in the industry, contribution to the guild and the profession of directing, and outstanding career achievement. In addition, Dwight Williams received the Frank Capra Achievement Award and Jim Tanker received the Franklin J. Schaffner Achievement Award, both in recognition of career achievement in the industry and service to the guild.

The evening was hosted by writer, director and producer Judd Apatow, who joked that when the guild went searching for a host, “They wanted someone who would not get in trouble before the event,” and so they asked, “Who’s the least sexy guy?” He got off a few shots against the disgraced Harvey Weinstein — “He seemed to really ruin robes!” — and others accused of being sexual predators. But Apatow reserved most of his comic bits for a series of filmed Skype interviews with his fellow helmers like J.J. Abrams and Martin Scorsese, in which, playing the dumb guy, he quizzed them about the basics of film directing with questions like “What’s an f-stop?” as, playing along, they collectively rolled their eyes.

A full list of winners follows.

  • Feature Film

    Courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures

    Guillermo del Toro (WINNER)
    The Shape of Water
    (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
    Mr. del Toro's Directorial Team:
    ·
    Unit Production Manager: J. Miles Dale
    · Production Manager: Dennis Chapman
    · First Assistant Director: Pierre Henry
    · Second Assistant Director: Tyler Delben
    · This is Mr. del Toro's first DGA Award nomination

     
    Greta Gerwig
    Lady Bird
    (A24)
    Ms. Gerwig's Directorial Team:
    ·
    Unit Production Managers: Lila Yacoub, Danielle Blumstein, Jamin O’Brien (New York Crew)
    · First Assistant Directors: Jonas Spaccarotelli, Cedric Vara (New York Crew)
    · Second Assistant Director: Brendan Lee, Dana Zolli (New York Crew)
    · Second Second Assistant Directors: Lillian Awa, Teri Barber
    · This is Ms. Gerwig's first DGA Award nomination.
     
    Martin McDonagh
    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
    (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
    Mr. McDonagh's Directorial Team:
    ·
    Unit Production Manager: Bergen Swanson
    · Assistant Unit Production Manager: Peggy Robinson
    · First Assistant Director: Peter Kohn
    · Second Assistant Director: Paula Case
    · Second Second Assistant Director: Spencer Taylor
    This is Mr. McDonagh's first DGA Award nomination.
     
    Christopher Nolan
    Dunkirk
    (Warner Bros.)
    Mr. Nolan's Directorial Team:
    ·
    Unit Production Managers: David Witz, Christine Raspillere (France Unit), Chris Brock (UK Unit), Nicky Tüske (Netherlands Unit)
    · First Assistant Directors: Nilo Otero, William Pruss (France Unit), Willem Quarles van Ufford (Netherlands Unit)
    · Second Assistant Director: Eric Lasko, Nicolas Baldino (France Unit), Alexis Chelli (France Unit), Clément Comet (France Unit)
    · Second Second Assistant Director: Alina Gatti
    This is Mr. Nolan’s fourth DGA Feature Film Award nomination. He was previously nominated for Inception in 2010, for The Dark Knight in 2008, and for Memento in 2001.
     
    Jordan Peele
    Get Out
    (Universal Pictures)
    Mr. Peele's Directorial Team:
    · Unit Production Managers: Marcei A. Brown, Rick A. Osako (Fairhope Unit)
    · First Assistant Director: Gerard DiNardi
    · Second Assistant Directors: Ram Paul Silbey, Marc Newland (Fairhope Unit), Jack McKenna (New York Unit)
    · Second Second Assistant Director: Maggie Ballard
    · Location Manager: Kurt Enger (New York Unit)
    This is one of two DGA Award nominations this year for Mr. Peele. He is also nominated in the First-Time Feature Film category for Get Out.

  • Dramatic Series

    George Kraychyk/Hulu

    Reed Morano (WINNER)
    The Handmaid's Tale, “Offred”
    (Hulu)
    Ms. Morano's Directorial Team:
    · Unit Production Manager: Joe Boccia
    This is Ms. Morano's first DGA Award nomination.

    The Duffer Brothers
    Stranger Things, “Chapter Nine: The Gate”
    (Netflix)
    The Duffer Brothers' Directorial Team:
    · Unit Production Manager: Timothy Lonsdale
    · First Assistant Director: Richard Denault
    · Second Assistant Director: John R. Bonaccorse
    · Second Second Assistant Directors: David Champion, Robert S. Hoffman
    · Additional Second Assistant Directors: Clayton Thompson, Tyler Smith
    This is Mr. Matt Duffer's and Mr. Ross Duffer's second DGA Award nomination. They were previously nominated in this same category in 2016 for Stranger Things, “Chapter One: The Vanishing of Will Byers.”

    Jeremy Podeswa
    Game of Thrones, “The Dragon and the Wolf” (HBO)
    This is Mr. Podeswa's second DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in the Movies for Television and Mini-Series category in 2010 for The Pacific, “Home.”

    Matt Shakman
    Game of Thrones, “The Spoils of War”
    (HBO)
    This is Mr. Shakman's first DGA Award nomination.

    Alan Taylor
    Game of Thrones, “Beyond the Wall”
    (HBO)
    Mr. Taylor's Directorial Team:
    · First Assistant Director: Toby Ford
    This is Mr. Taylor's third DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in this same category in 2008 for Mad Men, “The Mountain King.” He won the DGA Award in this category in 2007 for his Mad Men pilot “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes.”

  • Movies for Television and Miniseries

    Courtesy of HBO

    Jean‑Marc Vallee (WINNER)
    Big Little Lies (HBO)
    Mr. Vallee's Directorial Team:
    · Unit Production Managers: Barbara A. Hall, G.D. Fienberg
    · First Assistant Director: David Ticotin
    · Second Assistant Director: Christine Danahy
    · Second Second Assistant Director: Bob Riley
    · Additional Second Assistant Directors: Bryan Landrine, Rob Burgess, Allison Rushton, Mallory Squeo
    This is Mr. Vallee's first DGA Award nomination.

    Scott Frank
    Godless (Netflix)
    Mr. Frank's Directorial Team:
    · Unit Production Managers: Alton Walpole, Michael Malone
    · First Assistant Directors: Aldric La'auli Porter, Eric Henriquez
    · Second Assistant Directors: Eric Glasser, Kevin O'Neil
    · Second Second Assistant Directors: Jai James, C.J. Neels, Ronan O'Connor
    · Additional Second Assistant Directors: Kathryn Olguin, Jessica Richey, Joe Bufalino
    This is Mr. Frank's first DGA Award nomination.

    Barry Levinson
    The Wizard of Lies (HBO)
    Mr. Levinson's Directorial Team:
    · Unit Production Managers: Amy Herman, Joseph E. Iberti
    · First Assistant Director: Michele Ziegler
    · Second Assistant Director: Xanthus Valan
    · Second Second Assistant Director: Jakub Porembski
    · Location Manager: Andrew D. Cooke
    This is Mr. Levinson's sixth DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in this same category in 2010 for You Don't Know Jack. He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film in 1988 for Rain Man, and was previously nominated in that category in 1990 for Avalon and in 1991 for Bugsy. He was also nominated in the Dramatic Series category in 1993 for his Homicide: Life on the Street episode “Gone for Goode.”

    Kyra Sedgwick
    Story of a Girl (Lifetime)
    This is Ms. Sedgwick's first DGA Award nomination.

    George C. Wolfe
    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (HBO)
    Mr. Wolfe's Directorial Team:
    · Unit Production Managers: Kathryn Dean, Patricia Doherty Hess
    · First Assistant Director: Chris Surgent
    · Second Assistant Director: Takahide Kawakami
    · Second Second Assistant Director: Kevin Breen
    This is Mr. Wolfe's second DGA Award nomination. He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Mini‑Series in 2005 for Lackawanna Blues (in a tie with Joseph Sargent for Warm Springs).

  • Comedy Series

    Courtesy of HBO

    Beth McCarthy-Miller (WINNER)
    Veep, “Chicklet”
    (HBO)
    Ms. McCarthy‑Miller's Directorial Team:
    · Unit Production Manager: David Hyman
    · First Assistant Director: Dale Stern
    · Second Assistant Director: Jeff Rosenberg
    · Second Second Assistant Director: Yarden Levo
    · Additional Second Assistant Director: Chalis Romero
    This is Ms. McCarthy-Miller's twelfth 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. She was also nominated in 2015 in the Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Specials category for Adele Live in New York City.

    Aziz Ansari
    Master of None, “The Thief”
    (Netflix)
    Mr. Ansari's Directorial Team:
    · Unit Production Managers: Gwen Bialic, Igor Srubshchik
    · First Assistant Director: Christo Morse
    · Second Assistant Director: Ellen Parnett
    This is Mr. Ansari's first DGA Award nomination.

    Mike Judge
    Silicon Valley, “Server Error”
    (HBO)
    Mr. Judge's Directorial Team:
    · Unit Production Manager: Tyler Romary
    · First Assistant Director: Nick Mastandrea
    · Second Assistant Director: Heather Wagner‑Wang
    · Second Second Assistant Director: Chris Riddle
    · Additional Second Assistant Director: Gordon Freeman
    This is Mr. Judge's fourth DGA Award nomination – all in this category for episodes of Silicon Valley. He was previously nominated in 2016 for “Founder Friendly,” in 2015 for “Binding Arbitration” and in 2014 for “Minimum Viable Product.”

    Melina Matsoukas
    Master of None, “Thanksgiving”
    (Netflix)
    Ms. Matsoukas's Directorial Team:
    · Unit Production Managers: Gwen Bialic, Igor Srubshchik
    · First Assistant Director: Christo Morse
    · Second Assistant Director: Ellen Parnett
    · Second Second Assistant Director: Dustin Bewley
    · Location Manager: Julie Sage
    This is Ms. Matsoukas's first DGA Award nomination.

    Amy Sherman-Palladino
    The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
    (Amazon)
    Ms. Sherman‑Palladino's Directorial Team:
    · Unit Production Managers: Frank Covino, Dhana Rivera Gilbert
    · First Assistant Director: Mariela Comitini
    · Second Assistant Director: Soren Miltich
    · Second Second Assistant Director: Kyle Burstein
    · Location Manager: Michael Buonanno
    This is Ms. Sherman‑Palladino's first DGA Award nomination.

  • First-Time Feature Film

    Justin Lubin/Universal Pictures

    Jordan Peele (WINNER)
    Get Out
    (Universal Pictures)
    Mr. Peele's Directorial Team:
    · Unit Production Managers: Marcei A. Brown, Rick A. Osako (Fairhope Unit)
    · First Assistant Director: Gerard DiNardi
    · Second Assistant Directors: Ram Paul Silbey, Marc Newland (Fairhope Unit), Jack McKenna (New York Unit)
    · Second Second Assistant Director: Maggie Ballard
    · Location Manager: Kurt Enger (New York Unit)
    This is one of two DGA Award nominations this year for Mr. Peele. He is also nominated in the Feature Film category for Get Out.

    Geremy Jasper

    Patti Cake$
    (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
    Mr. Jasper’s Directorial Team:
    · Unit Production Manager: Sara Blechman
    · First Assistant Director: Inna Braude
    · Second Assistant Director: Natasha Rivera
    · Second Second Assistant Director: Lucas Isabella
    · Additional Second Second Assistant Director: Alice Johnson
    This is Mr. Jasper’s first DGA Award nomination.
     
    William Oldroyd
    Lady Macbeth
    (Roadside Attractions)
    Mr. Oldroyd's Directorial Team:
    · Production Manager: Robert K. Harm
    · Unit Manager: Eugene Galbrath
    · First Assistant Director: George Every
    · Second Assistant Director: Richard Stanley Jan Harris
    This is Mr. Oldroyd's first DGA Award nomination.
     
    Taylor Sheridan
    Wind River
    (Acacia Entertainment)
    Mr. Sheridan's Directorial Team:
    ·
    Unit Production Manager: Christopher H. Warner
    · First Assistant Director: Nicholas Harvard
    · Second Assistant Director: Jason Altieri
    · Second Second Assistant Director: Kristina Massie
    This is Mr. Sheridan's first DGA Award nomination.
     
    Aaron Sorkin
    Molly's Game
    (STX Entertainment)
    Mr. Sorkin's Directorial Team:
    ·
    Unit Production Managers: Lyn Lucibello-Brancatella, Stuart M. Besser, Michael Beugg (Los Angeles Unit)
    · Assistant Unit Production Manager: Bart Lipton (Los Angeles Unit)
    · First Assistant Director: Walter Gasparovic
    · Second Assistant Directors: Penny Charter, Travis Rehwaldt (New York Unit), Paula Case (Los Angeles Unit)
    · Second Second Assistant Directors: Conor Griff (New York Unit), Drew Ritson (New York Unit), Bryan Snodgrass (Los Angeles Unit)
    · Location Manager: Dena Ghieth (New York Unit)
    This is Mr. Sorkin's first DGA Award nomination.

  • Documentary

    Courtesy of Sundance

    Matthew Heineman (WINNER)
    City of Ghosts
    (Amazon Studios)
    This is Mr. Heineman's second DGA Award nomination. He won in this category in 2015 for Cartel Land

    Ken Burns and Lynn Novick
    The Vietnam War
    (PBS)
    This is Mr. Burns' and Ms. Novick's second DGA Award nomination. They were previously nominated in this category in 2007 for The War.

    Bryan Fogel
    Icarus
    (Netflix)
    This is Mr. Fogel's first DGA Award nomination.

    Steve James
    Abacus: Small Enough to Jail
    (PBS)
    This is Mr. James' fourth DGA Award nomination. He won in this category in 1994 for Hoop Dreams, and was also nominated in this category in 2008 and 2011 for At The Death House Door and Frontline: The Interrupters.

    Errol Morris
    Wormwood
    (Netflix)
    Mr. Morris's Directorial Team:
    ·      Unit Production Manager: Caroline Baron
    ·      Assistant Unit Production Manager: Sean Fogel
    ·      Stage Managers: Kamen Velkovsky, Keith Marlin
    ·      Location Manager: David Velasco
    This is Mr. Morris' fourth DGA Award nomination. He was nominated in this category in 1999 for Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred Leuchter, Jr. and in 2003 for The Fog of War, and was also nominated in the Commercials category in 2003.

  • Reality Programs

    Fox Network/Photofest

    Brian Smith (WINNER)
    MasterChef, “Vegas Deluxe & Oyster Shucks”
    (Fox)
    Mr. Smith's Directorial Team:
    · Associate Director: Anna Moulaison
    · Stage Managers: Drew Lewandowski, Brady Hess
    This is Mr. Smith's fifth DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in this category for MasterChef in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 – and in 2016 for S.T.R.O.N.G.

    Hisham Abed
    Encore!, “Pilot”
    (ABC)
    This is Mr. Abed's second DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in this category for The Hills.

    John Gonzalez
    Live PD, “Episode 50”
    (A&E)
    Mr. Gonzalez's Directorial Team:
    · Associate Director: Janine Devito
    · Stage Manager: Jeff Buda
    This is Mr. Gonzalez's second DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in this category in 2016 for Live PD.

    Adam Vetri
    Dare to Live, “Chainsmokers”
    (MTV)
    Mr. Vetri's Directorial Team:
    · Associate Director: Ian Blankenship
    This is Mr. Vetri's third DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in this category in 2014, and won in 2015, for Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge.

    Kent Weed
    Spartan: The Ultimate Team Challenge, “Season Premiere”
    (NBC)
    Mr. Weed's Directorial Team:
    · Associate Director: Ben Simms
    · Stage Manager: Dave Massey
    This is Mr. Weed's second DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in this category in 2008 for I Survived a Japanese Game Show.

  • Variety/Talk/News/Sports (Regularly Scheduled Programming)

    Screengrab/Saturday Night Live

    Don Roy King (WINNER)
    Saturday Night Live, “Host: Jimmy Fallon”
    (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 twelfth DGA Award nomination. He previously won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in this category for Saturday Night Live, “Host: Dave Chappelle” in 2016, and for Saturday Night Live, “Host: Justin Timberlake” in 2013. Mr. King also won the DGA Award for Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Specials for Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special in 2015. He was previously nominated for Saturday Night Live episodes in 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014, and in 2015 in the Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Regularly Scheduled Programming category for the Saturday Night Live episode “Host: Tracy Morgan/Musical Guest: Demi Lovato."

    Andre Allen
    Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, “#2061”
    (TBS)
    Mr. Allen's Directorial Team:
    • Associate Directors: Jeremy Hardwick, Pat King
    • Stage Manager: Laura Mack
    This is Mr. Allen's first DGA Award nomination.

    Paul G. Casey
    Real Time with Bill Maher, “#1527”
    (HBO)
    Mr. Casey's Directorial Team:
    • Associate Director: Stacy Talbot
    • Stage Managers: Patrick Whitney, Brian Anderson
    This is Mr. Casey's fourth DGA Award nomination. He previously was nominated in this category in 2016, 2015 and 2014 for Real Time with Bill Maher, “Show #1437,” “Show #1334” and “Show #1226.”

    Jim Hoskinson
    The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, “Joe Biden/Elton John”
    (CBS)
    Mr. Hoskinson's Directorial Team:
    • Associate Directors: Yvonne De Mare, Karen Yaeger
    • Stage Manager: Mark McKenna, Jeff Leib, Susan Schroer
    This is Mr. Hoskinson's fifth DGA Award nomination. He previously was nominated in this category in 2016 for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, “Episode #0179” and in 2015, 2013 and 2007 for The Colbert Report episodes “11040, “ “10004” and “3052.”

    Paul Pennolino
    Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, “French Elections”
    (HBO)
    Mr. Pennolino's Directorial Team:
    • Associate Director: Elliot Mendelson
    • Stage Managers: Mark McKenna, Susan Schroer
    This is Mr. Pennolino's third DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in this category in 2016 for Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. He is also nominated this year in the Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Specials category for Full Frontal with Samantha Bee Presents Not the White House Correspondents' Dinner.

  • Variety/Talk/News/Sports (Specials)

    Kevin Winter/Getty Images

    Glenn Weiss (WINNER)
    The 89th Annual Academy Awards
    (ABC)
    Mr. Weiss's Directorial Team:
    · Associate Directors: Ken Diego, Eve Adair, Susan Kopensky, Lori Margules, Robin Mishkin Abrams, Michael Polito
    · Stage Managers: Gary Natoli, Rita Cossette, Dave Cove, John Esposito, Valdez Flagg, Chris Hines, Alissa Levisohn Hoyo, Arthur Lewis, Roxanne Lozano, Ron Paul, Tammy Raab, Jason Seligman, Jackie Stathis, Cheryl Teetzel‑Moore, Debbie Williams, Ari Woog
    This is Mr. Weiss's 14th DGA Award nomination. He previously won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Specials in 2013, 2014 and 2016 for the 67th, 68th and 70th Annual Tony Awards and in the Musical Variety category in 2007, 2010, 2011 and 2012 for the 61st, 64th, 65th and 66th Annual Tony Awards.  He was also nominated in the Musical Variety category in 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006 and 2008 for the 55th, 56th, 59th, 60th, and 62nd Annual Tony Awards. Additionally, Mr. Weiss was nominated in 2015 for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Mini-Series, together with Rob Ashford, for Peter Pan Live!

    Stan Lathan
    Dave Chappelle: The Age of Spin
    (Netflix)
    Mr. Lathan's Directorial Team:
    · Associate Director: Sara Niimi
    · Stage Manager: Rob Sellers
    This is Mr. Lathan's first DGA Award nomination.

    Linda Mendoza
    Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize Honoring David Letterman
    (PBS)
    Ms. Mendoza's Directorial Team:
    · Associate Directors: Dora Mendoza, Kelly Hernacki
    · Stage Managers: Arthur Lewis, Mark McKenna, Lou Moore
    This is Ms. Mendoza's third DGA Award nomination. She was previously nominated in this same category in 2016 for Smithsonian Salutes Ray Charles: In Performance at the White House. She was also nominated in the Musical Variety category in 2010 for Paul McCartney: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song in Performance at The White House.

    Paul Pennolino
    Full Frontal with Samantha Bee Presents Not the White House Correspondents 'Dinner
    (TBS)
    Mr. Pennolino's Directorial Team:
    · Associate Directors: Jeremy Hardwick, Mike Walker, Libby Minarek, Jonathan Harris
    · Stage Managers: Laura Mack, April Smith, Kenyon Noble
    This is Mr. Pennolino's third DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in this category in 2016 for Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. He is also nominated this year in the Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Regularly Scheduled Programming category for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, “French Elections.”

    Amy Schumer
    Amy Schumer: The Leather Special
    (Netflix)
    This is Ms. Schumer's second DGA Award nomination. She was previously nominated in the Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Regularly Scheduled Programming category in 2015 for Inside Amy Schumer, “12 Angry Men” with Director Ryan McFaul

  • Children's Programs

    Courtesy of Netflix

    Niki Caro (WINNER)
    Anne with an E, “Your Will Shall Decide Your Destiny”
    (Netflix)
    This is Ms. Caro's first DGA Award nomination.

    Benjamin Lehmann
    The Magical Wand Chase: A Sesame Street Special
    (HBO)
    Mr. Lehmann's Directorial Team:
    · Associate Directors: Yori Tondrowski, Frank Campagna
    · Stage Managers: Anne Marie Dentici Gammon, Shawn Havens, Theresa Anderson
    · Location Managers: Steven Carbajal, Jillian Stricker
    This is Mr. Lehmann's first DGA Award nomination.

    Lily Mariye
    Just Add Magic, “Just Add Meddling”
    (Amazon)
    Ms. Mariye's Directorial Team:
    · Unit Production Manager: Pixie Wespiser
    · First Assistant Director: Gregory Guzik

    · Second Assistant Director: Darrell Woodard
    · Second Second Assistant Director: Tara Nicole Tjahjadi
    This is Ms. Mariye's first DGA Award nomination.

    Alison McDonald
    An American Girl Story: Summer Camp, Friends for Life
    (Amazon)
    Ms. McDonald's Directorial Team:
    · Unit Production Manager: Richard G. King
    · First Assistant Director: Otto Penzato
    · Second Assistant Director: David Berke
    · Second Second Assistant Director: Yarden Levo
    This is Ms. McDonald's first DGA Award nomination.

    Matthew O'Neill and Thalia Sodi
    15: A Quinceañera Story: Zoey
    (HBO)
    This is Mr. O'Neill's first DGA Award nomination.
    This is Ms. Sodi's first DGA Award nomination.

  • Commercials

    Martin de Thurah (WINNER)
    (Epoch Films)
    Festival, StubHub – Goodby Silverstein
    • First Assistant Director: Charles Conner
    Machines, StubHub – Goodby Silverstein
    • First Assistant Director: Charles Conner\
    MadWorld
    , WealthSimple – WealthSimple In House
    • First Assistant Director: Jey Wada
    • Second Assistant Director: Curtis Smith
    This is Mr. de Thurah's second DGA Award nomination. He previously won in this category in 2013 for The Man Who Couldn’t Slow Down (Hennessy VS) and Human Race (Acura MDX 2014).

    Alma Har'el
    (Epoch Films)
    Love Without Bias, P&G – Wieden + Kennedy
    • First Assistant Director: George Miles Johnstone
    This is Ms. Har'el's first DGA Award nomination.

    Hoffman/Metoyer
    (MJZ)
    Anthem,KitchenAid – DigitasLBi
    • Second Assistant Director: Frankie Pagnotta
    • Second Second Assistant Director: Matt Ross
    Go Further,Ford –GTB
    • First Assistant Director: David Webb
    • Second Assistant Director: David Marnell
    • Second Second Assistant Director: Jeff Tavani
    This is the first DGA nomination for Mr. Will Hoffman and Mr. Julius Metoyer.

    Miles Jay
    (Smuggler)
    Alive, Bose QuietComfort 35 Headphones – Grey
    • First Assistant Director: Gareth Moses
    Calling JohnMalkovich.com,Squarespace – John X Hannes
    Who is JohnMalkovich.com?, Squarespace – John X Hannes
    This is Mr. Jay's second DGA Award nomination. He waspreviouslynominated in this category in 2015 for It Can Wait (ESPN).

    Isaiah Seret
    (Biscuit Filmworks)
    Growing Up, Samsung Galaxy –Wieden + Kennedy Portland
    • First Assistant Director: Howell Caldwell
    • Second Assistant Director: Ben Randolph
    • Second Second Assistant Director: Shauna Frontera
    I Love You, Samsung Great – Wieden + Kennedy Portland
    • First Assistant Director: Brian Stevens|
    • Second Assistant Director: Steve Bagnara
    Never Too Composed, Kohler – DDB Chicago
    • First Assistant Director: Eric Topp
    • Second Assistant Director: Rob Nia
    This is Mr. Seret's first DGA Award nomination.