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The Directors Guild of America on Tuesday announced the feature-film and first-time director nominees for the 2020 DGA Awards.
The five feature-film directors nominated are Parasite's Bong Joon Ho, 1917's Sam Mendes, The Irishman's Martin Scorsese, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood's Quentin Tarantino and Jojo Rabbit's Taika Waititi. This year's nominees are notably devoid of any female helmers, with such hopefuls as Little Women's Greta Gerwig, The Farewell's Lulu Wang, Harriet's Kasi Lemmons and Hustlers' Lorene Scafaria failing to land a nomination. Other notable omissions from the DGA's top prize include best director Oscar hopefuls Noah Baumbach (Marriage Story), Todd Phillips (Joker), Fernando Meirelles (The Two Popes), James Mangold (Ford v Ferrari) and Rian Johnson (Knives Out).
Last year, Roma's Alfonso Cuaron won the DGA's feature-film award ahead of winning best director honors at the 2019 Academy Awards.
The first-time feature-film directing nominees are a more diverse slate featuring Atlantics' Mati Diop, Honey Boy's Alma Har'el, Queen & Slim's Melina Matsoukas, The Peanut Butter Falcon's Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz and The Last Black Man in San Francisco's Joe Talbot.
The DGA on Monday announced a partial list of TV nominees for its 72nd annual awards. The guild unveiled the nominations in several television, commercial and documentary categories.
The contenders in the categories of comedy and drama series and variety/talk/news/sports – specials, were originally set to be announced on Monday, with the rest of the guild's small-screen nominees, but were delayed "due to a re-vote related to a newly implemented electronic entry submissions process," the DGA said on Monday.
Instead, those final TV nominees were announced on Friday, with Amazon's The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and HBO's Watchmen and Game of Thrones earning multiple nominations within their respective comedy and drama categories.
Indeed, all of the nominees for outstanding directorial achievement in drama series are for directors on HBO shows: Nicole Kassell for Watchmen, "It's Summer and We're Running Out of Ice"; Mark Mylod for Succession, "This Is Not for Tears"; David Nutter for Game of Thrones, "The Last of the Starks"; Miguel Sapochnik for Game of Thrones, "The Long Night"; and Stephen Williams for Watchmen, "This Extraordinary Being."
The nominees for outstanding directorial achievement in comedy series are Dan Attias for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, "It's the Sixties, Man!" for Amazon; Bill Hader for Barry, "ronny/lily" for HBO; David Mandel for Veep, "Veep" for HBO; Amy Sherman-Palladino for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, "It's Comedy or Cabbage"; and Daniel Palladino for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, "Marvelous Radio."
The nominees for directorial achievement in variety/talk/news/sports specials are James Burrows and Andy Fisher for Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s "All in the Family" and "The Jeffersons" on ABC; Spike Jonze (earning his second nomination this year) for Aziz Ansari: Right Now on Netflix; Stan Lathan for Dave Chappelle: Sticks & Stones on Netflix; Linda Mendoza for Wanda Sykes: Not Normal on Netflix; and Glenn Weiss for the 91st annual Academy Awards on ABC.
Among the nominees in the best movies for TV and limited series category were three directors who scored separate mentions for Fosse/Verdon: Thomas Kail, Minkie Spiro and Jessica Yu. They will compete with Ava DuVernay for When They See Us, Vince Gilligan for El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie and Johan Renck for Chernobyl.
Other nominees include Don Roy King, Jon Favreau, Barry Sonnenfeld and Ridley Scott.
The DGA Awards will be handed out Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.
The full list of film and TV nominees follow.
Jan. 10, 5:26 p.m. This story has been updated with the comedy and drama series and variety/talk/news/sports — specials nominees.
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