Mon. Feb 24th, 2020

DGA Awards: Sam Mendes and ‘1917,’ HBO’s ‘Watchmen,’ HBO’s ‘Barry,’ HBO’s ‘Chernobyl’

HBO's "Chernobyl"

The 72nd annual Directors Guild of America Awards were handed out Saturday night, and 1917‘s Sam Mendes took home the top honor of best feature film. 

“Instead of talking about directors of the past, I’m just gonna talk about these four,” he began. “I’ll thank Quentin for making a movie so full of love — love for these characters, love for the period, love for the movies, and love for the city. I want to thank Taika Waititi for proving that history can be told with wit and mischief and joy.”

Mendes continued, “I want to thank Bong Joon Ho for making the best, hands-down the best movie, about what it is to be poor that I have ever seen. And I want to thank, of course, Martin Scorsese for putting it all on the table in The Irishman; for the lifetime of work that led up to that final scene with DeNiro that left us alone in that desolate place waiting and hoping for redemption. He is a master.”

But after revealing that his young daughter inspired an emotional scene in the war drama, Mendes ultimately dedicated the award to her “and to what she might become.”

Here’s the full list of winners tonight:

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN THEATRICAL FEATURE FILM

SAM MENDES
1917
(Universal Pictures)

Directorial Team:
• Unit Production Managers: Callum McDougall, Hannah Godwin
• First Assistant Director: Michael Lerman
• Second Assistant Director: Joey Coughlin

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMATIC SERIES

NICOLE KASSELL
Watchmen, “It’s Summer and We’re Running Out of Ice”
(HBO)

Directorial Team:
• Unit Production Managers: Karen Wacker, Ron Schmidt, Joseph E. Iberti
• First Assistant Director: Keri Bruno
• Second Assistant Directors: Lisa Zugschwerdt, Ben White
• Second Second Assistant Director: Jessie Sasser White

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN MOVIES FOR TELEVISION AND LIMITED SERIES

JOHAN RENCK
Chernobyl
(HBO)

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN DOCUMENTARY

STEVEN BOGNAR and JULIA REICHERT
American Factory
(Netflix)

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT OF A FIRST-TIME FEATURE FILM DIRECTOR

ALMA HAR’EL
Honey Boy
(Amazon Studios)

Directorial Team:
• Unit Production Manager: David Grace
• First Assistant Director: Sean Vawter
• Second Assistant Director: Colin Flaherty
• Second Second Assistant Director: Sarah Balboa

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN COMMERCIALS

SPIKE JONZE
(MJZ)
Dream It, Squarespace – Squarespace
• First Assistant Director: Thomas Smith

The New Normal, Medmen – Mekanism
• First Assistant Director: Thomas Smith
• Second Assistant Directors: David Marnell, Jeff Tavani

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN COMEDY SERIES

BILL HADER
Barry, “ronny/lily”
(HBO)

Directorial Team:
• Unit Production Manager: Aida Rodgers
• First Assistant Director: Gavin Kleintop
• Second Assistant Director: Kevin Zelman
• Second Second Assistant Director: Heather Kehayas
• Additional Second Assistant Director: Mikaela Mathern

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN REALITY PROGRAMS

JASON COHEN
Encore!, “Annie”
(Disney+)

Directorial Team:
• Associate Director: Daniel Shultz

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN VARIETY/TALK/NEWS/SPORTS – SPECIAL

JAMES BURROWS
(“All in the Family” and “The Jeffersons” – Directed by)
ANDY FISHER
(“Live in Front of a Studio Audience” – Directed by)

Live in Front of a Studio Audience Norman Lear’s ‘All in the Family’ and ‘The Jeffersons’
(ABC)

Directorial Team:
• Associate Directors: Martin Pasetta Jr., Sara Niimi
• Stage Managers: John Esposito, Valdez Flagg, Alissa Levisohn Hoyo, Harvey Levine, Doug Tobin, Richard Silva, Jenny Nolan Bailey

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN VARIETY/TALK/NEWS/SPORTS – REGULAR

DON ROY KING
Saturday Night Live, “E. Murphy; Lizzo”
(NBC)

King’s Directorial Team:
• Associate Directors: Michael Mancini, Mike Poole, Laura Ouziel-Mack
• Stage Managers: Gena Rositano, Chris Kelly

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS

AMY SCHATZ
Song of Parkland
(HBO Documentary Films)

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

Franklin Schaffner Award
Arthur E. Lewis

Frank Capra Achievement Award
Duncan S. Henderson

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Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett

Photographs are Courtesy:  Universal; HBO

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