Directors Guild Awards Announced

The closer we get to the Oscars, the more likely The Social Network may just lose out to the King’s Speech. The Director’s Guild has selected The King’s Speech’s director Tom Hooper as the winner of Outstanding Directorial Achievement this year.

Since 1948, the Academy and the DGA have only disagreed on Best Director six times.

Hit the jump for the full list of winners

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2010:

TOM HOOPER, The King’s Speech (The Weinstein Co.)
Mr. Hooper’s Directorial Team:

  • Production Manager: Erica Bensly
  • First Assistant Director: Martin Harrison
  • Second Assistant Director: Chris Stoaling

This is Hooper’s first DGA Feature Film Award Nomination. He was previously nominated for the DGA Award for Movies for Television/Miniseries for John Adams in 2008.

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Mini-Series for 2010:

MICK JACKSON, Temple Grandin (HBO)
Mr. Jackson’s Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Manager: Scott Ferguson
  • First Assistant Director: Philip Hardage
  • Second Assistant Director: Shawn Pipkin
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Kayse Goodell and Richard E. Chapla Jr.
  • Additional Second Second Assistant Director: Glen Moorman

This is Jackson’s fourth DGA Award nomination. He is a three-time winner of the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Mini-Series with Indictment: The McMartin Trial (1995), Tuesdays With Morrie (1999), and Live From Baghdad (2002).

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary for 2010:

CHARLES FERGUSON, Inside Job
Representational Pictures, Sony Pictures Classics
This is Ferguson’s first DGA Award nomination.

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series for 2010:

MARTIN SCORSESE, Boardwalk Empire, “Boardwalk Empire” (HBO)
Mr. Scorsese’s Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Manager: Harvey Waldman
  • First Assistant Director: Chris Surgent
  • Second Assistant Director: Takahide Kawakami
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Patrick McDonald
  • Additional Second Assistant Director: Sal Sutera DGA Trainee: Jamiyl Ihsaan Campbell

This is Scorsese’s eighth DGA Award nomination. He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature film in 2006 for The Departed, and was previously nominated in that category for Taxi Driver (1976), Raging Bull (1980), Goodfellas (1990), The Age of Innocence (1993), Gangs of New York (2002), and The Aviator (2004). In 1999 Scorsese was presented with the Filmmaker Award at the inaugural DGA Honors Gala and he won the DGA’s highest artistic honor, the Lifetime Achievement Award (for distinguished achievement in film direction) in 2003.

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series for 2010:

MICHAEL SPILLER, Modern Family, “Halloween” (ABC)
Mr. Spiller’s Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Manager: Sally Young
  • First Assistant Director: Alisa Statman
  • Second Assistant Director: Helena Lamb
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Matthew Heffernan

This is Spiller’s first DGA Award nomination.

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Musical Variety for 2010:

GLENN WEISS, 64th Annual Tony Awards (CBS)
Mr. Weiss’ Directorial Team:

  • Associate Directors: Gregg Gelfand, Robin Abrams, Ricky Kirshner
  • Stage Managers: Garry Hood, Peter Epstein, Andrew Feigin, Lynn Finkel, Doug Fogel, Jeffry Gitter, Dean Gordon, Phyllis Digilio Kent, Arthur Lewis, Joey Meade, Tony Mirante, Cyndi Owgang, Jeff Pearl, Elyse Reaves, Lauren Class Schneider

This is Weiss’ seventh DGA Award nomination. He won the Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Musical Variety in 2007 for The 61st Annual Tony Awards; and was previously nominated in this category in 2008, 2006, 2005, 2002 and 2001 all for the 62nd, 60th, 59th, 56th and 55th Annual Tony Awards.

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Reality Programs for 2010:

EYTAN KELLER, The Next Iron Chef, “Episode #301” (Food Network)
Mr. Keller’s Directorial Team:

  • Segment Director: Stephen Kroopnick
  • Stage Managers: Tom Borgnine, Seth Mellman

This is Keller’s second DGA Award Nomination. He was previously nominated in this same category in 2009 for episode “201” of The Next Iron Chef.

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Daytime Serials for 2010:

LARRY CARPENTER, One Life to Live, “Episode #10,687” (ABC)
Mr. Carpenter’s Directorial Team:

  • Associate Directors: Tracy Casper Lang, Teresa Anne Cicala, Anthony J. Wilkinson, Jen Pepperman
  • Stage Managers: Alan Needleman, Keith Greer
  • Production Associates: Nathalie Rodriguez, Kevin Brush

This is Carpenter’s seventh DGA Award nomination and all for his direction of One Life to Live. He won the Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Daytime Serials Award for One Life to Live – “Episode #9947″ in 2007, for “Episode #8849″ in 2003, and for “So You Think You Can Be Shane Morasco’s Father” in 2008. He was previously nominated for that series for “Episode #9686″ in 2006, “Episode #9385″ in 2005 and “Episode #8655″ in 2002.

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children’s Programs for 2010:

ERIC BROSS, The Boy Who Cried Werewolf (Nickelodeon)
This is Bross’ first DGA Award nomination.

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Commercials for 2010:

STACY WALL (Imperial Woodpecker)
Rise, Nike – Wieden & Kennedy/Portland

  • First Assistant Director: Bac DeLorme
  • Second Assistant Director: Steve Del Prete
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Kenny Hanson

Really?, Microsoft – Crispin Porter & Bogusky/Boulder

  • First Assistant Directors: Miles Johnstone, Doug Halbert
  • Second Assistant Director: Michael Brawer
  • Slim Chin & D Rose, Adidas – 180LA
  • First Assistant Director: Dave Dean
  • Second Assistant Director: Carl Jackson

Handshake, Nike – Weiden & Kennedy/Portland

  • First Assistant Directors: Miles Johnstone, Scott Metcalfe
  • Second Assistant Director: Michael Brawer


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Ricky D is the editor-in-chief of Sound on Sight and one of the hosts of the Sound On Sight podcast and the Sordid Cinema podcast. He is Sound On Sight's expert on Horror and contributes written reviews when time permits.

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