68th ANNUAL AWARDS NOMINEES

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DGA Awards Medallion Small Outstanding Directorial Achievement in
Feature Film

The nominees for the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2015 are (in alphabetical order):

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ALEJANDRO G. IÑÁRRITU

The Revenant

(20th Century Fox)

Mr. Iñárritu’s Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Managers: Drew Locke, James W. Skotchdopole, Doug Jones
  • First Assistant Director: Scott Robertson
  • Second Assistant Directors: Megan M. Shank, Matthew Haggerty, Jeremy Marks
  • Unit Production Manager: Gabriela Vazquez (Argentina, California, and Montana Unit)
  • First Assistant Director: Adam Somner (Argentina, California, and Montana Unit)
  • Second Assistant Directors: Trevor R. Tavares, Jasmine Marie Alhambra (Argentina, California, and Montana Unit)
  • Second Second Assistant Directors: Brett Robinson, Kasia Trojak (Argentina, California, and Montana Unit)

This is Mr. Iñárritu’s fourth DGA Award nomination. He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film in 2014 for Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance). He was also nominated in this category for Babel in 2006. He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Commercials for “Best Job” (Procter & Gamble) in 2012.


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TOM McCARTHY

Spotlight

(Open Road Films)

Mr. McCarthy’s Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Managers: D.J Carson, Michael Bederman
  • First Assistant Director: Walter Gasparovic
  • Second Assistant Director: Penny Charter
  • Assistant Unit Production Manager: Danielle Blumstein (Boston Unit)
  • First Assistant Director: Christo Morse (Boston Unit)
  • Second Assistant Directors: Conte Matal, Kristina Mariko Peterson, Annie Tan, Andrea O’Connor (Boston Unit)
  • Second Second Assistant Directors: Phil Robinson, Mark Romanelli (Boston Unit)
  • Additional Second Assistant Director: Scooter Perrotta (Boston Unit)
  • Location Manager: Robert Striem

This is Mr. McCarthy’s first DGA Feature Film Award nomination.


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ADAM McKAY

The Big Short

(Paramount Pictures)

Mr. McKay’s Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Manager: Louise Rosner
  • First Assistant Director: Matt Rebenkoff
  • Second Assistant Director: Amy Lauritsen
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Cali Pomés
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Josh Muzaffer (New York Unit)
  • Location Manager: Michael Kriaris

This is Mr. McKay’s first DGA Feature Film Award nomination.


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GEORGE MILLER

Mad Max: Fury Road

(Warner Bros.)

Mr. Miller’s Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Manager: Sally French
  • Production Manager: Dean Hood
  • First Assistant Director: PJ Voeten
  • Second Assistant Directors: Samantha Smith, Wendy Croad, Chris O’Hara
  • Second Second Assistant Directors: Brett Hodgkinson, Marcy Trout
  • Second Assistant Directors: Eddie Thorne (Sydney Unit), Emma Jamvold (Sydney Unit)
  • Second Second Assistant Directors: Danielle Blake (Sydney Unit), Joshua Watkins (Sydney Unit)

This is Mr. Miller’s first DGA Feature Film Award nomination.


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RIDLEY SCOTT

The Martian

(20th Century Fox)

Mr. Scott’s Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Managers: Francesca Cingolani, Miklós Tóth
  • First Assistant Director: Raymond Kirk
  • Second Assistant Directors: Sarah Hood, Bogi Móricz
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Nick Thomas

This is Mr. Scott’s fourth DGA Award nomination. He was nominated in this category in 1991 for Thelma and Louise, in 2000 for Gladiator, and in 2001 for Black Hawk Down.

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DGA Awards Medallion Small Outstanding Directorial Achievement in
Dramatic Series

The nominees for the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series for 2015 are (in alphabetical order):


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MICHAEL ENGLER

Downton Abbey, "Episode 8"
(PBS)

This is Mr. Engler's fourth DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in the Comedy Series category in 2007 for the 30 Rock episode "Rosemary's Baby," in 2003 for the Sex and the City episode "Hop, Skip & A Week," and in 2001 for the Sex and the City episode "My Motherboard, Myself."


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LESLI LINKA GLATTER

Homeland, "The Tradition of Hospitality"
(Showtime)

Ms. Glatter's Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Manager: Michael Klick
  • First Assistant Director: Sunday Stevens
  • Second Assistant Director: Wendy Bledsoe

This is Ms. Glatter's sixth DGA Award nomination. She previously won in this category last year for Homeland, "From A to B and Back Again, as well as in 2009 for Mad Men, "Guy Walks into an Advertising Agency." She was also nominated in 2013 and 2012 for Homeland episodes "The Star" and "Q & A," as well as in 1990 for Twin Peak, "Episode 32006."


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DAVID NUTTER

Game of Thrones, "Mother’s Mercy"
(HBO)

This is Mr. Nutter's sixth DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in this category in 2013 for the Game of Thrones episode "The Rains of Castamere" and in 2006 for The Sopranos episode "Join the Club." He was also nominated in the Comedy Series category for Entourage episodes "The Resurrection" (2007) and "Lose Yourself" (2010); and in the Movies for Television and Mini-Series category for The Pacific, "Basilone" in 2010.


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STEVEN SODERBERGH

The Knick, "Williams and Walker"
(Cinemax)

Mr. Soderbergh's Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Managers: Michael Polaire, Gabrielle Mahon
  • First Assistant Director: Gregory Jacobs
  • Second Assistant Director: Jody Spilkoman
  • Second Second Assistant Directors: Travis Rehwaldt, Jason F. Fesel
  • Location Manager: Rob Striem

This is Mr. Soderbergh's fourth DGA Award nomination. He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Mini-Series for Behind the Candelabra in 2013. He was previously nominated in the Feature Film category in 2000 for both Erin Brockovich and Traffic. He was also the recipient of the Guild’s 2014 Robert B. Aldrich Service Award for extraordinary service to the DGA and its membership.


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MATTHEW WEINER

Mad Men, "Person to Person"
(AMC)

Mr. Weiner's Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Manager: Dara Weintraub
  • First Assistant Director: Lisa M. Rowe
  • Second Assistant Director: Maria Mantia
  • Second Second Assistant Director: M. Ryan Traylor

This is Mr. Weiner's third DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in this same category for the Mad Men episodes "Meditations in an Emergency"in 2008 and "Shut The Door. Have A Seat" in 2009.

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DGA Awards Medallion Small Outstanding Directorial Achievement in
Comedy Series

The nominees for the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series for 2015 are (in alphabetical order):

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CHRIS ADDISON

Veep, "Election Night"
(HBO)

Mr. Addison's Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Manager: Bill Hill
  • First Assistant Director: Dale Stern
  • Second Assistant Director: Michelle Gritzer
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Miles Perman

This is Mr. Addison's first DGA Award nomination.


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LOUIS C.K.

Louie, "Sleepover"
(FX)

Mr. C.K.'s Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Manager: M. Blair Breard
  • First Assistant Director: Adam Escott
  • Second Assistant Director: Nick Vanderpool
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Daniel Lugo
  • Location Manager: Jeff Caron

This is Mr. C.K.'s fourth DGA Award nomination. He previously was nominated in this same category in 2012 for the Louie episode, "New Year's Eve" and in 2014 for the Louie episode, "Elevator: Part 6." He was also nominated in the Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Specials category in 2013 for Louis C.K.: Oh My God.


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MIKE JUDGE

Silicon Valley, "Binding Arbitration"
(HBO)

Mr. Judge's Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Manager: Philipp A. Barnett
  • First Assistant Director: Brett Dos Santos
  • Second Assistant Director: Thomas Boucher
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Bryan Snodgrass

This is Mr. Judge's second DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in this same category in 2014 for the Silicon Valley episode "Minimum Viable Product."


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GAIL MANCUSO

Modern Family, "White Christmas"
(ABC)

Ms. Mancuso's Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Manager: Sally Young
  • First Assistant Director: Jim Hensz
  • Second Assistant Director: Jason Z. Kemp
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Matt Baker

This is Ms. Mancuso's third DGA Award nomination. She was previously nominated in this same category in 2014 for the Modern Family episode, "Vegas" and in 2013 for the Modern Family episode, "My Hero."


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JILL SOLOWAY

Transparent, "Kina Hora"
(Amazon)

Ms. Soloway's Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Manager: Victor Hsu
  • First Assistant Director: Maria Battle Campbell
  • Second Assistant Director: Allan Monteiro Fortes
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Anna Vogt

This is Ms. Soloway's second DGA Award nomination. She previously won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy in 2014 for her Transparent episode "Best New Girl."

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DGA Awards Medallion SmallOutstanding Directorial Achievement in
Movies for Television and Mini-Series

The nominees for the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Mini-Series for 2015 are (in alphabetical order):

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ANGELA BASSETT

Whitney
(Lifetime)

Ms. Bassett's Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Manager: Kyle Clark
  • First Assistant Director: Van Hayden
  • Second Assistant Director: Elaine Wood
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Wayne Witherspoon

This is Ms. Bassett's first DGA Award nomination.


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LAURIE COLLYER

The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe
(Lifetime)

Ms. Collyer's Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Manager: Joseph Boccia
  • First Assistant Directors: Myron Hoffert, J. Stephen Buck
  • Second Assistant Directors: Gerrod Shully, Brent Clark

This is Ms. Collyer's second DGA Award nomination. She was previously nominated in the Documentary category in 2000 for Nuyorican Dream.


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PAUL HAGGIS

Show Me a Hero
(HBO)

Mr. Haggis's Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Managers: April Taylor, Nina K. Noble
  • First Assistant Director: Haze JF Bergeron, III
  • Second Assistant Director: Matthew Mason
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Scott Foster
  • Additional Second Assistant Director: Mary G. Knauf
  • Location Manager: Andrew D. Cooke

This is Mr. Haggis's second DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in the Feature Film category in 2005 for Crash.


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KENNY LEON (Directed By)
MATTHEW DIAMOND (Live Television Direction By)

The Wiz Live!
(NBC)

Directorial Team:

  • Associate Directors: Rae Kraus, Robin Mishkin Abrams, Adam Mishler
  • Key Stage Managers: Andrew C. Gottlieb, Jeff Markowitz
  • Stage Managers: Cyndi Owgang, Jeffrey L. Pearl, Annette Powlis, Elise Reaves, Cody Renard Richard, Sarah Testerman

This is Mr. Leon's second DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in this same category in 2008 for A Raisin in the Sun.

This is Mr. Diamond's seventh DGA Award nomination. He won DGA Awards for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Musical Variety for Great Performances: Dance in America - Swan Lake with American Ballet Theater in 2005; for From Broadway: Fosse in 2002, and for Some Enchanted Evening, Celebrating Oscar Hammerstein in 1995. He was previously nominated in the Musical Variety category in 1998 for Savion Glover - Stomp, Slide & Swing: Performance in the White House; in the Documentary category in 1998 for Dance Maker; and in the Children’s Programs category in 2008 for Camp Rock.


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DEE REES

Bessie
(HBO)

 

Ms. Rees's Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Manager: Ron Schmidt
  • First Assistant Director: Michael J. Moore
  • Second Assistant Director: Basti Van Der Woude
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Joann Connolly

This is Ms. Rees's first DGA Award nomination.

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DGA Awards Medallion SmallOutstanding Directorial Achievement in
Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Regularly Scheduled Programming

The nominees for the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Regularly Scheduled Programming for 2015 are (in alphabetical order):

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PAUL G. CASEY

Real Time With Bill Maher, "#1334"
(HBO)

Mr. Casey's Directorial Team:

  • Associate Director: Stacy Talbot
  • Stage Managers: Patrick Whitney, Brian Anderson

This is Mr. Casey's second DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in this same category in 2014 for Real Time With Bill Maher “Show #1226.”


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DAVE DIOMEDI

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, "Episode #325"
(NBC)

Mr. Diomedi's Directorial Team:

  • Associate Directors: Mark Jankeloff, Maureen Smith
  • Stage Managers: Niclana Tolmasoff, Mike Kilkenny

This is Mr. Diomedi's third DGA Award nomination. He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Regularly Scheduled Programming in 2014 for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, "Episode #1." He was previously nominated in this same category in 2013 for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, "#799."


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DON ROY KING

Saturday Night Live, "Host: Tracy Morgan/Musical Guest: Demi Lovato"
(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 tenth DGA Award nomination. He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Regularly Scheduled Programming in 2013 for Saturday Night Live "Host: Justin Timberlake" and was previously nominated for Saturday Night Live episodes in 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014. He is also nominated in the Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Specials category this year for the Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special.


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RYAN McFAUL & AMY SCHUMER

Inside Amy Shumer, "12 Angry Men"
(Comedy Central)

Mr. McFaul & Ms. Schumer's Directorial Team:

  • Associate Directors: Nicholas R. Bell, Kim Thompson, Luke Sherman

This is Mr. McFaul's first DGA Award nomination.

This is Ms. Schumer's first DGA Award nomination.


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CHUCK O'NEIL

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, "Episode #20142"
(Comedy Central)

Mr. O'Neil's Directorial Team:

  • Associate Director: Paul A.J. Pennolino
  • Stage Managers: Craig Spinney, Tom Ucciferri, April Smith

This is Mr. O'Neil's twelfth DGA Award nomination. He previously was nominated in 2010 for Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear and in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014, all for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

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DGA Awards Medallion SmallOutstanding Directorial Achievement in
Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Specials

The nominees for the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in
Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Specials for 2015 are (in alphabetical order):

68th Awards Nominee
SOFIA COPPOLA

A Very Murray Christmas
(Netflix)

Ms. Coppola's Directorial Team:

  • Associate Director: Roman Coppola
  • Head Stage Manager: Jason Ivey
  • Stage Managers: Scott Bowers, Connie Pierce-Winters, Woodrow Travers

This is Ms. Coppola's second DGA Award nomination. She was previously nominated in the Feature Film category in 2003 for Lost in Translation.


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HAMISH HAMILTON

The 87th Annual Academy Awards
(ABC)

Mr. Hamilton's Directorial Team:

  • Associate Directors: Hayley Collett, Susan Kopensky, Tim Kettle, Lori Margules, Michael Polito
  • Stage Managers: Gary Natoli, Dave Cove, John Esposito, Valdez Flagg, Chris Hines, Alissa Levisohn Hoyo, Arthur Lewis, Roxanne Lozano, Ron Paul, Vince Poxon, Tammy Raab, Jason Seligman, Doug Smith, Jackie Stathis, Cheryl Teetzel Moore, Debbie Williams, Ari Woog

This is Mr. Hamilton's second DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in this same category in 2014 for The 86th Annual Academy Awards.


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DON ROY KING

Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special
(NBC)

Mr. King's Directorial Team:

  • Associate Directors: Michael Mancini, Michael Poole, Bob Caminiti, Dan Dome
  • Stage Managers: Gena Rositano, Chris Kelly, Joey Despenzero, Lynn Finkel, Eddie Valk

This is Mr. King's tenth DGA Award nomination. He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Regularly Scheduled Programming in 2013 for Saturday Night Live "Host: Justin Timberlake" and was previously nominated for Saturday Night Live episodes in 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014. He is also nominated in the Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Regularly Scheduled Programming category this year for the Saturday Night Live episode, "Host: Tracy Morgan/Musical Guest: Demi Lovato."


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BETH McCARTHY MILLER

Adele Live in New York City
(NBC)

Ms. McCarthy-Miller's Directorial Team:

  • Associate Directors: Susan Locke-Shapiro, Michael Poole
  • Stage Managers: Gena Rositano, Chris Kelly, Eddie Valk

This is Ms. McCarthy-Miller's eleventh 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.


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CHRIS ROCK

Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo
(HBO)

Mr. Rock’s Directorial Team:

  • Associate Director/Stage Manager: Arthur Lewis

This is Mr. Rock's first DGA Award nomination.

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DGA Awards Medallion SmallOutstanding Directorial Achievement in
Reality Programs

The nominees for the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Reality Programs for 2015 are (in alphabetical order):

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BRADY CONNELL

The Great Christmas Light Fight, "Episode 304"
(ABC)

This is Mr. Connell's first DGA Award nomination.


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KEN FUCHS

Shark Tank, "702"
(ABC)

Mr. Fuchs's Directorial Team: 

  • Associate Director: Amy Barker
  • Head Stage Manager: Eric Rhoden
  • Stage Managers: Doug Neal, Michael Strauss

This is Mr. Fuchs's first DGA Award nomination.


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STEVE HRYNIEWICZ

Cutthroat Kitchen, "Superstar Sabotage Finale: It’s Raining Ramen"
(Food Network)

Mr. Hryniewicz's Directorial Team:

  • Associate Director: Anna Moulaison-Moore
  • Stage Manager: Drew Lewandowski

This is Mr. Hryniewicz's second DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in 2014 for Top Chef, "The First Thanksgiving."


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BERTRAM VAN MUNSTER

The Amazing Race, "Bring the Fun, Baby!"
(CBS)

Mr. van Munster's Directorial Team:

  • Associate Director: Dan Coffie

This is Mr. van Munster's tenth DGA Award nomination. He won in this category in 2007 for The Amazing Race, "Episode #1110" and was also nominated an additional seven times in this category for the The Amazing Race: in 2005 for "Episode #805," in 2006 for "Episode #102," in 2008 for "Episode #1303" in 2009 for "Don’t Let A Cheese Hit Me," in 2010 for "I Think We’re Fighting the Germans, Right?," in 2011 for "You Don’t Get Paid Unless You Win?"; and in 2013 for "Beards in the Wind." He was also nominated with Directors Jack Cannon and Elise Doganieri in 2014 for The Quest, "One True Hero."


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ADAM VETRI

Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge, "Gods of War"
(CMT)

Mr. Vetri's Directorial Team:

  • Associate Director: Ian Blankenship
  • Stage Manager: Richard Mercury Melendez

This is Mr. Vetri's second DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in this category in 2014 for Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge, “Welcome to the Gun Show.”

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DGA Awards Medallion SmallOutstanding Directorial Achievement in
Children's Programs

The nominees for the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children’s Programs for 2015 are (in alphabetical order):

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PAUL HOEN

Invisible Sister
(Disney Channel)

Mr. Hoen's Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Manager: Michael C. Cuddy
  • First Assistant Director: Daniel Katzman
  • Second Assistant Director: Seth W. Hansen
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Brittney Diez

This is Mr. Hoen's eight DGA Award nomination. He previously won in this category in 2012 for Let It Shine and in 2007 for Jump In. He was also nominated in 2010 for Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam, in 2008 for Cheetah Girls: One World, in 2004 for Searching for David's Heart, and in 2000 for the Even Stevens episode "Take My Sister... Please," and in 2014 for How to Build a Better Boy.


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JOSEPH MAZZARINO

Sesame Street, "The Cookie Thief"
(PBS)

Mr. Mazzarino's Directorial Team:

  • Associate Director: Ken Diego
  • Stage Managers: Theresa Anderson, Shawn Havens

This is Mr. Mazzarino's second DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in this category in 2014 for Sesame Street, "4504 Numericon."


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KENNY ORTEGA

Descendants
(Disney Channel)

Mr. Ortega's Directorial Team:

  • First Assistant Director: Rachel Leiterman

This is Mr. Ortega's third DGA Award nomination. He previously won in this category in 2006 for High School Musical, and was nominated in this category in 2007 for High School Musical 2.


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AMY SCHATZ

Saving My Tomorrow, "Part 3"
(HBO)

This is Ms. Schatz's tenth DGA Award nomination. She won in this category five times for An Apology to Elephants in 2013, A Child's Garden of Poetry in 2011, Classical Baby (I'm Grown Up Now), "The Poetry Show" in 2008, 'Twas the Night in 2001, and Goodnight Moon & Other Sleepy Time Tales in 1999. She was also nominated an additional four times in this category for Saving My Tomorrow, "Part 1 and 2" in 2014, "Don't Divorce Me! Kids' Rules for Parents on Divorce in 2012, Hard Times for an American Girl: The Great Depression in 2009, Through a Child's Eyes: September 11, 2001 in 2002.


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SASIE SEALY

Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Normal Street, "Gortimer and the Vengeful Violinist"
(Amazon)

Ms. Sealy's Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Manager: Richard G. King
  • First Assistant Director: Otto Penzato
  • Second Assistant Director: Lance W. Lanfear
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Matt Baker

This is Ms. Sealy's first DGA Award nomination.

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DGA Awards Medallion SmallOutstanding Directorial Achievement in
Commercials

The nominees for the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Commercials for 2015 are (in alphabetical order):

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JUAN CABRAL

MJZ

 

Monkeys, IkeaMother

Freestyle, LurpakWieden + Kennedy London

This is Mr. Cabral's first DGA Award nomination.


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MILES JAY

Smuggler

It Can Wait, ESPNESPN Creative Works

  • First Assistant Director: Scott Rorie

This is Mr. Jay's first DGA Award nomination.


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TOM KUNTZ

MJZ

So It Begins, Old SpiceWieden + Kennedy Portland

  • First Assistant Director: Thomas Smith
  • Second Assistant Director: Robert Kay

The Chase, Heineken Wieden + Kennedy Amsterdam

  • First Assistant Director: Steven Fernandez

Revenge, Clash of ClansBarton F. Graff

  • First Assistant Directors: Peter Jackson, Kevin Burke
  • Second Assistant Director: Kevin Burke

This is Mr. Kuntz’s sixth DGA Award nomination. He previously won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Commercials for Eyebrows (Cadbury), Tips (Career Builder), Scents for Gents (Old Spice) and Tailor (Skittles) in 2009; and was previously nominated in this category in 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012.


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ANDREAS NILSSON

Biscuit Filmworks

Emily's Oz, ComcastGoodby, Silverstein & Partners NY

  • First Assistant Directors: Craig Owens, Eric Topp
  • Second Assistant Director: Eric Topp

Time Upon a Once, General ElectricBBDO

  • Unit Production Manager: Vincent Landay

Dad Song, Old SpiceWieden + Kennedy

This is Mr. Nilsson's first DGA Award nomination.


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STEVE ROGERS

Biscuit Filmworks

Ripple, Nike GolfWieden + Kennedy Portland

  • Unit Production Manager: Vincent Landay
  • First Assistant Director: David Dean
  • Second Assistant Director: Blake Perkinson
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Frank Horn

Snow Day, NikeWieden + Kennedy Portland

  • Unit Production Manager: James Veal
  • First Assistant Director: Craig Owens
  • Second Assistant Director: Eric Topp
  • Second Second Assistant Directors: Rob Nia, Rob Topp, Rob Torres

This is Mr. Rogers's first DGA Award nomination.

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DGA Awards Medallion SmallOutstanding Directorial Achievement in
Documentary

The nominees for the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary for 2015 are (in alphabetical order):

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JIMMY CHIN & ELIZABETH CHAI VASARHELYI

Meru
Music Box Films
Itinerant Media
Little Monster Films

This is Mr. Chin's first DGA Award nomination.
This is Ms. Vasarhelyi's first DGA Award nomination.


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LIZ GARBUS

What Happened, Miss Simone?
Netflix Documentary
RadicalMedia
Moxie Firecracker

This is Ms. Garbus's first DGA Award nomination.


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ALEX GIBNEY

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
HBO Documentary Films
Sky Atlantic
Jigsaw Productions

This is Mr. Gibney's third DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in this category in 2007 for Taxi to the Darkside and in 2010 for Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer.


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MATTHEW HEINEMAN

Cartel Land
The Orchard
A&E Indiefilms
Our Time Projects
The Documentary Group
Whitewater Films

This is Mr. Heineman's first DGA Award nomination.


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ASIF KAPADIA

Amy
A24
Cinetic
Globe Productions
On The Corner

This is Mr. Kapadi's Directorial Team:

  • Production Manager: Raquel Alvarez

This is Mr. Kapadi's first DGA Award nomination.

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DGA Awards Medallion Small Outstanding Directorial Achievement of a
First-Time Feature Film Director

The nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement of a First-Time Feature Film Director in 2015 are (in alphabetical order):

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FERNANDO COIMBRA

A Wolf at the Door
(Outsider Pictures)

Mr. Coimbra's Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Manager: Clara Machado
  • First Assistant Director: Suzy Milstein
  • Second Assistant Director: Raquel Toledo

This is Mr. Coimbra's first DGA Award nomination.


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JOEL EDGERTON

The Gift
(STX Entertainment)

Mr. Edgerton's Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Manager: Luc Etienne
  • First Assistant Director: Michael J. Moore
  • Second Assistant Director: Matt Haggerty
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Dillon Neaman

This is Mr. Edgerton's first DGA Award nomination.


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ALEX GARLAND

Ex Machina
(A24)

Mr. Garland's Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Manager: Sara Desmond
  • First Assistant Director: Nick Heckstall-Smith
  • Second Assistant Director: Ray Kenny

This is Mr. Garland's first DGA Award nomination.


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MARIELLE HELLER

The Diary of a Teenage Girl
(Sony Pictures Classics)

Ms. Heller’s Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Manager: Molly Salz
  • First Assistant Director: Brian Benson
  • Second Assistant Director: Jerremy Stewart
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Alex Gilbert

This is Ms. Heller's first DGA Award nomination.


68th Awards Nominee
LÁSZLÓ NEMES

Son of Saul
(Sony Pictures Classics)

Mr. Nemes's Directorial Team:

  • Production Manager: Gábor Szántó
  • Unit Manager: Eszter Gárgyán
  • First Assistant Director: István Kolos
  • Second Assistant Directors: Zoltán Gyovai, Edina Galgócz

This is Mr. Nemes's first DGA Award nomination.

Eligible directors for this award must have released his or her first feature-length film theatrically in Los Angeles or New York in 2015. Foreign films are eligible and the director does not need to be a DGA member.

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Winners will be announced at the 68th Annual DGA Awards on Saturday evening, February 6, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. The DGA Awards will be hosted by actor Jane Lynch.

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FEATURE FILM AWARD

Deadline to vote online for Feature Film Award

Friday, February 5, 2016

All Winners announced at 68th DGA Awards Dinner
at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza

Saturday, February 6, 2016


 
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