DGA 69th Awards Winner Alejandro Iñárritu’
Alejandro G. Iñárritu wins DGA Feature Film Award for The Revenant 
Winners in 10 Other Categories also Announced

Los Angeles – The winners of the Directors Guild of America Outstanding Directorial Achievement Awards for 2015 were announced tonight during the 68th Annual DGA Awards at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.  In a historic win, Alejandro G. Iñárritu won the DGA’s Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for The Revenant. Mr. Iñárritu is the first director to win the award in back-to-back years. He won this Award last year for Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance).

Actor Jane Lynch hosted the ceremony before an audience of more than 1,600 guests.  Presenters included (in alphabetical order): Christian Bale, DGA President Paris Barclay; Angela Bassett; Abigail Breslin; Steve Carrell; James Corden; Bryan Cranston; Matt Damon; Leonardo DiCaprio; DGA Fifth Vice President Jon Favreau; Ryan Gosling; Kathy Griffin; Tom Hooper; Regina King; Christian Jules Le Blanc; Jennifer Jason Leigh; Rachel McAdams; DGA National Vice President Vincent Misiano; Nate Parker; Jeff Probst; Steven Spielberg; Michelle Stafford; and Lily Tomlin.

Next Year’s DGA Awards – Date & Venue

The 69th Annual DGA Awards will take place on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.


68th ANNUAL AWARDS WINNERS


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DGA Awards Medallion Small Outstanding Directorial Achievement in
Feature Film

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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 third DGA Award win and fouth 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.


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

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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 win.


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

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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 win.


DGA Awards Medallion Small Outstanding Directorial Achievement in
Dramatic Series

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DAVID NUTTER

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

This is Mr. Nutter's first DGA Award win and sixth 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.


DGA Awards Medallion Small Outstanding Directorial Achievement in
Comedy Series

68th Awards Nominee
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 win.


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

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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 second DGA Award win and third nomination. He previously 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 also nominated in this same category in 2013 for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, "#799."


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

68th Awards Nominee
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 second DGA Award win and tenth DGA Award nomination. He previously 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 was 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."


DGA Awards Medallion SmallOutstanding Directorial Achievement in
Reality Programs

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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 first DGA Award win and second nomination. He was previously nominated in this category in 2014 for Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge, “Welcome to the Gun Show.”


DGA Awards Medallion SmallOutstanding Directorial Achievement in
Children's Programs

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KENNY ORTEGA

Descendants
(Disney Channel)

Mr. Ortega's Directorial Team:

  • First Assistant Director: Rachel Leiterman

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


DGA Awards Medallion SmallOutstanding Directorial Achievement in
Commercials

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ANDREAS NILSSON

Biscuit Filmworks

Emily's Oz, Comcast Goodby, Silverstein & Partners NY

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

Time Upon a Once, General Electric BBDO

  • Unit Production Manager: Vincent Landay

Dad Song, Old Spice Wieden + Kennedy

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


DGA Awards Medallion SmallOutstanding Directorial Achievement in
Documentary

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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 win.


DGA Awards Medallion Small Lifetime Achievement & Service Award Recipients

 

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JOE PYTKA

Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Achievement in Television Direction

Commercial director Joe Pytka was honored with the Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Achievement in Television Direction in honor of his groundbreaking career.

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MARY RAE THEWLIS

Frank Capra Achievement Award

Given to an Assistant Director or Unit Production Manager in recognition of career achievement in the industry and service to the Directors Guild of America.

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THOMAS McDERMOTT

Franklin J. Schaffner Achievement Award

Given to an Associate Director or Stage Manager in recognition of career achievement in the industry and service to the Directors Guild of America.


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Exclusive Video: Meet the Feature Film Nominees

Watch the five nominees for Outstanding Achievement in Feature Film Direction for the 68th DGA Awards all one stage together! Alejandro G. Iñárritu (The Revenant), Tom McCarthy (Spotlight), Adam McKay (The Big Short), George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road), and Ridley Scott (The Martian) discuss making their nominated films.

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