January 30, 2011
LOS ANGELES —The winners of the Directors Guild of America Outstanding Directorial Achievement Awards for 2010 were announced tonight during the 63rd Annual DGA Awards Dinner at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Los Angeles. Tom Hooper won the DGA's Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for The King's Speech
Following the welcome by DGA President Taylor Hackford to an audience of more than 1,600 guests, director/actor Carl Reiner hosted the ceremony.
Presenters included (in alphabetical order): Amy Adams (The Fighter); DGA 75th Anniversary Chair Michael Apted; DGA First Vice President Paris Barclay; 75th Anniversary Co-Chair and 2009 DGA Feature Film Award winner Kathryn Bigelow; Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire); 75th Anniversary Co-Chair James Cameron; Helena Bonham Carter (The King's Speech); DGA Secretary/Treasurer Gil Cates; 75th Anniversary Co-Chair Francis Ford Coppola; Claire Danes (Temple Grandin); Leonardo DiCaprio (Inception); 75th Anniversary Co-Chair Clint Eastwood; Colin Firth (The King's Speech); Jenna Fischer (The Office); Andrew Garfield (The Social Network); DGA President Taylor Hackford; Armie Hammer (The Social Network); Jennifer Lawrence (Winter's Bone); Melissa Leo (The Fighter); Jack McGee (The Fighter) ; Helen Mirren (Red); Julia Ormond (Temple Grandin); Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory); Natalie Portman (Black Swan); 75th Anniversary Co-Chair John Rich; Katey Sagal (Sons of Anarchy); DGA National Vice President Steven Soderbergh; 75th Anniversary Co-Chair Steven Spielberg; Julia Stiles (Dexter); Sofia Vergara (Modern Family); and Mark Wahlberg (The Fighter).
The DGA's Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film has traditionally served as a near-perfect barometer for the Academy Award for Best Director. Only six times since the DGA Award's inception in 1948 has the winner not gone on to receive the Academy Award for Best Director. (see list at the end of this release)
The winners of the 2010 Directors Guild of America Awards for Outstanding Directorial Achievement are:
The King's Speech
(The Weinstein Co.)
Mr. Hooper's Directorial Team:
- Unit Production Manager: Erica Bensly
- First Assistant Director: Martin Harrison
- Second Assistant Director: Chris Stoaling
This is Mr. Hooper's first DGA Award and second DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated for the DGA Award for Movies for Television/Miniseries for John Adams in 2008.
MOVIES FOR TELEVISION AND MINI-SERIES
Mr. Jackson's Directorial Team:
- Unit Production Manager: Scott Ferguson
- First Assistant Director: Philip Hardage
- Second Assistant Director: Shawn Pipkin
- Second Second Assistant Directors: Kayse Goodell, Richard E. Chapla Jr., Robbie Friedmann
- Additional Second Second Assistant Director: Glen Moorman
This is Mr. Jackson's fourth DGA Award, making him a four-time winner of the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Mini-Series with previous wins for Indictment: The McMartin Trial (1995), Tuesdays With Morrie (1999), and Live From Baghdad (2002).
Sony Pictures Classics
This is Mr. Ferguson's first DGA Award.
Boardwalk Empire, "Boardwalk Empire"
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 Assistant Director: Sal Sutera
- Second Assistant Director/Location Managers: April Taylor, Regina Heyman
- DGA Trainee: Jamiyl Ihsaan Campbell
This is Mr. Scorsese's second DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement and 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.
Modern Family, "Halloween"
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 Mr. Spiller's first DGA Award.
64th Annual Tony Awards
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, Elise Reaves, Lauren Class Schneider
This is Mr. Weiss' second DGA Award and 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.
The Next Iron Chef, "Episode #301"
Mr. Keller's Directorial Team:
- Segment Director: Stephen Kroopnick
- Stage Managers: Tom Borgnine, Seth Mellman
This is Mr. Keller's first DGA Award and second DGA Award Nomination. He was previously nominated in this same category in 2009 for episode "201" of The Next Iron Chef.
One Life to Live, "Starr X'd Lovers, The Musical, Part Two"
Mr. Carpenter's Directorial Team:
- Associate Directors: Teresa Anne Cicala, Tracy Casper Lang, Paul S. Glass, Mary Ryan, Jen Pepperman, Barry Gingold
- Stage Managers: Alan Needleman, Keith Greer, Brendan Higgins
- Production Associates: Kevin Brush, Nathalie Rodriguez
This is Mr. Carpenter's third DGA Award and 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.
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 Director: 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 - Wieden & Kennedy/Portland
- First Assistant Director: Miles Johnstone, Scott Metcalfe
- Second Assistant Director: Michael Brawer
This is Mr. Wall's first DGA Award.
The Boy Who Cried Werewolf
This is Mr. Bross' first DGA Award.
The DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film has traditionally been one of the industry's most accurate barometers for who will win the Best Director Academy Award.
Only six times since the DGA Awards began in 1948 has the Feature Film winner not gone on to win the corresponding Academy Award.
The six exceptions are as follows:
- 1968: Anthony Harvey won the DGA Award for The Lion in Winter while Carol Reed took home the Oscar® for Oliver!
- 1972: Francis Ford Coppola received the DGA's nod for The Godfather while the Academy selected Bob Fosse for Cabaret.
- 1985: Steven Spielberg received his first DGA Award for The Color Purple while the Oscar® went to Sydney Pollack for Out of Africa.
- 1995: Ron Howard was chosen by the DGA for his direction of Apollo 13 while Academy voters selected Mel Gibson for Braveheart.
- 2000: Ang Lee won the DGA Award for his direction of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon while Steven Soderbergh won the Academy Award for Traffic.
- 2002: Rob Marshall won the DGA Award for Chicago at the 55th Annual DGA Awards while Roman Polanski received the Academy Award for The Pianist.