76th DGA Awards Winner Christopher Nolan


76th Annual DGA Awards

Los Angeles - The winners of the Directors Guild of America Awards for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in 2023 were announced tonight during the 76th Annual DGA Awards at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills. Christopher Nolan won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Theatrical Feature Film for Oppenheimer.

Judd Apatow hosted the ceremony before an audience of more than 1,100 guests. Presenters included (in alphabetical order): Matt Bomer, Rose Byrne, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Zooey Deschanel, David Duchovny, Jay Ellis, Carla Gallo, Ilana Glazer, Ryan Gosling, Taylor Hackford, Jonah Hill, Patty Jenkins, Rashida Jones, Daniel Kwan, Eva Longoria, Cillian Murphy, Nasim Pedrad, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel Sennott, Daniel Scheinert, Emma Stone, Glenn Weiss, and Jeffrey Wright.

The 2024 Lifetime Achievement Award for Television Direction was awarded to acclaimed Director of episodic television DAVID NUTTER. The 2024 Frank Capra Achievement Award was presented to Unit Production Manager JANET KNUTSEN for her exceptional work and dedication to the Guild. GARY NATOLI was named the 2024 Franklin J. Schaffner Award winner for his exceptional work as a Stage Manager and tireless service to the Guild.


Winners & Special Award Recipients 
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Outstanding Directorial Achievement in
Theatrical Feature Film

The winner of the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Theatrical Feature Film for 2023 is:

Christopher Nolan

CHRISTOPHER NOLAN

Oppenheimer

(Universal Pictures)

  • Unit Production Managers: Thomas Hayslip, Nathan Kelly, Rafael Lima (New Jersey/New York Unit)

  • First Assistant Director: Nilo Otero
  • Second Assistant Director: Andrew Stahl
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Jesse Carmona
  • Additional Second Assistant Directors: Dixon McPhillips, Richard Molloy (New Jersey/New York Unit), AJ Jackson (New Jersey/New York Unit)
  • Location Manager: Patty Carey Perazzo (New Jersey/New York Unit)

This was Mr. Nolan’s fifth DGA Theatrical Feature Film Award nomination. He was previously nominated for Dunkirk in 2017, Inception in 2010, The Dark Knight in 2008 and Memento in 2001.


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Michael Apted Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in
First-Time Theatrical Feature Film

The winner of the Directors Guild of America Michael Apted Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement of a First-Time Feature Film Director for 2023 is:

Celine Song

CELINE SONG

Past Lives

(A24)

  • Unit Production Manager: Kerry Johnson
  • First Assistant Director: Ben Kahn
  • Second Assistant Director: Geraldine Schubert
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Dan Levy
  • Location Manager: Joseph Mullaney

This is Ms. Song’s first DGA Award nomination.



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Outstanding Directorial Achievement in
Dramatic Series

The winners of the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series for 2023 is:

Peter Hoar

PETER HOAR

The Last of Us
“Long, Long Time”

(HBO | MAX)

  • Unit Production Manager: Cecil O’Connor
  • First Assistant Director: Bethan Mowat

This is Mr. Hoar’s first DGA Award nomination.


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Outstanding Directorial Achievement in
Comedy Series

The winner of the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series for 2023 is: 

Christopher Storer

CHRISTOPHER STORER

The Bear

“Fishes”

(FX)

  • Unit Production Managers: Tyson Bidner, Carrie Holt de Lama
  • First Assistant Directors: Duccio Fabbri, Pablo Gambetta
  • Second Assistant Director: Larissa Malarek
  • Second Second Assistant Directors: Olivia Dame, Hirotatsu Taniguchi, Lauren Mrozek
  • Location Manager: Maria C. Roxas

This was Mr. Storer’s second DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in this same category in 2022 for The Bear, “Review.”


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Outstanding Directorial Achievement in
Movies for Television and Limited Series

The winner of the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Limited Series for 2023 is:

Sarah Adina Smith

SARAH ADINA SMITH

Lessons in Chemistry

“Her and Him”

(Apple TV+)

  • Unit Production Manager: Steven Brown
  • First Assistant Director: Kristofer Kolpek
  • Second Assistant Director: Deborah Chung
  • Second Second Assistant Directors: Gabriella Vidal, Jake Halstead

This is Ms. Smith’s first DGA Award nomination.


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Outstanding Directorial Achievement in
Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Regularly Scheduled Programming

The winners of the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Regularly Scheduled Programming for 2023 are:

LIZ PATRICK MICHAEL MANCINI

MICHAEL MANCINI
& LIZ PATRICK

Saturday Night Live

“Pedro Pascal / Coldplay”

(NBC)

  • Associate Directors: Janine DeVito, Michael Poole, Laura Ouziel-Mack
  • Stage Managers: Gena Rositano, Chris Kelly, Eddie Valk

This is Mr. Mancini’s first DGA Award nomination.

This was Ms. Patrick’s second DGA Award nomination. She previously won in this same category in 2022 for Saturday Night Live, “Host and Musical Guest Jack Harlow.”


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Outstanding Directorial Achievement in
Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Specials

The winner of the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Specials for 2023 is:

Paul Miller

PAUL MILLER

Carol Burnett: 90 Years of Laughter + Love

(NBC)

  • Associate Director: Sara Niimi
  • Stage Managers: Gary Natoli, Alissa Levisohn Hoyo, Christopher McDonald, Jackie Stathis

This was Mr. Miller’s third DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in the Musical Variety category in 1990 for In Living Color, “Premiere.” He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Musical Variety in 1998 for The 52nd Annual Tony Awards.


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Outstanding Directorial Achievement in
Reality Programs

The winner of the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Reality Programs for 2023 is:

NIHARIKA DESAI

NIHARIKA DESAI

Rainn Wilson and the Geography of Bliss, “Happiness is a Bottle of Cod Liver Oil”

(Peacock)

This is Ms. Desai’s first DGA Award nomination.


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Outstanding Directorial Achievement in
Children's Programs

The winner of the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children’s Programs for 2023 is:

Amy Schatz

AMY SCHATZ

Stand Up & Shout: Songs From a Philly High School

(HBO | MAX)

This was Ms. Schatz’s thirteenth DGA Award nomination. She previously won seven DGA Awards in this category for: We Are the Dream: The Kids of the Oakland MLK Oratorical Fest in 2020, Song of Parkland in 2019, 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 five times in this category for Saving My Tomorrow, “Part 3” in 2015, 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 and Through a Child’s Eyes: September 11, 2001 in 2002.


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Outstanding Directorial Achievement in
Commercials

The winner of the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Commercials for 2023 is:

Kim Gehrig

KIM GEHRIG

Somesuch

Run This Town, Apple Music - Apple (Client Direct)

  • First Assistant Director: Zaida Fakih

The Travelers, Expedia - Wieden & Kennedy

  • First Assistant Director: David Webb

This was Ms. Gehrig’s second DGA Award nomination. She previously won in this category in 2022 for Run Baby Run (iPhone) and Accessibility (Apple).


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Outstanding Directorial Achievement in
Documentary

The winner of the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary for 2023 is:

MSTYSLAV CHERNOV

MSTYSLAV CHERNOV

20 Days in Mariupol

(PBS Distribution)

This is Mr. Chernov’s first DGA Award nomination.


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DGA Awards Medallion SmallLifetime Achievement & Service Award Recipients

 

David Nutter

DAVID NUTTER

Lifetime Achievement Award
in Television

This award, which is given to a Director in recognition of distinguished achievement in television direction, is the Guild's highest honor and the recipient is selected by the present and past presidents of the Guild.


Janet Knutsen

JANET G. KNUTSEN

Frank Capra Achievement Award

This award is 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


Gary Natoli

GARY NATOLI

Franklin J. Schaffner Achievement Award

This award is 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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The 76th DGA Awards Producer is Ben Roy of Ben Roy Entertainment.


Cadillac is the Official Automotive Sponsor of the 76th Annual DGA Awards.


Entry Forms

 

Studio Screenings

Listed below are pre-nomination Awards screenings open to DGA members. Please adhere to the guidelines set forth by each company. Your attendance at these screenings is subject to the RSVP instructions contained in the screening notice.