74th Annual DGA Awards


Theatrical Feature Film Nominations are now closed.

The nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Theatrical Feature Film and First-Time Feature Film will be announced on Thursday, January 27, 2022

Please contact Awards@dga.org or (310) 289-2038 if you have any questions.


DGA Award nominees for
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in
Television, Commercials and Documentary for 2021.  


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    Outstanding Directorial Achievement in
    Dramatic Series

    The nominees for the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series for 2021 are (in alphabetical order):

    KEVIN BRAY

    Succession, "Retired Janitors of Idaho"

    (HBO)

    Mr. Bray's Directorial Team:

    • Unit Production Managers: Gabrielle Mahon, Scott Ferguson
    • First Assistant Director: John Silvestri
    • Second Assistant Director: Nicholas Notte
    • Assistant Unit Production Manager: Robert Striem
    • Second Second Assistant Directors: Jimmy Rosario, Nicole Payson
    • Location Manager: Paul Eskenazi


    MARK MYLOD

    Succession, "All the Bells Say"

    (HBO)

    Mr. Mylod's Directorial Team:

    • Unit Production Managers: Gabrielle Mahon, Scott Ferguson
    • First Assistant Director: Christo Morse
    • Second Assistant Directors: Michelle Flevotomas, Nicholas Notte
    • Assistant Unit Production Manager: Robert Striem
    • Location Manager: Paul Eskenazi


    ANDRIJ PAREKH

    Succession, "What It Takes"

    (HBO)

    Mr. Parekh's Directorial Team:

    • Unit Production Managers: Gabrielle Mahon, Scott Ferguson
    • First Assistant Director: Christo Morse
    • Second Assistant Director: Michelle Flevotomas
    • Assistant Unit Production Manager: Robert Striem
    • Second Second Assistant Directors: Jimmy Rosario, Nicole Payson
    • Location Manager: Paul Eskenazi

    ROBERT PULCINI & SHARI SPRINGER BERMAN

    Succession, "Lion in the Meadow"

    (HBO)

    Mr. Pulcini & Ms. Berman’s Directorial Team:

    • Unit Production Managers: Gabrielle Mahon, Scott Ferguson
    • First Assistant Director: Christo Morse
    • Second Assistant Director: Michelle Flevotomas
    • Assistant Unit Production Manager: Robert Striem
    • Second Second Assistant Director: Jimmy Rosario
    • Additional Second Assistant Director: Nicole Payson
    • Location Manager: Paul Eskenazi

    LORENE SCAFARIA

    Succession, "Too Much Birthday"

    (HBO)

    Ms. Scafaria's Directorial Team:

    • Unit Production Managers: Gabrielle Mahon, Scott Ferguson
    • First Assistant Director: John Silvestri
    • Second Assistant Director: Nicholas Notte
    • Assistant Unit Production Manager: Robert Striem
    • Second Second Assistant Directors: Jimmy Rosario, Nicole Payson
    • Additional Second Assistant Director: Matt O'Shea
    • Location Manager: Paul Eskenazi
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    Outstanding Directorial Achievement in
    Comedy Series

    The nominees for the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series for 2021 are (in alphabetical order): 

    LUCIA ANIELLO

    Hacks, "There Is No Line"

    (HBO Max)

    Ms. Aniello's Directorial Team:

    • Unit Production Managers: Melanie J. Elin, David Hyman
    • First Assistant Director: Jeff Rosenberg
    • Second Assistant Director: Erin Stern Linares
    • Second Second Assistant Director: Heidi Hinzman
    • Additional Second Assistant Director: Alaina Neumann

    MJ DELANEY

    Ted Lasso, "No Weddings and a Funeral"

    (Apple TV+)


    ERICA DUNTON

    Ted Lasso, "Rainbow"

    (Apple TV+)


    SAM JONES

    Ted Lasso, "Beard After Hours"

    (Apple TV+)


    MIKE WHITE

    The White Lotus, "Mysterious Monkeys"

    (HBO)

    Mr. White's Directorial Team:

    • Unit Production Manager: Mark Kamine
    • First Assistant Director: Justin Ritson
    • Second Assistant Director: Joe Landry
    • Second Second Assistant Director: Dais Kasagawa
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    Outstanding Directorial Achievement in
    Movies for Television and Limited Series

    The nominees for the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Limited Series for 2021 are (in alphabetical order):

    BARRY JENKINS

    The Underground Railroad

    (Amazon)

    Mr. Jenkins's Directorial Team:

    • Unit Production Manager: Richleigh Heagh
    • First Assistant Director: Liz Tan
    • Second Assistant Director: Elaine Wood
    • Second Second Assistant Director: Wayne Witherspoon
    • Additional Second Assistant Directors: Jesse Carmona, AJ Bruno

    BARRY LEVINSON

    Dopesick, "First Bottle"

    (Hulu)

    Mr. Levinson's Directorial Team:

    • Unit Production Manager: Marc Hammer
    • First Assistant Director: Karen Kane
    • Second Assistant Director: Chelsea Ryan Petrucci
    • Second Second Assistant Director: Alex Bonner

    HIRO MURAI

    Station Eleven, "Wheel of Fire"

    (HBO Max)

    Mr. Murai's Directorial Team:

    • Unit Production Managers: Dana Scott, David Nicksay
    • First Assistant Director: Jennifer Wilkinson
    • Location Manager: Stefan Nikolov

    DANNY STRONG

    Dopesick, "The People vs. Purdue Pharma"

    (Hulu)

    Mr. Strong's Directorial Team:

    • Unit Production Manager: Marc Hammer
    • First Assistant Director: Donald Murphy
    • Second Assistant Director: Peter Dress
    • Second Second Assistant Director: Alex Bonner

    CRAIG ZOBEL

    Mare of Easttown

    (HBO)

    Mr. Zobel's Directorial Team:

    • Unit Production Managers: Karen Wacker, Ron Schmidt
    • First Assistant Director: Kayse Goodell
    • Second Assistant Director: Jackson Rowe
    • Second Second Assistant Directors: Blair Howley, Findlay Zotter
    • Additional Second Assistant Directors: Findlay Zotter, Laura Hoyt
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    Outstanding 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 2021 are (in alphabetical order):

    PAUL G. CASEY

    Real Time with Bill Maher, "Episode 1935: Fareed Zakaria, Chris Christie, Eric Adams"

    (HBO)

    Mr. Casey's Directorial Team:

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

    JIM HOSKINSON

    The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, "Episode 1105"

    (CBS)

    Mr. Hoskinson's Directorial Team:

    • Associate Directors: Yvonne De Mare, Karen Yaeger
    • Stage Managers: Mark McKenna, Jeff Leib

    DON ROY KING

    Saturday Night Live, " Keegan-Michael Key; Olivia Rodrigo"

    (NBC)

    Mr. King's Directorial Team:

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

    DAVID PAUL MEYER

    The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, "Episode 26112"

    (Comedy Central)

    Mr. Meyer's Directorial Team:

    • Associate Director: Kira Klang Hopf
    • Stage Manager: Bennymar Almonte

    PAUL PENNOLINO & CHRISTOPHER WERNER

    Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, "Episode 830 ‑ Season Finale"

    (HBO)

    Mr. Pennolino & Mr. Werner’s Directorial Team:

    • Associate Director: Elliot Mendelson
    • Stage Managers: Mark McKenna, Craig Spinney
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    Outstanding 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 2021 are (in alphabetical order):

    IAN BERGER

    The Daily Show with Trevor Noah Presents, "Jordan Klepper Fingers the Pulse - Into the Magaverse"

    (Comedy Central)


    BO BURNHAM

    Bo Burnham: Inside

    (Netflix)


    PAUL DUGDALE

    Adele: One Night Only

    (CBS)

    Mr. Dugdale's Directorial Team:

    • Associate Director: Hayley Collett
    • Stage Managers: Gary Natoli, Erica Christensen, Zachary Figures, Jackie Stathis

    STAN LATHAN

    Dave Chappelle: The Closer

    (Netflix)

    Mr. Lathan's Directorial Team:

    • Associate Director: Sara Niimi
    • Stage Manager: Valdez Flagg

    GLENN P. WEISS

    The 43rd Annual Kennedy Center Honors

    (CBS)

    Mr. Weiss's Directorial Team:

    • Associate Directors: Ken Diego, Susan Kopensky, Ricky Kirshner, Lisa R. Anderson, Lori Margules
    • Stage Managers: John Esposito, Doug Fogel, Jeffry Gitter, Arthur Lewis, Tammy Raab, Karen Tasch Weiss
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    Outstanding Directorial Achievement in
    Reality Programs

    The nominees for the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Reality Programs for 2021 are (in alphabetical order):

    JOSEPH GUIDRY

    Full Bloom, "Final Floral Face Off"

    (HBO Max)

    Mr. Guidry's Directorial Team:

    • Associate Director: Sean P. Galvin
    • Stage Managers: Myeisha Abram, Kristianna LaRoda, Rachel Shimko

    PATRICK McMANUS

    American Ninja Warrior, "1304: Qualifiers 4"

    (NBC)

    Mr. McManus's Directorial Team:

    • Associate Director: David Massey
    • Stage Managers: Jeff Simms, T.J. Ganser, Wolfgang Delgado

    RAMY ROMANY

    Making the Cut, "Brand Statement"

    (Amazon)

    Mr. Romany's Directorial Team:

    • Associate Director: Ryan Bunnell
    • Stage Managers: Will Baker, Brady Hess

    BEN SIMMS

    Running Wild with Bear Grylls, "Gina Carano In The Dolomites"

    (National Geographic Channel)

    Mr. Simms's Directorial Team:

    • Associate Director: Jeff Simms

    ADAM VETRI

    Getaway Driver, "Electric Shock"

    (Discovery Channel)

    Mr. Vetri's Directorial Team:

    • Associate  Director: John Esposito
    • Stage  Manager: Eric Pai
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    Outstanding Directorial Achievement in
    Children's Programs

    The nominees for the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children’s Programs for 2021 are (in alphabetical order):

    JAMES BOBIN

    The Mysterious Benedict Society, "A Bunch of Smart Orphans"

    (Disney+)

    Mr. Bobin's Directorial Team:

    • Unit Production Manager: Grace Gilroy

    MICHAEL LEMBECK

    The J Team

    (Paramount+)


    PHILL LEWIS

    Head of the Class, "Three More Years"

    (HBO Max)

    Mr. Lewis's Directorial Team:

    • Unit Production Manager: Susan M. Crank
    • First Assistant Director: Rebecca Baughman
    • Second Assistant Director: Oliver Garrett
    • Associate Director: Tim Clark

    SMRITI MUNDHRA

    Through Our Eyes, "Shelter"

    (HBO Max)


    JEFF WADLOW

    Are You Afraid of the Dark?, "The Tale of the Darkhouse"

    (Nickelodeon)

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    Outstanding Directorial Achievement in
    Commercials

    The nominees for the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Commercials for 2021 are (in alphabetical order):

    STEVE AYSON

    (MJZ)

    Anthem, Mattress Firm – Droga5

    • Unit Production Manager: Adriana Cebada-Mora
    • First Assistant Director: George Nessis
    • Second Assistant Directors: Jesse Carmona, Brent Martin

    Award Speech, Miller Lite – DDB Chicago

    Networking, Miller Lite – DDB Chicago


    KATHRYN BIGELOW

    (SMUGGLER)

    Hollywood In Your Pocket, iPhone 13 – Media Arts Lab

    • First Assistant Directors: Allison Kunzman, Arle Bordas
    • Second Assistant Director: Abbey Hansen
    • Second Second Assistant Director: Cody Maher

    IAN PONS JEWELL

    (RESET)

    ECG, Apple Watch – Apple

    Sleep, Apple Watch – Apple

    Time, Squarespace – Squarespace

    Your Mom's Short Ribs, Instacart – Goodby Silverstein


    HENRY‑ALEX RUBIN

    (SMUGGLER)

    Teenage Dream, Sandy Hook Promise – BBDO - New York

    • First Assistant Director: Anthony Dimino
    • Second Assistant Director: David Ebel

    BRADFORD YOUNG

    (Serial Pictures x Somesuch)

    Super. Human., Channel 4 Paralympics – 4Creative

    • First Assistant Director: Jez Oakley
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    Outstanding Directorial Achievement in
    Documentary

    The nominees for the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary for 2021 are (in alphabetical order):

    JESSICA KINGDON

    Ascension

    (MTV Documentary Films/Paramount+)


    STANLEY NELSON

    Attica

    (Showtime)


    RAOUL PECK

    Exterminate All the Brutes

    (HBO)

    Mr. Peck’s Directorial Team:

    • First Assistant Director: Mathias Honoré

    AHMIR "QUESTLOVE" THOMPSON

    Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

    (Searchlight Pictures/Onyx Collective/Hulu)


    ELIZABETH CHAI VASARHELYI & JIMMY CHIN

    The Rescue

    (National Geographic)

    Ms.Vasarhelyi & Mr. Chin’s Directorial Team:

    • First Assistant Director: Joey Coughlin
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  • Complete DGA Awards Schedule:


    THEATRICAL FILM AWARD


    Entry Forms for DGA & Non DGA Films available online

    Thu., Sep. 30, 2021

    For films with a Planned, Scheduled, or Actual Theatrical Release during the period of March 1 through June 14, 2021, the deadline is:

    Fri., Oct. 22, 2021 

    All eligible films theatrically released during the period of June 15, 2021 through December 31, 2021 will be automatically entered by the DGA.

    Online voting for Theatrical Feature Film Nominations opens

    Wed., Dec. 15, 2021

    Deadline to vote online for Theatrical Feature Film Nominations

    Wed., Jan. 26, 2022

    Announce Five Theatrical Feature Film Nominees

    Thu., Jan. 27, 2022

    Online voting for Theatrical Feature Film Award opens

    Thu., Jan. 27, 2022

    Membership Screenings of Nominated Theatrical Feature Films

    Jan. 31 - Feb. 4, 2022

    Deadline to vote online for Theatrical Feature Film Award

    Fri., Mar. 11, 2022


    TELEVISION AWARDS


    Entry Forms for TV & Commercials available online

    Thu., Sep. 30, 2021

    Deadline for Submitting Television and Commercials entries

    Wed., Dec. 1, 2021

    Online voting for Television Nominations opens

    Wed., Dec. 15, 2021

    Deadline to vote online for Television Nominations

    Fri., Jan. 21, 2022

    Announce All Television and Commercials Nominees

    Wed., Jan. 26, 2022


    FIRST-TIME FEATURE FILM DIRECTOR AWARD


    Entry Forms for First-Time Feature Film Director available online

    Thu., Sep. 30, 2021

    First-Time Feature Film Entry Forms and HD Link Submissions:

    Deadline for First-Time Feature Film entries with a planned, scheduled, or actual theatrical release during the period of March 1, 2021 through June 14, 2021

    Fri., Oct. 22, 2021

    Deadline for First-Time Feature Film entries with a theatrical release during the period of June 15, 2021 through December 31, 2021

    Mon., Nov. 8, 2021

    Announce Five First-Time Feature Film Director Nominees

    Thu., Jan. 27, 2022


    DOCUMENTARY AWARD


    Entry Form for Documentary available online

    Thu., Sep. 30, 2021

    Documentary Entry Forms and HD Link Submissions:

     

    Deadline for Documentary entries with a theatrical release or broadcast during the period of March 1, 2021 through June 14, 2021

    Fri., Oct. 22, 2021

    Deadline for Documentary entries with a theatrical release or broadcast during the period of June 15, 2021 through December 31, 2021

    Mon., Nov. 8, 2021

    Announce Documentary Nominees

    Wed., Jan. 26, 2022


    74th ANNUAL DGA AWARDS


    DGA Awards Ceremony

    Saturday, March 12, 2022

    Contact
    For general information:

    DGA Awards Office
    310-289-2038
    Awards@dga.org

    For press inquiries:

    Lily Bedrossian,
    Executive in Charge of Communications
    (310) 289-5334
    lbedrossian@dga.org
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