DGA Announces Winners of 2002 Outstanding Directorial Achievement Awards & Recipients of DGA 2003 Special Recognition Awards

DGA Awards

March 2, 2003

The winners of the 2002 Directors Guild of America Outstanding Directorial Achievement Awards and the recipients of the DGA's 2003 Lifetime Achievement Awards were announced tonight at the 55th Annual DGA Awards Dinner at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.

Carl Reiner hosted the Awards ceremony which attracted a record 1,650 guests, including the full slate of presenters: Alan Alda (Betsy's Wedding), Kathy Bates (About Schmidt), Cate Blanchett (The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers), Adrien Brody (The Pianist), LeVar Burton (Blizzard), Gil Cates (A Death in the Family and producer of numerous Academy Awards), Michael C. Hall (Six Feet Under), Salma Hayek (Frida), Cheryl Hines (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind), Michael Keaton (Live From Baghdad), Peter Krause (Six Feet Under), Daniel Day-Lewis (Gangs of New York), Julianne Moore (The Hours), Joe Pesci (Goodfellas), John C. Reilly (Chicago, Gangs of New York, The Hours), Rob Reiner (The American President), Martin Sheen (The West Wing), Steven Spielberg (Catch Me If You Can) and Renée Zellweger (Chicago).

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 five times since the DGA Award's inception in 1949 has the winner not gone on to receive the Academy Award for Best Director.

The winners of the 2002 Directors Guild of America Awards for Outstanding Directorial Achievement, and the recipients of the Guild's 2003 Lifetime Achievement Awards, are:

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film For 2002

Rob Marshall ROB MARSHALL
Chicago

Mr. Marshall's Directorial Team:

  • Production Manager: Joyce Kozy King
  • First Assistant Director: Myron Hoffert
  • Second Assistant Director: Grant Lucibello

This is Rob Marshall's first DGA Feature Film Nomination.

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television for 2002

Mick Jackson MICK JACKSON
Live From Baghdad - (HBO)

Mr. Jackson's Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Manager: Charles Skouras III
  • First Assistant Director: Mary Ellen Woods
  • Second Assistant Director: Kristen M. Ploucha
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Sally Sue Beisel

This is Jackson's third DGA Nomination. He was previously nominated in 1995 for Indictment: The McMartin Trial, and again in 1999 for Tuesdays With Morrie, both of which garnered him the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies For Television.

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series Night for 2002

John Patterson JOHN PATTERSON
"Whitecaps" The Sopranos - HBO
  • Unit Production Manager: Scott Hornbacher
  • First Assistant Director: Michael DeCasper
  • Second Assistant Director: Kristin Cameron-Bernstein
  • Second Second Assistant Director: John Silvestri
  • Additional Second Assistant Director: Mikki Ziska

This is Patterson's second DGA Nomination. His first nomination was in 2000 for The Sopranos episode, "Funhouse."

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series for 2002

Bryan Gordon BRYAN GORDON
"Special Section" Curb Your Enthusiasm - HBO
  • Associate Directors: Dale Stern, Tim Gibbons
  • Stage Manager: Jonathan Harris

This is Gordon's first DGA Nomination.

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Musical Variety for 2002

Matthew Diamond MATTHEW DIAMOND
From Broadway: Fosse Great Performances: Dance in America - PBS
  • Associate Director: Rae Kraus, Kenneth Diego
  • Stage Manager: Henry Neimark

This is Diamond's third DGA Award Nomination for this category. He received his first nomination in 1995 for Some Enchanted Evening, Celebrating Oscar Hammerstein, which won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Musical Variety. He was nominated again in 1998 for Savion Glover - Stomp, Slide & Swing in Performance in The White House.

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Daytime Serials for 2002

Scott McKinsey SCOTT McKINSEY
Port Charles, (Episode #1433) - ABC
  • Associate Directors: Jeff Rabin, Jo Ann Smith
  • Stage Managers: Michele Azenzer, Jay Zabriskie, Craig McManus, Susan Diamant-Neigher, Lisa Winther Huston
  • Production Associates: Lisa Kaseff, Lisabeth Markman, Marika Kushel

This is McKinsey's fourth DGA Nomination. His previous nominations, all for his direction of General Hospital, were received in 1995, 1996, and again in 1997 when he won the DGA Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Daytime Serials Award.

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children's Programs for 2002

Guy Ferland GUY FERLAND
Bang Bang You're Dead - Showtime

This is Ferland's first DGA Nomination.

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Commercials for 2002

Smith BAKER SMITH
Production Company: harvest films

"Black Bands" - Canal + - Euro RSCG BETC

  • First Assistant Director: Brad Stevenson

"Lightning" - Fox Sports - Cliff Freeman & Partners

  • First Assistant Director: Gary Fiel
  • Second Assistant Directors: Patrick Farrell, Robert Kay

"Wind" - Fox Sports - Cliff Freeman & Partners

  • First Assistant Director: Brad Stevenson
  • Second Assistant Directors: Patrick Farrell, Robert Kay

"Clown" - Mini BMW Cooper - Crispin Porter Bogusky

  • First Assistant Director: Brad Stevenson
  • Second Assistant Director: Christian Van Fleet

"Visigoths" - Canal + - Euro RSCG BETC

  • First Assistant Director: Brad Stevenson

This is Smith's second DGA Nomination. He was nominated last year for "Asylum" (Toshiba), "Nail Gun" (Fox Sports), "Cheryl 'n Me" (Lucky Magazine), and "Birth Of Scratching" (Heineken).

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary for 2002

Tasha Oldham TASHA OLDHAM
The Smith Family
Small Town Productions - Theatrical Release

This is Oldham's first DGA Nomination.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Martin Scorsese MARTIN SCORSESE

For distinguished achievement in Motion Picture Direction.

Honorary Life Member Award

John Rich JOHN RICH

For recognition of outstanding creative achievement, or contribution to the Guild, or the profession of Directing.

Robert B. Aldrich Award

Jud Taylor JUD TAYLOR, DGA Past President

For extraordinary service to the Directors Guild of America and to its membership.

Frank Capra Achievement Award

Yudi Bennett YUDI BENNETT

For an Assistant Director or Unit Production Manager in Recognition of Career Achievement in the Industry and Service to the DGA.

Franklin J. Schaffner Achievement Award

Esperanza 'Candy' Martinez ESPERANZA "CANDY" MARTINEZ

For an Associate Director or Stage Manager in Recognition of Service to the Industry and to the DGA.

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