Nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television

DGA Awards

January 8, 2004

LOS ANGELES, CA - Directors Guild of America President Michael Apted and Awards Committee Chairperson Howard Storm today announced the DGA's nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television for 2003. The winners will be announced at the 56th Annual DGA Awards Dinner on Saturday, February 7, 2004 at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.

"These five directors have used their considerable talents to illuminate the human condition, to tell heroic stories, and to entertain," said DGA President Michael Apted. "I want to congratulate each of them and recognize their contribution to filmmaking."

The nominees are (in alphabetical order):

Jane Anderson

JANE ANDERSON
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HBO

Ms. Anderson's Directorial Team:

Unit Production Manager: Thomas J. Busch
First Assistant Director: James R. Giovannetti, Jr.
Second Assistant Director: Richard Lederer
Second Second Assistant Director: Eric Pot

This is Jane Anderson's first DGA nomination.

Jeff Bleckner

JEFF BLECKNER
Meredith Willson's The Music Man
ABC

Mr. Bleckner's Directorial Team:

First Assistant Director: Richard Peter Schroer

This is Jeff Bleckner's fourth DGA nomination. He was previously nominated for The Beach Boys: An American Family in 2000 and went on to win the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television that year; he was also nominated for Do You Remember Love? in 1985. "Life in the Minors" (Hill Street Blues) garnered him the nomination and DGA Award for Television, Dramatic Series Night in 1983.

Rod Holcomb

ROD HOLCOMB
The Pentagon Papers
FX

This is Rod Holcomb's third DGA nomination. He was nominated for ER (pilot) in 1994 and went on to win the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television that year. He was also nominated for China Beach (pilot) in 1988.

Richard Loncraine

RICHARD LONCRAINE
My House in Umbria
HBO

This is Richard Loncraine's second DGA nomination. He was also nominated in 2002 for The Gathering Storm.

Mike Nichols

MIKE NICHOLS
Angels in America
HBO

Mr. Nichols' Directorial Team:

Unit Production Managers: Jan Foster, Patricia Hess Doherty
First Assistant Director: Mike Haley
Second Assistant Director: Amy Lauritsen
Second Second Assistant Director: Jennifer Truelove
DGA Trainees: Nate Grubb, Peter Koob

This is Mike Nichols' fourth DGA nomination and his first in the category of Movies for Television. He has been nominated for three of his feature films: Working Girl in 1988, The Graduate in 1967, and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? in 1966. He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for The Graduate.

This year, Mike Nichols was selected to receive the 2004 DGA Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his distinguished career in motion picture directing. As the Guild's highest tribute, the Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Nichols at the 56th Annual DGA Awards on February 7, 2004.

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