DGA Announces Winners of 2004 Outstanding Directorial Achievement Awards & Recipients of DGA 2005 Career Achievement Awards

57th Annual DGA Awards

January 30, 2005

LOS ANGELES, CA - The winners of the 2004 Directors Guild of America Outstanding Directorial Achievement Awards and the recipients of the DGA's 2005 Career Achievement Awards were announced tonight at the 57th Annual DGA Awards Dinner at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.

For the nineteenth time, Actor/Director/Comedian Carl Reiner hosted the Awards ceremony before an audience of 1,200 guests. The presenters included: DGA President Michael Apted; Mischa Barton (The O.C.); Jason Bateman (Arrested Development); DGA Board member LeVar Burton; Sandra Oh and Paul Giamatti (Sideways); Teri Hatcher (Desperate Housewives); Regina King and Kerry Washington (Ray); Diane Lane (Unfaithful); Director Garry Marshall (The Princess Diaries); Ian McShane (Deadwood); Edward James Olmos (Battlestar Galactica); DGA Second Vice President Ed Sherin; Abby Singer; Academy Award® winner Halle Berry (Monster's Ball); DGA Lifetime Achievement Award winner Steven Spielberg; and 77th Annual Academy Award® nominees: Cate Blanchett (The Aviator), Leonardo DiCaprio (The Aviator), Thomas Haden Church (Sideways), Jamie Foxx (Ray and Collateral), Morgan Freeman (Million Dollar Baby), Virginia Madsen (Sideways), Catalina Sandino Moreno (Maria Full of Grace) and Hilary Swank (Million Dollar Baby).

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 1949 has the winner not gone on to receive the Academy Award for Best Director.

The winners of the 2004 Directors Guild of America Awards for Outstanding Directorial Achievement, and the recipients of the Guild's 2005 Career Achievement Awards, are:

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2004

Clint Eastwood CLINT EASTWOOD
Million Dollar Baby
(Warner Bros. Pictures)

Mr. Eastwood's Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Manager: Tim Moore
  • First Assistant Director: Robert Lorenz
  • Second Assistant Director: Donald Murphy
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Katie Carroll
  • Additional Second Assistant Director: Ryan D. Craig

This is Mr. Eastwood’s second DGA Feature Film Award. His prior win was for Unforgiven (1992) and he also received a nomination for Mystic River (2003).

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies For Television for 2004

Joe Sargent JOE SARGENT
Something the Lord Made
(HBO)

Mr. Sargent's Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Manager: Karyn McCarthy
  • First Assistant Director: Michele Ziegler
  • Second Assistant Director: Joseph Incaprera
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Xanthus Valan

This is Sargent's third win out of seven previous DGA nominations. He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television in 1973 for The Marcus Nelson Murders. That year he also won the DGA Television Award for Most Outstanding TV Director 1973. Sargent's previous nominations include: For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story in 2000; A Lesson Before Dying in 1999; Miss Evers' Boys in 1997; World War II: When Lions Roared in 1994; and Miss Rose White in 1992.

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series Night for 2004

Walter Hill WALTER HILL
Deadwood – Pilot
HBO

Mr. Hill's Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Manager: Gregg Feinberg
  • First Assistant Director: James Hensz
  • Second Assistant Director: Kenneth B. Roth
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Kevin Turley

This is Hill's first DGA Award.

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series for 2004

Timothy Van Patten TIMOTHY M. VAN PATTEN
Sex and the City - "An American Girl in Paris: Part Deux"
HBO

Mr. Van Patten's Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Managers: Jane Raab, Margo Myers
  • First Assistant Director: Bettiann Fishman
  • Second Assistant Director: Peter Soldo

This is Van Patten’s second win in the Comedy Series category out of four DGA Award nominations. In 2003, he won the DGA Award in the Comedy Series category for "Boy Interrupted" (Sex and the City). In 2002, he was nominated in the Dramatic Series Night category for "Whoever Did This" (The Sopranos). This year, he was also nominated in the Dramatic Series Night category for "Long Term Parking" (The Sopranos).

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Musical Variety for 2004

Bruce Gowers BRUCE GOWERS
Genius: A Night For Ray Charles
CBS

Mr. Gowers' Directorial Team:

  • Associate Directors: Laura Lyons, Paige Rabban Hadley, Leslie Wilson
  • Stage Managers: Gary Natoli, Valdez Flagg, Harve Levine, Dency Nelson, Jacqueline Stathis, Debbie Williams

This was Gowers' first DGA Award win. He was also nominated for Fleetwood Mac Reunion Special in 1997.

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Daytime Serials for 2004

Bruce Barry BRUCE BARRY
Guiding Light - Episode #14,321
CBS

Mr. Barry's Directorial Team:

  • Associate Director: Tracey Bryggman
  • Stage Managers: Ann Vettel, Adam Reist
  • Production Associate: Jan Conklin

This is Barry's first DGA Award out of five nominations for Daytime Serials. His previous nominations – in 2000, 1996, 1995 and 1993 – were all for episodes of Guiding Light.

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary for 2004

Byambasuren Davaa; Luigi Falorni BYAMBASUREN DAVAA & LUIGI FALORNI
The Story of the Weeping Camel (Die Geschichte vom weinenden Kamel)

This is Davaa & Falorni's first DGA Award.

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Commercials for 2004

Noam Murro NOAM MURRO
Production Company: Biscuit Filmworks

Carry, Adidas - TBWA Chiat/Day San Francisco

  • First Assistant Director: Gary Feil
  • Second Assistant Directors: Robert Kay, Brian Stevens, James Veal

Glen, Starbucks - Fallon, NY

  • First Assistant Director: James Giovannetti
  • Second Assistant Director: Susie Balaban

Toy Boat, eBay - Goodby, Silverstein & Partners

  • First Assistant Director: Gary Feil
  • Second Assistant Directors: Robert Kay, James Veal

This is Murro's first DGA Award. He was previously nominated in 2003 and 2002 for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Commercials.

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children's Programs for 2004

Stuart Gillard STUART GILLARD
Going to the Mat
Disney Channel

Mr. Gillard's Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Manager: Donald Schain
  • First Assistant Director: Matias Alvarez
  • Second Assistant Director: Miriam Footer
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Christopher Barnes

This is Gillard's first DGA Award.

Special Awards 2004

DGA Presidents Award

Gilbert Cates

GILBERT CATES

For Leadership and Extraordinary Efforts in Enhancing the Welfare and Image of the Directors Guild of America and the Industry.

Frank Capra Achievement Award

Herb Adelman

HERB ADELMAN

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

Franklin J. Schaffner Achievement Award

Stanley Faer

STANLEY FAER

For an Associate Director or Stage Manager in Recognition of Career Achievement in the Industry and Service to the Directors Guild of America.

DGA Diversity Award

Stephen McPherson

STEPHEN McPHERSON

For Outstanding Commitment to and Leadership in the Hiring of Women and Ethnic Minorities in DGA Categories.

Contact
Lily Bedrossian -
Director of Media Relations
(310) 289-5334
lbedrossian@dga.org