DGA Announces Winners of 2005 Outstanding Directorial Achievement Awards & Recipients of DGA 2006 Career Achievement Awards

58th DGA Awards Feature Film Ang Lee

January 29, 2006

LOS ANGELES, CA - The winners of the 2005 Directors Guild of America Outstanding Directorial Achievement Awards and the recipients of the Guild's 2006 Career Achievement Awards were announced tonight during the 58th Annual DGA Awards Dinner at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles. Ang Lee won the DGA's Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for Brokeback Mountain. The Guild also bestowed its highest honor, the Lifetime Achievement Award, on Director Clint Eastwood.

Following the welcome from DGA President Michael Apted to an audience of 1,800 guests, Actor/Director/Comedian Carl Reiner hosted the Awards ceremony for the twentieth time. Presenters included: Peter Bergman (The Young and the Restless); Patricia Clarkson and David Strathairn (Good Night, And Good Luck); Matt Dillon and Thandie Newton (Crash); Jake Gyllenhaal, Heath Ledger and Randy Quaid (Brokeback Mountain); Patricia Heaton (Everybody Loves Raymond); Cheryl Hines (Curb Your Enthusiasm); Philip Seymour Hoffman and Catherine Keener (Capote); DGA Award-winning Director Ron Howard (The Da Vinci Code); DGA Board Member Robert Butler (The Division); Anjelica Huston (Art School Confidential); John Leguizamo (Assault on Precinct 13); S. Epatha Merkerson (Lackawanna Blues); Jaime Pressly (My Name is Earl); Emmy Rossum (The Phantom of the Opera); Geoffrey Rush (Munich); and Ziyi Zhang (Memoirs of a Geisha).

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. (See list at the end of this release.)

The winners of the 2005 Directors Guild of America Awards for Outstanding Directorial Achievement, and the recipients of the Guild's 2006 Career Achievement Awards, are:

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2005

ANG LEE
Brokeback Mountain
(Focus Features)

Mr. Lee's Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Managers: Scott Ferguson, Tom Benz
  • First Assistant Directors: Michael Hausman, Pierre Tremblay
  • Second Assistant Director: Brad Moerke

This was Mr. Lee's second win and third DGA Award nomination. He received a previous nomination for Sense and Sensibility (1995) and won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000).

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies For Television for 2005 (tie)

JOSEPH SARGENT
Warm Springs
(HBO)

Mr. Sargent's Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Manager: Carl Clifford
  • First Assistant Director: Cas Donovan
  • Second Assistant Director: Michael Helfand
  • Second Second Assistant Directors: Rhonda Guthrie, Mark Trapenberg

This was Mr. Sargent's fourth win and eighth DGA Award nomination. He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television in 2004 for Something the Lord Made and in 1973 for The Marcus Nelson Murders. In 1973 he also won the DGA Television Award for Most Outstanding TV Director. 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.

and

GEORGE C. WOLFE
Lackawanna Blues
(HBO)

Mr. Wolfe's Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Managers: Nellie Nugiel, Mary Kane
  • First Assistant Director: Drew Ann Rosenberg
  • Second Assistant Directors: Barbara Ravis, Maria Mantia
  • Second Second Assistant Directors: Anthony Kountz, Robin Jorden

This was Mr. Wolfe's first DGA Award nomination.

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series Night for 2005

MICHAEL APTED
Rome - "The Stolen Eagle"
HBO

Mr. Apted's Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Manager: Stanley Wlodkowski
  • First Assistant Directors: Sergio Ercolessi, Julie Bloom, Thomas Gormley
  • Second Assistant Directors: Barbara Ravis, Kiersten Miller

This was Mr. Apted's first win and third DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in the Feature Film category for Coal Miner's Daughter in 1980, and in the Dramatic Series Night category for The Collection-Harold Pinter (PBS Special) in 1978.

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series for 2005

MARC BUCKLAND
My Name is Earl - "Pilot"
NBC

Mr. Buckland's Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Manager: Henry Lange, Jr.
  • First Assistant Director: Joan Cunningham
  • Second Assistant Director: Jeff Bilger
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Stacy Schrader

This was Mr. Buckland's first DGA Award nomination.

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Musical Variety for 2005

MATTHEW DIAMOND
Great Performances: Dance in America - Swan Lake with American Ballet Theater
PBS

Mr. Diamond's Directorial Team:

  • Associate Director: Rae Kraus
  • Stage Manager: David Fox

This was Mr. Diamond's third win and fifth DGA Award nomination. He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Musical Variety in 2002 for From Broadway: Fosse and in 1995 for Some Enchanted Evening, Celebrating Oscar Hammerstein. He was nominated in 1998 for Savion Glover - Stomp, Slide & Swing: Performance In The White House, and also in 1998 in the Documentary category for Dance Maker.

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Reality Programs for 2005 (tie)

TONY CROLL
Three Wishes - "Episode #1, Pilot"
NBC

This was Mr. Croll's first DGA Award nomination.

and

J. RUPERT THOMPSON
Fear Factor - "Heist Fear Factor, Season 6 Premiere"
NBC

Mr. Thompson's Directorial Team:

  • Stage Manager: John Stewart

This was Mr. Thompson's first DGA Award nomination.

The DGA Reality Programs Award is a new category.

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Daytime Serials for 2005

OWEN RENFROE
General Hospital - Episode #10914
ABC

Mr.Renfroe's Directorial Team:

  • Associate Directors: Ron Cates, Christine Magarian, Penny Pengra, Peter Fillmore
  • Stage Managers: Craig McManus, Crystal Craft
  • Production Associates: Lisa Kaseff, Denise Van Cleave, Christine Cooper

This was Mr. Renfroe's first DGA Award nomination.

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary for 2005

WERNER HERZOG
Grizzly Man
Lions Gate Films/Discovery Documentaries

This was Mr. Herzog's first DGA Award nomination.

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Commercials for 2005

CRAIG GILLESPIE
Production Company: MJZ

Surprise Dinner, Ameriquest
Mini-Mart, Ameriquest - DDB Direct LA

  • Unit Production Manager: Deborah Tietjen
  • First Assistant Director: Ken Gilbert
  • Second Assistant Director: Christian Van Fleet

People of Pain, Altoids
Fable of the Fruit Bat, Altoids - Leo Burnett, Chicago

  • Unit Production Manager: Deborah Tietjen
  • First Assistant Director: Ken Gilbert
  • Second Assistant Director: Christian Van Fleet

This is Mr. Gillespie's third DGA nomination in this category. He was previously nominated in 2001 and 2002.

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children's Programs for 2005

CHRIS EYRE
Edge of America
Showtime

Mr. Eyre's Directorial Team:

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

This was Mr. Eyre's first DGA Award nomination.

Special Awards 2006

DGA Lifetime Achievement Award

CLINT EASTWOOD

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

Frank Capra Achievement Award

JERRY H. ZIESMER

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

DONALD E. JACOB

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

DGA Lifetime Achievement Award in Sports Direction

JOSEPH R. ACETI

For Distinguished Achievement in Sports Program Direction.

Contact
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Director of Media Relations
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