Kathryn Bigelow wins DGA Feature Film Award for The Hurt Locker. Other winners of 2009 DGA Awards announced.

DGA 62nd Awards

January 31, 2010

LOS ANGELES, CA: The winners of the 2009 Directors Guild of America Outstanding Directorial Achievement Awards and the recipients of the Guild's 2010 Career Achievement Awards were announced tonight during the 62nd Annual DGA Awards Dinner at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles. Kathryn Bigelow won the DGA's Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for The Hurt Locker.

Following the welcome by DGA President Taylor Hackford to an audience of more than 1,600 guests, director/actor Carl Reiner hosted the ceremony.

Presenters included (in show order): Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men), Julie Bowen (Modern Family), Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker), Lea Michele and Matthew Morrison (Glee), DGA Board Member Jesus Trevino, Cheryl Hines (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Zoe Saldana and Sam Worthington (Avatar), Jodie Foster (The Beaver), DGA Board Member Donald Petrie, Carey Mulligan (An Education), Gabourey Sidibe (Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire), President and CEO of Disney Robert Iger, Christina Hendricks (Mad Men), Anna Kendrick and Jason Bateman (Up In The Air), Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds), DGA Secretary/Treasurer Gil Cates, Robert Zemeckis (A Christmas Carol), Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight), Brad Pitt (Inglourious Basterds), Jane Alexander (Terminator Salvation), DGA President Taylor Hackford, and 2008 DGA Feature Film Award winner Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire).

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 1948 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 2009 Directors Guild of America Awards for Outstanding Directorial Achievement, and the recipients of the Guild's 2010 Career Achievement Awards are:


Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film

KATHRYN BIGELOW
The Hurt Locker
(Summit Entertainment)

Ms. Bigelow's Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Manager: Tony Mark
  • First Assistant Director: David Ticotin
  • First Assistant Director (Canadian Unit): Lee Cleary

This is Ms. Bigelow's first DGA Feature Film Award.


Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television/Mini-Series

ROSS KATZ
Taking Chance
(HBO)

Mr. Katz's Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Manager: Lori Keith Douglas
  • First Assistant Director: Robert C. Albertell
  • Second Assistant Director: Vanessa Hoffman
  • Assistant Unit Production Manager: Carla Raij
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Brendan Walsh

This is Mr. Katz's first DGA Award.


Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary

LOUIE PSIHOYOS
The Cove
(Oceanic Preservation Society and Roadside Attractions)

This is Mr. Psihoyos' first DGA Award.


Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series Night

LESLI LINKA GLATTER
Mad Men - "Guy Walks Into An Advertising Agency"
(AMC)

Ms. Linka Glatter's Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Manager: Dwayne Shattuck
  • First Assistant Director: Adam Ben Frank
  • Second Assistant Director: Jessica L. Lowrey
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Elion S. Olson

This is Ms. Linka Glatter's first DGA Award. She was previously nominated in this same category for Twin Peaks ("Episode 32006") in 1990.


Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series

JASON WINER
Modern Family - "Pilot"
(ABC)

Mr. Winer's Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Manager: Howard Griffith
  • First Assistant Director: Lisa Statman
  • Second Assistant Director: Helena Lamb
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Shannon Speaker

This is Mr. Winer's first DGA Award.


Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Musical Variety

DON MISCHER
We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial
(HBO)

Mr. Mischer's Directorial Team:

  • Associate Directors: Gregg M. Gelfand, Lori Margules
  • Stage Managers: Arthur E. Lewis, Dency L. Nelson, Douglas P. Smith, Tammy Raab, Douglas M. Fogel, Jeffrey Pearl, Lauren Class Schneider, Karen T. Weiss, Chris Hines, Elise Reaves

This is Mr. Mischer's tenth DGA Award and 15th nomination. He has won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Musical Variety: in 1978, 1979 and 1980 for The Kennedy Center Honors; in 1982 for Shirley MacLaine - Illusions; in 1983 for Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever; in 1984 for Baryshnikov by Tharp with American Ballet Theatre (co-directed with Twyla Tharp); in 1985 for Motown Returns to the Apollo; in 1989 for Gregory Hines: Tap Dance in America; and in 1996 for Opening Ceremonies: Atlanta Olympic Games. He was also nominated in 1979 for The Third Barry Manilow Special; in 1980 for Goldie and Liza Together; in 1982 for The Kennedy Center Honors; in 1987 for Made in the USA with Mikhail Baryshnikov; and in 2001 for Barbra Streisand "Timeless" (co-directed with Barbra Streisand).


Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Reality Programs

CRAIG BORDERS
Build It Bigger Season 3 - "Hong Kong Bridge"
(Discovery Science)

This is Mr. Borders' first DGA Award. He was previously nominated in this same category for Who Wants to be a Superhero? ("Episode #208") in 2007.


Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Daytime Serials

CHRISTOPHER GOUTMAN
As The World Turns - "Once Upon A Time"
(CBS)

Mr. Goutman's Directorial Team:

  • Associate Directors: Michael Kerner, Carol Sedwick
  • Stage Managers: Nancy Barron, Jennifer Blood
  • Production Associates: Brett Hellman, Alexandra Verner Roalsvig, Jared Lynch

This is Mr. Goutman's first DGA Award. He was previously nominated in this same category for As the World Turns "Episode #12971" in 2007, "Episode #12,166" in 2004, and "Episode #10,446" in 1997.


Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Commercials

TOM KUNTZ
(MJZ UK)

Eyebrows, Cadbury - Fallon London

  • First Assistant Director: Barry W. Wasserman

Tailor, Skittles - TBWA/Chiat Day
Scents For Gents, Old Spice - TBWA/Chiat Day
Tips, Career Builder - Wieden & Kennedy

  • First Assistant Director: Thomas P. Smith
  • Second Assistant Director: Kate Greenberg

This is Mr. Kuntz' first DGA Award. He was previously nominated in this same category in 2008 and in 2006.


Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children's Programs

ALLISON LIDDI-BROWN
Princess Protection Program
(Disney Channel)

Ms. Liddi-Brown's Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Manager: Carlos Anibal Vázquez
  • First Assistant Director: José Gilberto Molinari-Rosaly
  • Second Assistant Director: Colleen Comer

This is Ms. Liddi-Brown's first DGA Award.


Service and Achievement Award Recipients

Lifetime Achievement Award

Norman Jewison, Director

DGA Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Achievement in Motion Picture Direction.

Honorary Life Member Award

Robert Iger, President and CEO of The Walt Disney Company

DGA Honorary Life Member Award in recognition of outstanding creative achievement, contribution to the Directors Guild of America or the profession of directing.

Honorary Life Member Award

Barry Meyer, Chairman and CEO of Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

DGA Honorary Life Member Award in recognition of outstanding creative achievement, contribution to the Directors Guild of America or the profession of directing.

Lifetime Achievement Award in News Direction

Roger Goodman, Director

DGA Lifetime Achievement Award in News Direction for distinguished achievement.

Frank Capra Achievement Award

Cleve Landsberg, DGA AD/UPM Council, West Chairperson, Unit Production Manager

Frank Capra Achievement Award, which is given to 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

Maria Jimenez Henley, Stage Manager

Franklin J. Schaffner Achievement Award for an Associate Director or Stage Manager in recognition of career achievement in the industry and service to the Directors Guild of America.


The DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film has traditionally been one of the industry's most accurate barometers for who will win the Best Director Academy Award.

Only six times since the DGA Awards began in 1948 has the Feature Film winner not gone on to win the corresponding Academy Award.

The six exceptions are as follows:

  • 1968: Anthony Harvey won the DGA Award for The Lion in Winter while Carol Reed took home the Oscar® for Oliver!
  • 1972: Francis Ford Coppola received the DGA's nod for The Godfather while the Academy selected Bob Fosse for Cabaret.
  • 1985: Steven Spielberg received his first DGA Award for The Color Purple while the Oscar® went to Sydney Pollack for Out of Africa.
  • 1995: Ron Howard was chosen by the DGA for his direction of Apollo 13 while Academy voters selected Mel Gibson for Braveheart.
  • 2000: Ang Lee won the DGA Award for his direction of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon while Steven Soderbergh won the Academy Award for Traffic.
  • 2002: Rob Marshall won the DGA Award for Chicago at the 55th Annual DGA Awards while Roman Polanski received the Academy Award for The Pianist.

The 63rd Annual DGA Awards will be held on Saturday, January 29, 2011.

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