DGA Awards Nominees for Documentary

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January 12, 2011


LOS ANGELES – Directors Guild of America President Taylor Hackford today announced the DGA’s nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary for the year 2010.

"The best documentary filmmaking provides the audience with the rare opportunity of experiencing a life, a place, or a situation that might otherwise be too remote or too unknown to ever discover on our own,” said Hackford.  “The excellent work of our five nominees illuminates, educates and inspires us in extraordinary ways. My congratulations to each of our nominees."

The winner will be announced at the 63rd Annual DGA Awards Dinner on Saturday, January 29, 2011 at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Los Angeles.



The nominees for the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary for 2010 are (in alphabetical order):      

Last Train Home

Eye Steel Film, ITVS
Canada Council for the Arts
Zeitgeist Films

This is Mr. Fan’s first DGA Award nomination.

Inside Job

Representational Pictures
Sony Pictures Classics

This is Mr. Ferguson’s first DGA Award nomination.


Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer

ES Productions
Magnolia Pictures
A&E IndieFilms

This is Mr. Gibney’s second DGA Award nomination.  He was previously nominated in this same category for Taxi to the Dark Side in 2007. 

Waiting for “Superman”

Public Education LLC
Paramount Vantage

Mr. Guggenheim’s Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Manager: Shari Tavey

This is Mr. Guggenheim’s first DGA Award nomination.


Outpost Films
National Geographic Entertainment

This is the first DGA Award nomination for Mr. Hetherington and Mr. Junger.

The DGA will launch a year-long celebration of the DGA’s 75th Anniversary at the DGA Awards on January 29, 2011.  Past DGA Award winners Kathryn Bigelow, James Cameron, Francis Ford Coppola, Clint Eastwood, John Rich, Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg, the evening’s co-chairs, will join the program in special presentations to highlight game-changing moments in DGA history.  Past-president Michael Apted is serving as chair of the year-long anniversary celebration, whose theme is “Game Changers.”  Throughout 2011, the DGA will hold events honoring directors whose impact on film and television forever “changed the game” and influenced generations of filmmakers that followed. 


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