DGA Announces Nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2018

2019 DGAa

January 8, 2019

Los Angeles – Directors Guild of America President Thomas Schlamme today announced the five nominees for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2018. 

“To be chosen by one’s peers in a year full of such extraordinary films is the true mark of outstanding directorial achievement,” said Schlamme. “In bringing all elements of the filmmaking process together, each of these directors has demonstrated an exceptional command of the medium, creating excellence for the screen. Congratulations to all of the nominees.”


DGA Awards Medallion Small Outstanding Directorial Achievement in
Feature Film

The nominees for the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2018 are (in alphabetical order):

71DGAAs

BRADLEY COOPER

A Star Is Born

(Warner Bros. Pictures)

Mr. Cooper’s Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Manager: Robert J. Dohrmann
  • First Assistant Director: Michele "Shelley" Ziegler
  • Second Assistant Director: Xanthus Valan
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Matthew R. Milan

This is one of two DGA Award nominations this year for Mr. Cooper. He is also nominated in the First-Time Feature Film category for A Star Is Born.


71DGAAs

ALFONSO CUARÓN

Roma

(Netflix)

Mr. Cuarón’s Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Manager: Ana Hernández
  • First Assistant Director: René U. Villareal
  • Second Assistant Director: María Dioni
  • Second Second Assistant Directors: Luis Fernando Vásquez, Julián 'Chico’ Valdés

This is Mr. Cuarón’s second DGA Feature Film Award nomination. He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film in 2013 for Gravity.


71DGAAs

PETER FARRELLY

Green Book

(Universal Pictures)

Mr. Farrelly’s Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Managers: Alissa M. Kantrow, John Brister, Franses Simonovich (New York Unit)
  • First Assistant Directors: J.B. Rogers, Alejandro Ramia (New York Unit)
  • Second Assistant Directors: Paul B. Uddo, Jack McKenna (New York Unit)
  • Second Second Assistant Directors: Gerson Paz, Jonathan Warren
  • Location Manager: Louis Zuppardi

This is Mr. Farrelly's first DGA Award nomination.


71DGAAs

SPIKE LEE

BlacKkKlansman

(Focus Features)

Mr. Lee’s Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Manager: Marcei A. Brown
  • First Assistant Director: Mike Ellis
  • Second Assistant Director: Tracey Hinds
  • Second Second Assistant Directors: Jason Perez, Christina Ann Walker, Anastasia Folorunso
  • Location Manager: Tim Stacker

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


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ADAM McKAY

Vice

(Annapurna Pictures)

Mr. McKay’s Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Managers: Julie Hartley, Jeff Waxman
  • First Assistant Director: Matt Rebenkoff
  • Second Assistant Director: Joann Connolly
  • Second Second Assistant Directors: Yarden Levo, Dave Vogel (Washington D.C. Unit)

This is Mr. McKay’s second DGA Feature Film Award nomination. He was previously nominated for The Big Short in 2015. Mr. McKay also received a nomination this year in the Dramatic Series category for Succession .


Nominees for First-Time Feature Film Director Category Announced

In addition, the DGA announced the five nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement of a First-Time Feature Film Director for 2018.  


DGA Awards Medallion Small Outstanding Directorial Achievement in
First-Time Feature Film

The nominees for the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement of a First-Time Feature Film Director for 2018 are (in alphabetical order):

71st DGA Awards Nominee

BO BURNHAM

Eighth Grade

(A24)

Mr. Burnham’s Directorial Team:

  • First Assistant Director: Dan Taggatz
  • Second Assistant Director: Vic Coram
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Evelyn Fogleman

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


71st DGA Awards Nominee

BRADLEY COOPER

A Star Is Born

(Warner Bros. Pictures)

Mr. Cooper’s Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Manager: Robert J. Dohrmann
  • First Assistant Director: Michele "Shelley" Ziegler
  • Second Assistant Director: Xanthus Valan
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Matthew R. Milan

This is one of two DGA Award nominations this year for Mr. Cooper. He is also nominated in the Feature Film category for A Star Is Born.


71st DGA Awards Nominee

CARLOS LÓPEZ ESTRADA

Blindspotting

(Summit Entertainment)

Mr. Estrada’s Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Manager: Chris Harding
  • Assistant Director: La Mar Stewart
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Dominic Martin
  • Additional Second Second Assistant Director: Armin Houshmandi

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


71st DGA Awards Nominee

MATTHEW HEINEMAN

A Private War

(Aviron Pictures)

Mr. Heineman’s Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Manager: Louise Killin
  • First Assistant Directors: George Walker, Peter Freeman (Jordan Unit)
  • Second Assistant Directors: Tom Mulberge (UK Unit), Tom Browne (Jordan Unit)
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Tarik Afifi (Jordan Unit)

This is Mr. Heineman’s third DGA Award nomination. He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary in 2017 for City of Ghosts and in 2015 for Cartel Land.


71st DGA Awards Nominee

BOOTS RILEY

Sorry to Bother You

(Annapurna Pictures)

Mr. Riley’s Directorial Team:

  • Production Manager: Chris Martin
  • First Assistant Director: Brian Benson
  • Second Assistant Director: Hilton Jamal Day
  • Second Second Assistant Directors: Sam Purdy, Nick Alvarez

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

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The nominees in nine categories honoring outstanding directorial achievement
in television, commercials and documentary for 2018 were announced on
January 7, 2019. Click here to see that release.

The winners in all categories will be announced at the
71st Annual DGA Awards on Saturday, February 2, 2019
at the Hollywood and Highland Center's Ray Dolby Ballroom in Hollywood.

To apply for a press credential to cover the DGA Awards,
please go to DGA.org/Awards to download an application.

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