DGA Announces Nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Theatrical Feature Film for 2019

TFF Noms 2020

January 7, 2020

Los Angeles – Directors Guild of America President Thomas Schlamme today announced the five nominees for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Theatrical Feature Film for 2019.

“In a year full of excellent films, DGA members have chosen an extraordinary group of filmmakers to nominate for this year’s Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Theatrical Feature Film Award,” said Schlamme. “These directors represent the highest standard of filmmaking, and their films are a testament to innovative storytelling, artistic achievement, and the passion that filmmakers share with their audiences. Being nominated by their peers is what makes this award particularly meaningful for directors, and I congratulate all of the nominees for their outstanding work.”


DGA Awards Medallion Small Outstanding Directorial Achievement in
Theatrical Feature Film

The nominees for the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Theatrical Feature Film for 2019 are (in alphabetical order):

BJH

BONG JOON HO 

Parasite

(Neon)

Mr. Bong’s Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Manager: Park Min Chul 
  • First Assistant Director: Kim Seong Sik
 

SM

SAM MENDES

1917

(Universal Pictures)

Mr. Mendes’s Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Managers: Callum McDougall, Hannah Godwin
  • First Assistant Director: Michael Lerman
  • Second Assistant Director: Joey Coughlin
 

MS

MARTIN SCORSESE

The Irishman

(Netflix)

Mr. Scorsese’s Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Managers: John A. Machione, Carla Raij
  • First Assistant Director: David Webb
  • Second Assistant Director: Jeremy Marks
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Trevor Tavares
  • Additional Second Assistant Director: Ryan Robert Howard
  • Location Manager: Kip Myers
 

QT

QUENTIN TARANTINO

Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood

(Columbia Pictures)

Mr. Tarantino's Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Managers: Georgia Kacandes, Nathan Kelly
  • First Assistant Director: William Paul Clark
  • Second Assistant Director: Christopher T. Sadler
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Brendan "Bear" Lee
  • Additional Second Assistant Directors: Debbie Chung, Katie Pruitt

TW

TAIKA WAITITI

Jojo Rabbit

(Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Mr. Waititi's Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Managers: Václav Mottl, Pavel Voráček
  • First Assistant Director: Mark Taylor
  • Second Assistant Director: Martina Götthansová
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Martina Frimelová

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 2019.  

“New voices bring with them the fresh perspectives and unique storytelling that help drive our industry into the future. That’s the spirit of this award, and we’re proud to shine a light on the stand-out directorial achievements of these first-time feature directors,” added Schlamme. “Congratulations to the nominees who so skillfully brought their visions to life through these exceptional films. We look forward to seeing what’s next from this talented group.”


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 2019 are (in alphabetical order):

1st Time FF Noms 2020
 
MATI DIOP

Atlantics

(Netflix)

Ms. Diop’s Directorial Team:

  • First Assistant Director: Vincent Prades

1st Time FF Noms 2020
 
ALMA HAR'EL

Honey Boy

(Amazon Studios)

Ms. Har'el's Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Manager: David Grace
  • First Assistant Director: Sean Vawter
  • Second Assistant Director: Colin Flaherty
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Sarah Balboa

1st Time FF Noms 2020
 
MELINA MATSOUKAS

Queen & Slim

(Universal Pictures)

Ms. Matsoukas's Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Managers: Pamela Hirsch, Max Berryhill (Los Angeles Unit)
  • First Assistant Directors: H.H. Cooper, Joe Suarez (Los Angeles Unit)
  • Second Assistant Directors: James Roque, Johnny Recher (Los Angeles Unit)
  • Second Second Assistant Directors: Sumner Boissiere, Tami Kumin (Ohio Unit)

1st Time FF Noms 2020
 
TYLER NILSON &
MICHAEL SCHWARTZ

The Peanut Butter Falcon

(Roadside Attractions)

Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Manager: Manu Gargi
  • First Assistant Director: James Grayford
  • Second Assistant Director: Dee Jones
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Michael McKay

1st Time FF Noms 2020
 
JOE TALBOT

The Last Black Man in San Francisco

(A24)

Mr. Talbot’s Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Manager: Natalie Teter
  • First Assistant Director: Hilton J. Day
  • Second Assistant Director: Dominic Martin
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Jeremiah Kelleher
  • Additional Second Second Assistant Director: Alex Gilbert

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The winners in all categories will be announced at the
72nd Annual DGA Awards on Saturday, January 25, 2020
at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles.

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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