SDG Awards 1949

The Screen Directors Guild Awards are established. First Feature Film Directing Award is presented to Joseph L. Mankiewicz for A Letter to Three Wives.

DGA Quarterly Related Articles

DGA Quarterly Variety Cover 1949 Directors Awards

Read about the early years of the DGA Awards in the DGA Quarterly article:


The Man Who Would Be King

King Vidor helped bring directors together to form the Guild and became its first president during the early, perilous years. His legacy as a great filmmaker and fighter for directors' rights continues today.

Director's Cut - 75th Anniversary Video Compilation

Director’s Cut commemorates 75 years of directing history through the compilation of hundreds of clips illustrating the entire range of our members’ work. The focus is on images of directors working—not just the work itself—underscoring to audiences that these lasting images are the result of a director’s vision.

Explore the DGA Visual History Program

In-depth peer-to-peer interviews of veteran Guild members sharing the journey of their artistic and professional careers.