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Directors Guild Award Nominees: The Revenant, Mad Max, Spotlight & More

The Directors Guild Of America has released it’s annual DGA Award nominees for film and television. The nominees aren’t especially surprising, given the quality of the films they’re nominated for and the number of nominations they’ve received already for other awards.



  • ALEJANDRO G. IÑÁRRITU – The Revenant
  • TOM McCARTHY – Spotlight
  • ADAM McKAY  – The Big Short
  • GEORGE MILLER – Mad Max: Fury Road
  • RIDLEY SCOTT – The Martian

As I mentioned before, these nominees are relatively unsurprising, but deffinitely deserving of their nominations. It’s no wonder their respective movies continue to rack up nominations for numerous different awards. This group of films, for once, seems to be a group we can all agree are of high quality and deserving of recognition.
Also interesting is the Directors Guild’s new category honoring first time feature film directors. Directors Guild of America President Paris Barclay explained the new category that was announced by Stephen Spielberg at last year’s DGA. “There’s a first time for every feature filmmaker, but not every first time offers fresh viewpoints in storytelling that are imperative in this industry. The first-time feature directors we’re recognizing with this inaugural award we hope will develop successful and lengthy careers. We are excited and invigorated by all they have to offer”. Those nominees are:



  • FERNANDO COIMBRA – A Wolf at the Door
  • JOEL EDGERTON – The Gift
  • ALEX GARLAND – Ex Machina
  • MARIELLE HELLER – The Diary of a Tee
  • LÁSZLÓ NEMES – Son of Saul

The DGA also announced their (rather lengthy) list of television award nominees. We wont go through the entire list as it covers everything from Dramas to commercials, but we’ll list the Drama, Comedy and TV Movies/Mini-Series:

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series


  • MICHAEL ENGLER – Downton Abbey, “Episode 8” (PBS)
  • LESLI LINKA GLATTER – Homeland, “The Tradition of Hospitality” (Showtime)
  • DAVID NUTTER – Game of Thrones, “Mother’s Mercy” (HBO)
  • STEVEN SODERBERGH – The Knick, “Williams and Walker” (Cinemax)
  • MATTHEW WEINER – Mad Men, “Person to Person” (AMC)


Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series


  • CHRIS ADDISON – Veep, “Election Night” (HBO)
  • LOUIS C.K. – Louie, “Sleepover” (FX)
  • MIKE JUDGE – Silicon Valley, “Binding Arbitration” (HBO)
  • GAIL MANCUSO – Modern Family, “White Christmas” (ABC)
  • JILL SOLOWAY – Transparent, “Kina Hora” (Amazon)


Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Mini-Series


  • ANGELA BASSETT – Whitney (Lifetime)
  • LAURIE COLLYER – The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe (Lifetime)
  • PAUL HAGGIS – Show Me a Hero (HBO)
  • KENNY LEON (Directed By), MATTHEW DIAMOND (Live Television Direction By) – The Wiz Live! (NBC)
  • DEE REES – Bessie (HBO)

As we mentioned, this hardly the full list, but you can check out the rest of their television nominees at
For those interested in seeing each nominated film director’s team, such as their Unit Production Managers and Assisstant Directors, be sure to visit
Hosted by Jane Lynch, the DGA Awards will be  held on Saturday February 6th at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. For more information be sure to visit

Written by Jake Fruia

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