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DGA Awards Go to Jane Campion, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and More!

The Directors Guild of America sure didn’t leave any Oscar surprises last night. In giving their top prize to Jane Campion for The Power of the Dog, DGA has confirmed what we all already knew. Campion has this Academy Award locked up. For the rest of the DGA winners, see below, but Campion and Maggie Gyllenhaal for The Lost Daughter were the big victors, making it a great evening for Netflix.

Here is the DGA press release:

Los Angeles – The winners of the Directors Guild of America Outstanding Directorial Achievement Awards for 2021 were announced tonight during the 74th Annual DGA Awards at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills. Jane Campion won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Theatrical Feature Film for The Power of the Dog.

Judd Apatow hosted the ceremony before an audience of more than 800 guests. Presenters included (in alphabetical order): Pamela Adlon, Stephanie Beatriz, Kathryn Bigelow, LeVar Burton, Brian Cox, Kieran Culkin, Julie Delpy, Ernest Dickerson, Kirsten Dunst, Andrew Garfield, Leila George, Louis J. Horvitz, Ken Jeong, Natasha Lyonne, Michael Mann, Rita Moreno, Christopher Nolan, Jesse Plemons, Martin Scorsese, Sarah Snook, Jeremy Strong, and Chloé Zhao.

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OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN THEATRICAL FEATURE FILM

JANE CAMPION

The Power of the Dog

(Netflix)

This is Ms. Campion’s second DGA Award nomination. She was previously nominated in this category in 1993 for The Piano.

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT OF A FIRST-TIME FEATURE FILM DIRECTOR 

MAGGIE GYLLENHAAL

The Lost Daughter

(Netflix)

This is Ms. Gyllenhaal’s first DGA Award nomination.

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMATIC SERIES

MARK MYLOD

Succession, “All the Bells Say”

(HBO)

Mr. Mylod’s Directorial Team:

·        Unit Production Managers: Gabrielle Mahon, Scott Ferguson

·        First Assistant Director: Christo Morse

·        Second Assistant Directors: Michelle Flevotomas, Nicholas Notte

·        Assistant Unit Production Manager: Robert Striem

·        Location Manager: Paul Eskenazi

This is Mr. Mylod’s second DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in this category in 2020 for Succession, “This Is Not for Tears.”

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN COMEDY SERIES

LUCIA ANIELLO

Hacks, “There Is No Line”

(HBO Max)

Ms. Aniello’s Directorial Team:

·        Unit Production Managers: Melanie J. Elin, David Hyman

·        First Assistant Director: Jeff Rosenberg

·        Second Assistant Director: Erin Stern Linares

·        Second Second Assistant Director: Heidi Hinzman

·        Additional Second Assistant Director: Alaina Neumann

This is Ms. Aniello’s first DGA Award nomination.

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN MOVIES FOR TELEVISION AND LIMITED SERIES

BARRY JENKINS

The Underground Railroad

(Amazon)

Mr. Jenkins’s Directorial Team:

·        Unit Production Manager: Richleigh Heagh

·        First Assistant Director: Liz Tan

·        Second Assistant Director: Elaine Wood

·        Second Second Assistant Director: Wayne Witherspoon

·        Additional Second Assistant Directors: Jesse Carmona, AJ Bruno

This is Mr. Jenkins’s second DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in the Theatrical Feature Film category in 2016 for Moonlight.

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN VARIETY/TALK/NEWS/SPORTS – REGULARLY SCHEDULED PROGRAMMING

DON ROY KING

Saturday Night Live, “Keegan-Michael Key; Olivia Rodrigo”

(NBC)

Mr. King’s Directorial Team:

·        Associate Directors: Michael Mancini, Michael Poole, Laura Ouziel-Mack

·        Stage Managers: Gena Rositano, Chris Kelly, Eddie Valk

This is Mr. King’s 16th DGA Award nomination. He previously won the DGA Award in this category for Saturday Night Live episodes: Dave Chappelle; Foo Fighters” in 2020, E. Murphy; Lizzo” in 2019, “Adam Driver; Kanye West” in 2018, “Host: Jimmy Fallon” in 2017, “Host: Dave Chappelle” in 2016 and for “Host: Justin Timberlake” in 2013. Mr. King also won the DGA Award for Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Specials for SNL 40th Anniversary Special in 2015. He was previously nominated for Saturday Night Live episodes in 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014, and in 2015 in the Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Regularly Scheduled Programming category for the Saturday Night Live episode, “Host: Tracy Morgan/Musical Guest: Demi Lovato.”

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN VARIETY/TALK/NEWS/SPORTS – SPECIALS

PAUL DUGDALE

Adele: One Night Only

(CBS)

Mr. Dugdale’s Directorial Team:

·        Associate Director: Hayley Collett

·        Stage Managers: Gary Natoli, Erica Christensen, Zachary Figures, Jackie Stathis

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

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN REALITY PROGRAMS

ADAM VETRI

Getaway Driver, “Electric Shock”

(Discovery Channel)

Mr. Vetri’s Directorial Team:

·        Associate Director: John Esposito

·        Stage Manager: Eric Pai

This is Mr. Vetri’s fourth DGA Award nomination. He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Reality Programs in 2015 for Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge, “Gods of War” and was previously nominated in this same category in 2014 for Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge, “Welcome to the Gun Show” and in 2017 for Dare to Live, “Chainsmokers.”

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS

SMRITI MUNDHRA

Through Our Eyes, “Shelter”

(HBO Max)

This is Ms. Mundhra’s first DGA Award nomination.

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN COMMERCIALS

BRADFORD YOUNG

(Serial Pictures x Somesuch)

Super. Human., Channel 4 Paralympics – 4Creative

·        First Assistant Director: Jez Oakley

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

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN DOCUMENTARY

STANLEY NELSON

Attica

(Showtime)

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

HONORARY LIFE MEMBER & SERVICE AWARD RECIPIENTS

Renowned director Spike Lee was the recipient of the DGA Lifetime Achievement Award in Feature Film. This award, which is given to a Director in recognition of distinguished achievement in motion picture direction, is the Guild’s highest honor and the recipient is selected by the present and past presidents of the Guild.

Joseph P. Reidy received the Frank Capra Achievement Award, which is given to an Assistant Director or Unit Production Manager in recognition of career achievement in the industry and service to the Directors Guild of America.

Garry W. Hood received the Franklin J. Schaffner Achievement Award, which is given to an Associate Director or Stage Manager in recognition of service to the industry and to the Directors Guild of America.

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Written by Steven Prusakowski

Steven Prusakowski has been a cinephile as far back as he can remember, literally. At the age of ten, while other kids his age were sleeping, he was up into the late hours of the night watching the Oscars. Since then, his passion for film, television, and awards has only grown. For over a decade he has reviewed and written about entertainment through publications including Screen Radar and Awards Circuit. He has conducted celebrity and red carpet interviews with some of the industry’s biggest names. He is a graduate of RIT film program. You can find him on Twitter and Letterboxd as @FilmSnork – we don’t know why the name, but he seems to be sticking to it.
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