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DGA Award Winner 'The Artist' Continues its Winning Roll

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood January 29, 2012 at 3:30AM

Michel Hazanavicius took home the DGA Feature Film Award for "The Artist" Saturday night. The DGA also awarded winners in nine other categories during the 64th Annual DGA Awards Dinner at Hollywood & Highland in Los Angeles. Historically the DGA winner not only goes on to win best director but best picture at the Oscars.
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DGA Nominees Scorsese, Payne, Hazanavicius and Fincher
DGA Nominees Scorsese, Payne, Hazanavicius and Fincher

Michel Hazanavicius took home the DGA Feature Film Award for "The Artist" Saturday night. The DGA also awarded winners in nine other categories during the 64th Annual DGA Awards Dinner at Hollywood & Highland in Los Angeles. Historically the DGA winner not only goes on to win best director but best picture at the Oscars.

Michel Hazanavicius told the crowd: "I am not American. I am not French. I'm a filmmaker...'We create stories that tell people they are not alone."

While David Fincher showed up for the annual pre-DGA directors panel with Martin Scorsese, Alexander Payne and Hazanavicius, he avoided the awards show, as did Woody Allen, who sent a video clip:

If I come I'd have to mingle. And I don't hold up in person. I can't keep up my end of my conversation. I drift."
                                       

The winners of the 2011 DGA Awards for Outstanding Directorial Achievement are:

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN FEATURE FILM

MICHEL HAZANAVICIUS

The Artist

(The Weinstein Company)

Mr. Hazanavicius’ Directorial Team:

·         Unit Production Manager:  Antoine De Cazotte

·         Production Manager (FR): Ségoléne Fleury

·         First Assistant Director (FR): James Canal

·         First Assistant Director (US):  David Cluck

·         Second Assistant Director (US):  David Paige

·         Second Second Assistant Directors: Karla Strum, Ricky Robinson

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN

MOVIES FOR TELEVISION AND MINI-SERIES

JON CASSAR

The Kennedys

(Reelz Channel)

This was Mr. Cassar’s third DGA Award nomination.  He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series in 2006 for 24 - “7:00 AM-8:00 AM” and was nominated in this category in 2003 for the episode of 24 also titled “7:00 AM-8:00 AM.”

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMATIC SERIES

PATTY JENKINS

The Killing, “Pilot”

(AMC)

Ms. Jenkins was also nominated this year in the Movies for Television and Mini-Series category for her segment of Five – “Pearl.”

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN COMEDY SERIES

ROBERT B. WEIDE

Curb Your Enthusiasm, “Palestinian Chicken”

(HBO)

Mr. Weide’s Directorial Team:

·         Associate Directors: Dale Stern, Tim Gibbons

·         Stage Managers: Jonathan Harris, Jerri Churchill, Dana Jackson

This was Mr. Weide’s second DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in this category for Curb Your Enthusiasm – “The Carpool Lane” in 2004.

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSICAL VARIETY

GLENN WEISS

65th Annual Tony Awards

(CBS)

Mr. Weiss’ Directorial Team:

·         Associate Directors: Ken Diego, Robin Abrams, Debra Gelman, Ricky Kirshner

·         Stage Managers: Garry Hood, Peter Epstein, Andrew Feigin, Lynn Finkel, Doug Fogel, Jeffry Gitter, Phyllis Digilio-Kent, Arthur Lewis, Jeff Markowitz, Joey Meade, Tony Mirante, Cyndi Owgang, Jeff Pearl, Elise Reaves, Lauren Class Schneider, Annette Powlis

This was Mr. Weiss' eighth DGA Award nomination. He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Musical Variety in 2007 and 2010 for the 61st and 64th Annual Tony Awards. He was previously nominated in this category in 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006 and 2008, all for the 55th, 56th, 59th, 60th, and 62nd Annual Tony Awards.

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN REALITY PROGRAMS

NEIL P. DEGROOT

Biggest Loser, “Episode #1115”

(NBC)

Mr. DeGroot’s Directorial Team:

·         Associate Director: Andy Nelson

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

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN DAYTIME SERIALS

WILLIAM LUDEL

General Hospital, “Intervention”

 (ABC)

Mr. Ludel’s Directorial Team:

·         Associate Directors: Christine Magarian Ucar, Denise Van Cleave, Penny Pengra, Peter Fillmore, RC Cates, David MacLeod

·         Stage Managers: Craig McManus, Crystal Craft

·         Production Associates: Christine Cooper, Andrea Compton

This was Mr. Ludel's seventh DGA Award nomination and all for his direction of General Hospital. He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Daytime Serials for General Hospital “Episode #9801” in 2001 and “Episode #8248” in 1995; and was previously nominated for General Hospital ‘Macho Men” in 2009, “Luke in Purgatory” in 2008, “Episode #11177” in 2006 and for “Episode #7922” in 1994.

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS

AMY SCHATZ

A Child’s Garden of Poetry

(HBO)

This was Ms. Schatz’s sixth DGA Award nomination. She won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children’s Programs in 2008 for Classical Baby (I'm Grown Up Now) “The Poetry Show,” in 2001 for ‘Twas the Night and in 1999 for Goodnight Moon & Other Sleepy Time Tales. She was previously nominated in this category for Hard Times for an American Girl: The Great Depression in 2009 and Through a Child's Eyes: September 11, 2001 in 2002.

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN COMMERCIALS

NOAM MURRO
(Biscuit Filmworks)

Handlebar Moustache, Heineken Premium Light- Wieden & Kennedy/NY

·         Unit Production Manager: James Powell Veal

·         First Assistant Director: Tommy Gormley

·         Second Assistant Director: Ian Robert Calip

·         Second Second Assistant Director: Michael King

Hot House, DirecTV – Grey/NY

·         Unit Production Manager: James Powell Veal

·         First Assistant Director: Scott C. Harris

·         Second Assistant Directors: Mark R. Robinson, Brady Sloan

Pinata, Volkswagen Tiguan – Deutsch/LA

·         Unit Production Manager: James Powell Veal

·         First Assistant Director: Scott M. Metcalfe

·         Second Assistant Director: Ty Arnold

Is It Real?, EA Battlefield 3  - Wieden & Kennedy/Portland

·         First Assistant Director: Michael David Salven

·         Second Assistant Director: Erv E. Gentry

·         Second Second Assistant Director: Eric Schneider

This was Mr. Murro's sixth DGA Award nomination in this category. He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Commercials for Carry (Adidas), Glen (Starbucks), and Toy Boat (eBay) in 2004. He was also nominated in this category in 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2007.

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN DOCUMENTARY

JAMES MARSH

Project Nim
Red Box Films

Passion Pictures

HBO Documentary Films

Roadside Attractions

BBC Films

UK Film Council

This was Mr. Marsh’s second DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in this category for Man on Wire in 2008.

Among the presenters were Kathy Bates ("Midnight in Paris"); Berenice Bejo ("The Artist"); George Clooney ("The Descendants'); Jean Dujardin ("The Artist"); 2010 DGA Feature Film Award winner Tom Hooper ("The King’s Speech'); Ben Kingsley ("Hugo"); Gary Oldman ("Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy"); Octavia Spencer ("The Help') and Michelle Williams ("My Week with Marilyn").


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.