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Directors Guild Continues the Awards Surge for Ben Affleck's 'Argo'

Awards
by Anne Thompson
February 3, 2013 1:42 AM
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Ben Affleck's 'Argo'
Ben Affleck's 'Argo'


The winners of the 2012 DGA Awards for Outstanding Directorial Achievement are:

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN FEATURE FILM

BEN AFFLECK

Argo

(Warner Bros. Pictures)

Mr. Affleck’s Directorial Team:

·         Unit Production Manager:  Amy Herman

·         First Assistant Director:  David Webb

·         Second Assistant Director:  Ian Calip

·         Second Second Assistant Directors: Clark Credle, Gavin Kleintop

·         First Assistant Director (Turkey Unit): Belkis Turan

This is Mr. Affleck’s first DGA Feature Film Award win.

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN COMMERCIALS

ALEJANDRO G. IÑÁRRITU

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·         First Assistant Director: Peter Kohn

·         Second Assistant Director: Michelle Schrauwers

·         Second Second Assistant Directors: Heather Anderson, Blake Perkinson

This is Mr. Iñárritu’s first DGA Award win and second nomination. He was previously nominated for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for Babel in 2006.

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMATIC SERIES

RIAN JOHNSON

Breaking Bad, “Fifty-One”

(AMC)

Mr. Johnson’s Directorial Team:

·         Unit Production Manager: Stewart A. Lyons

·         Assistant Unit Production Manager: James Paul Hapsas

·         First Assistant Director: Ben Scissors

·         Second Assistant Director: Louis Lanni

·         Second Second Assistant Director: Anna Ramey

·         Additional Second Assistant Director: Joann Connolly

This is Mr. Johnson’s first DGA Award win.

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN REALITY PROGRAMS

BRIAN SMITH

Master Chef, “Episode #305”

(FOX)

Mr. Smith’s Directorial Team:

·         Associate Director: Anna Moulaison-Moore

·         Stage Manager: Drew Lewandowski

This is Mr. Smith’s first DGA Award win and third nomination. He was previously nominated in this category in 2010 and 2011 for episodes “103” and “201” of Master Chef.

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN MOVIES FOR TELEVISION AND MINI-SERIES

JAY ROACH

Game Change

(HBO)

Mr. Roach’s Directorial Team:

·         Unit Production Manager: Mary Kane

·         First Assistant Director: Josh King

·         Second Assistant Director: Emily McGovern

·         Second Second Assistant Director: Brian F. Relyea

This is Mr. Roach’s second DGA Award win and second nomination.  He previously won the DGA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Movies for Television and Mini-Series for Recount in 2008.

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSICAL VARIETY

GLENN WEISS

66th Annual Tony Awards

(CBS)

Mr. Weiss’ Directorial Team:

·         Associate Directors: Ken Diego, Robin Abrams, Stefani Cohen, Ricky Kirshner

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

This is Mr. Weiss’ fourth DGA Award win and ninth nomination.  He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Musical Variety in 2007, 2010 and 2011 for the 61st, 64th and 65th Annual Tony Awards. He was previously nominated in this category in 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006 and 2008 for the 55th, 56th, 59th, 60th, and 62nd Annual Tony Awards.

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN DAYTIME SERIALS

JILL MITWELL

One Life To Live, “Between Heaven and Hell”

(ABC)

Ms. Mitwell’s Directorial Team:

·         associate Directors: Tracy Casper Lang, Teresa Cicala, Michael Sweeney, Paul S. Glass

·         Stage Managers: Alan Needleman, Keith Greer, Tracy Casper Lang, Leah M. Weber

·         Production Associates: Nathalie Rodriguez, Kevin Brush

This is Ms. Mitwell’s fourth DGA Award and ninth nomination and all for her direction of One Life to Live. She won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Daytime Serials three times for One Life to Live, “Episode #9779” in 2006, “Episode #8295” in 2000 and “Episode #6356” in 1993. She was nominated five additional times for One Life to Live episodes “Starr X’d Lovers, The Musical, Part Three” in 2010, “Episode #8691” in 2002, “Episode #8012” in 1999, “Episode #7761” in 1998, and “Episode #7285” in 1996.

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS

PAUL HOEN

Let it Shine

(Disney Channel)

Mr. Hoen’s Directorial Team:

·         Unit Production Manager: Katie Willard Troebs

·         First Assistant Director:  Daniel Coffie

·         Second Assistant Director: Todd Turner

·         Second Second Assistant Director: D. Scott Kirkley

This is Mr. Hoen’s second DGA Award win and sixth nomination.  He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children’s Program in 2007 for Jump In and was previously nominated in this category in 2000 for the Even Stevens episode “Take My Sister... Please,” in 2004 for Searching for David's Heart, in 2008 for Cheetah Girls: One World and in 2010 for Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam.

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN DOCUMENTARY

MALIK BENDJELLOUL

Searching For Sugar Man

Sony Pictures Classics

Passion Pictures Production

Canfield Pictures & The Documentary Company

Red Box Films

This is Mr. Bendjelloul’s first DGA Award win.

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN COMEDY SERIES

LENA DUNHAM

Girls, “Pilot”

(HBO)

Ms. Dunham’s Directorial Team:

·         Unit Production Managers: Regina Heyman, Ilene S. Landress

·         First Assistant Director: Mark McGann

·         Second Assistant Director: Jason Ivey

·         Second Second Assistant Director: Marcos Gonzalez Palma

This is Ms. Dunham’s first DGA Award win.

SERVICE AND ACHIEVEMENT AWARD RECIPIENTS

Milos Forman – Lifetime Achievement Award

In recognition of distinguished achievement in Motion Picture Direction

Michael Apted – Robert B. Aldrich Award

In recognition of extraordinary service to the Directors Guild of America and to its membership.

Eric Shapiro – Lifetime Achievement Award in News Direction

In recognition of distinguished achievement in News Direction

Susan Zwerman – Frank Capra Achievement Award

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.

Dency Nelson – Franklin J. Schaffner Achievement Award

Given to an Associate Director or Stage Manager in recognition of career achievement in the industry and service to the Directors Guild of America.
 

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2 Comments

  • Dana | February 4, 2013 1:10 AMReply

    Completely disagree with you Vic. I thought Argo was the superior film. Even though I lived through that era, I couldn't remember all the details so despite the ending undoubtedly being embellished for dramatic purposes, I was still on the edge of my seat. As for Lincoln, although the acting deserves all the accolades it is receiving, I thought the film itself was a little tedious. Unlike Argo, I found myself looking at my watch a lot which, for me, meant I was just waiting for it to be over. I say give Spielberg Best Director, but break tradition and give Argo Best Picture. (Spielberg can deal. He did before when he won Best Director for Saving Private Ryan but lost Best Picture to Shakespeare in Love.) Of course, my vote doesn't count, so Lincoln will take everything.

  • Vic | February 3, 2013 5:03 PMReply

    Ok, but Argo can't win the Oscar just for best picture isn't it? (even if Ben Affleck is out of the competition for best director). One big win and not another Oscar for cast, screenplay, or even editing (Argo it isn't Driving Miss Daisy (1989) (at least this won Oscar for best actress (Jessica Tandy) and best adapted screenplay) or Grand Hotel (1932), or Mutiny on the Bounty (1935), or Rebecca (1940). Lincoln will be by default the one who will win the Oscars for best motion picture, best director (Steven Spielberg), best actor (Daniel Day-Lewis) and best adapted screenplay (and perhaps another 3 or 4 Oscars including Tommy Lee Jones for best supporting actor). Lincoln is the best movie from 2012. At Argo I found the tension before the ending really funny not in the good way (the almost capturing of all members from the american embassy). Ben Affleck should try another one really good movie to be at least nominated for best director in the next years. For me Argo, Lincoln, Django Unchained, Zero Dark Thirty or Life of Pi are not as good as the last winners from the Academy (The Artist (2011) or The King's Speech (2010) or Slumdog Millionaire (2008), but at least are better than the overrated The Hurt Locker (2008).

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