Wednesday, January 12, 2011

63rd annual DGA Awards - nominations for documentary and television

After announcing their fictional feature film nominees earlier this week, the Directors Guild of America has announced the nominees for documentary feature. The five nominees are Lixin Fan for Last Train Home, Charles Ferguson for Inside Job, Alex Gibney for Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer, Davis Guggenheim for Waiting for “Superman” and Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger for Restrepo.

It is a very strong field and includes the outstanding Chinese-Canadian doc Last Train Home, which was omitted from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science's short list and thus cannot get an Oscar nomination. Many, including Eugene Hernandez (formerly editor-in-chief of indieWIRE, and now director of digital strategy for the Film Society of Lincoln Center) felt that this was an enormous oversight.

All of the nominees except for Alex Gibney are first-time recipients of a DGA nomination. Gibney's previous nomination was for Taxi to the Dark Side in 2007.

The DGA also released their television nominations yesterday. The complete list of documentary and television nominations follows.

The Award winners will be announced at the 63rd Annual DGA Awards Dinner on Saturday, January 29, 2011, at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Los Angeles.

Complete list of nominees for the 63rd annual Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary

Lixin Fan, Last Train Home
Eye Steel Film, ITVS, Canada
Council for the Arts
Zeitgeist Films
This is Mr. Fan’s first DGA Award nomination.

Charles Ferguson, Inside Job
Representational Pictures
Sony Pictures Classics
This is Mr. Ferguson’s first DGA Award nomination.

Alex Gibney, Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer
ES Productions
Magnolia Pictures
This is Mr. Gibney’s second DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in this same category for “Taxi to the Dark Side” in 2007.

Davis Guggenheim, Waiting for “Superman”
Public Education LLC
Paramount Vantage
Mr. Guggenheim’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Shari Tavey
This is Mr. Guggenheim’s first DGA Award nomination.

Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger, Restrepo
Outpost Films
National Geographic Entertainment
This is the first DGA Award nomination for Mr. Hetherington and Mr. Junger.


Complete list of DGA television nominations

Movies for Television and Mini-Series

• Mick Jackson, Temple Grandin (HBO)
• Barry Levinson, You Don’t Know Jack (HBO)
• David Nutter and Jeremy Podeswa, The Pacific, “Basilone” (HBO)
• Jeremy Podeswa, The Pacific, “Home” (HBO)
• Tim Van Patten, The Pacific, “Okinawa” (HBO)

Dramatic Series

• Jack Bender, Lost, “The End, Part 1 & 2” (ABC)
• Allen Coulter, Boardwalk Empire, “Paris Green” (HBO)
• Frank Darabont, The Walking Dead, “Days Gone Bye” (Pilot) (AMC)
• Jennifer Getzinger, Mad Men, “The Suitcase” (AMC)
• Martin Scorsese, Boardwalk Empire, “Boardwalk Empire” (HBO)

Comedy Series

• Steve Levitan, Modern Family, “Hawaii” (ABC)
• Beth McCarthy Miller, 30 Rock, “Live Show” (NBC)
• Ryan Murphy, Glee, “The Power of Madonna” (FOX)
• David Nutter, Entourage, “Lose Yourself” (HBO)
• Michael Spiller, Modern Family, “Halloween” (ABC)

Musical Variety

• Don Roy King, Saturday Night Live With Betty White (NBC)
• Linda Mendoza, Paul McCartney: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song in Performance at The White House (PBS)
• John C. Moffitt, Bill Maher “…But I’m Not Wrong” (HBO)
• Chuck O’Neill, Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear (Comedy Central)
• Glenn Weiss, 64th Annual Tony Awards (CBS)

Reality Programs

• Hisham Abed, The Hills, “Episode #601” (MTV)
• Eyten Keller, The Next Iron Chef, “Episode #301” (Food Network)
• Bryan O’Donnell, Private Chefs of Beverly Hills: Challah Back (Food Network)
• Brian Smith, Master Chef, “Episode #103” (FOX)
• Bertram Van Munster, The Amazing Race, “I Think We’re Fighting The Germans, Right?” (CBS)

Daytime Serials
• Larry Carpenter, One Life to Live, "Episode #10,687" (ABC)
• Sally McDonald, The Young and the Restless, "Episode #9553" (CBS)
• Jill Mitwell, One Life to Live, "Starr X'd Lovers - Episode #10,688" (ABC)
• Owen Renfroe, General Hospital, "Francophrenia" (ABC)
• Michael Stich, The Bold and the Beautiful “A Reason to Live – Part 1” (CBS)  

Children's Programs 
• Douglas Barr, Secrets of the Mountain (NBC)
• Eric Bross, The Boy Who Cried Werewolf (Nickelodeon)
• Stuart Gillard, Avalon High (Disney)
• Michael Grossman, Starstruck (Disney)
• Mikael Salomon, Unnatural History, (Pilot) (Cartoon Network)


• Frank Budgen (Gorgeous Enterprises) World Cup, Sony Bravia - Anomaly; RGB, Honda-Weiden & Kennedy/London; Thunderstruck, Sony Bravia - Anomaly
• Craig Gillespie (MJZ) Timothy Richman, – DDB/Chicago; Game, Snickers - AMV BBDO; Road Trip, Snickers - AMV BBDO; Another Language, Career Builders - Career Builders; Casual Friday, Career Builders - Career Builders
• Tim Godsall (Biscuit Filmworks) Opulence, DirecTV – Grey/NY; Bull, Hyundai - Innocean Worldwide Americas; Eastbound & Mom, HBO – BBDO/NY
• Tom Kuntz (MJZ) The Man Your Man Could Smell Like, Old Spice - Weiden & Kennedy/Portland; Questions, Old Spice - Weiden & Kennedy/Portland; Did You Know, Old Spice - Weiden & Kennedy/Portland; Boat, Old Spice - Weiden & Kennedy/Portland
• Stacy Wall (Imperial Woodpecker) Rise, Nike - Wieden & Kennedy/Portland; Really?, Microsoft - Crispin Porter & Bogusky/Boulder; Slim Chin & D Rose, Adidas – 180LA; Handshake, Nike - Weiden & Kennedy/Portland

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