Sunday, January 30, 2011

63rd Annual DGA Awards - winners include King's Speech and Inside Job

The winners of the Directors Guild of America Outstanding Directorial Achievement Awards for 2010 were announced Saturday night during the 63rd Annual DGA Awards Dinner at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Los Angeles. Tom Hooper won the DGA's Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for The King's Speech.

He was a surprise winner over a strong field of nominees which included the favourite David Fincher (The Social Network), as well as Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan), Christopher Nolan (Inception) and David O'Russell (The Fighter). David Fincher left the ceremony immediately after Hooper's name was announced as the winner.

For some such as Richard Corliss of Time Magazine and Sasha Stone at Awards Daily, this is a terrible travesty. But as I pointed out when The King's Speech won at the PGA Awards, it is the critics that were wrong and now the industry/guild awards are finally getting it right.

The Documentary winner was Charles Ferguson for Inside job.  Accepting his award, Ferguson said “It’s a pretty ballsy, out-there movie. It didn’t make me too many friends in the investment banking community.”

For television, the winners included Mick Jackson Temple Grandin (TV Movie/Mini-series), Martin Scorsese for Boardwalk Empire (Drama series), and Michael Spiller for Modern Family (Comedy series). Interestingly, another award show was the winner of the Musical Variety category. Glenn Weiss won for his work on the 64th Annual Tony Awards.

Complete list of winners for the 63rd Annual DGA Awards

Tom Hooper, The King's Speech (The Weinstein Co.)
Production manager: Erica Bensly
First Assistant Director: Martin Harrison
Second Assistant Director: Chris Stoaling

Mick Jackson, Temple Grandin (HBO)
Unit Production Manager: Scott Ferguson
First Assistant Director: Philip Hardage
Second Assistant Director: Shawn Pipkin
Second Second Assistant Directors: Kayse Goodell, Richard E. Chapla Jr., Robbie Friedmann
Additional Second Second Assistant Director: Glen Moorma

Martin Scorsese, Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
Unit Production Manager: Harvey Waldman
First Assistant Director: Chris Surgent
Second Assistant Director: Takahide Kawakami
Second Second Assistant Director: Patrick McDonald
Additional Second Assistant Director: Sal Sutera
Second Assistant Director/Location Managers: April Taylor, Regina Heyman
DGA Trainee: Jamiyl Ihsaan Campbell

Michael Spiller, Modern Family (ABC)
Unit Production Manager: Sally Young
First Assistant Director: Alisa Statman
Second Assistant Director: Helena Lamb
Second Second Assistant Director: Matthew Heffernan

Charles Ferguson, Inside job (Representational Pictures, Sony Pictures Classics)

Glenn Weiss, 64th Annual Tony Awards (CBS)
Associate Directors: Gregg Gelfand, Robin Abrams, Ricky Kirshner
Stage Managers: Garry Hood, Peter Epstein, Andrew Feigin, Lynn Finkel, Doug Fogel, Jeffrey Gitter, Dean Gordon, Phyllis Digilio Kent, Arthur Lewis, Joey Meade, Tony Mirante, Cyndi Owgang, Jeff Pearl, Elise Reaves, Lauren Class Schneider

Larry Carpenter, One Life to Live, "Episode #10,687"
Associate Directors: Teresa Anne Cicala, Tracy Casper Lang, Paul S. Glass, Mary Ryan, Jen Pepperman, Barry Gingold
Stage Managers: Alan Needleman, Keith Greer, Brendan Higgins
Production Associates: Kevin Brush, Nathalie Rodriguez

Eytan Keller, The Next Iron Chef, "Episode #301" (Food Network)
Segment Director: Stephen Kroopnick
Stage Managers: Tom Borgnine, Seth Mellman

Stacy Wall (Imperial Woodpecker)
"Rise," Nike - Wieden & Kennedy/Portland
First Assistant Director: Bac DeLorme
Second Assistant Director: Steve Del Prete
Second Second Assistant Director: Kenny Hanson
"Really?," Microsoft - Crispin Porter & Bogusky/Boulder
First Assistant Directors: Miles Johnstone, Doug Halbert
Second Assistant Director: Michael Brawer
"Slim Chin & D Rose," Adidas - 180LA
First Assistant Director: Dave Dean
Second Assistant Director: Carl Jackson
"Handshake," Nike - Wieden & Kennedy/Portland
First Assistant Directors: Miles Johnstone, Scott Metcalfe
Second Assistant Director: Michael Brawer

Eric Bross, The Boy Who Cried Werewolf (Nickelodeon)

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