Saturday, January 17, 2015

2015 Directors Guild Awards Nominations - Television Categories

The Directors Guild of America (DGA) is the entertainment labor union that represents film and television directors.  The DGA gives out the Directors Guild of America Award each year to honor outstanding achievement.

Directors Guild of America President Paris Barclay today announced the DGA’s nominees for “Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Television, Commercials and Documentary” for 2014 on Wednesday, January 14, 2015.

The nominees for the “Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series for 2014” are (in alphabetical order):

DAN ATTIAS
Homeland, "13 Hours in Islamabad"

(Showtime)

Mr. Attias's Directorial Team:
    Unit Production Managers: Angela Phillips, Michael Klick
    First Assistant Director: Nick Heckstall Smith
    Second Assistant Director: Wendy Bledsoe

This is Mr. Attias's fourth DGA Award nomination. He previously won in this category in 2008 for The Wire, “Transitions.” He was also nominated in 2002 for Six Feet Under, “Back to the Garden” and in 1999 for The Sopranos, “46 Long.”

JODIE FOSTER
House of Cards, "Chapter 22"

(Netflix)

Ms. Foster's Directorial Team:
    Unit Production Manager: Boris Malden
    First Assistant Director: Christo Morse
    Second Assistant Director: Annie Tan
    Second Second Assistant Director: Tim Blockburger

Ms. Foster was nominated twice this year and these are her first DGA Award nominations. She is also nominated for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series for Orange is the New Black, "Thirsty Bird."

CARY JOJI FUKUNAGA
True Detective, "Who Goes There"

(HBO)

Mr. Fukunaga's Directorial Team:
    Unit Production Manager: Carol Cuddy
    First Assistant Director: Jon Mallard
    Second Assistant Director: Scott August
    Second Second Assistant Director: Cali Pom├ęs
    Additional Second Assistant Director: Nathan Parker
    Location Manager: Batou Chandler

This is Mr. Fukunaga's first DGA Award nomination.

LESLI LINKA GLATTER
Homeland, "From A to B and Back Again"

(Showtime)

Ms. Glatter’s Directorial Team:
    Unit Production Managers: Angela Phillips, Michael Klick
    First Assistant Director: Nick Heckstall Smith
    Second Assistant Director: Wendy Bledsoe

This is Ms. Glatter's fifth DGA Award nomination. She previously won in this category in 2009 for Mad Men, “Guy Walks into an Advertising Agency.” She was also nominated in 2013 and 2012 for Homeland episodes “The Star” and “Q & A,” as well as in 1990 for Twin Peaks, “Episode 32006.”

ALEX GRAVES
Game of Thrones, “The Children”

(HBO)

This is Mr. Graves's second DGA Award nomination. He previously was nominated in this category in 2002 for The West Wing, “Posse Comitatus.”

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The nominees for the “Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series for 2014” are (in alphabetical order):

LOUIS C.K.
Louie, "Elevator: Part 6"

(FX)

Mr. C.K.'s Directorial Team:
    Unit Production Manager: M. Blair Breard
    First Assistant Director: Adam Escott
    Second Assistant Director: Nick Vanderpool
    Location Manager: Jeff Caron

This is Mr. C.K.'s third DGA Award nomination. He previously was nominated for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Specials in 2013 for Louis C.K.: Oh My God and for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series in 2012 for the “New Year’s Eve” episode of Louie.

JODIE FOSTER
Orange is the New Black, "Thirsty Bird"

(Netflix)

Ms. Foster's Directorial Team:
    Unit Production Managers: David Price, Neri Kyle Tannenbaum
    First Assistant Director: Robert C. Albertell
    Second Assistant Director: Joseph Turner
    Second Second Assistant Director: Emily Evashevski
    Location Manager: Lauri Pitkus

Ms. Foster was nominated twice this year and these are her first DGA Award nominations. She is also nominated for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series for House of Cards, “Chapter 22.”

MIKE JUDGE
Silicon Valley, "Minimum Viable Product"

(HBO)

Mr. Judge's Directorial Team:
    Unit Production Manager: Chrisann Verges
    First Assistant Director: Nicholas Mastandrea
    Second Assistant Director: Yumiko Takeya
    Second Second Assistant Directors: Heidi Hinzman, Jessica Faires

This is Mr. Judge's first DGA Award nomination.

GAIL MANCUSO
Modern Family, "Vegas"

(ABC)

Ms. Mancuso's Directorial Team:
    Unit Production Manager: Sally Young
    First Assistant Director: Alisa Statman
    Second Assistant Director: Helena Lamb
    Second Second Assistant Director: Matthew W. Heffernan

This is Ms. Mancuso's second DGA Award nomination. She was nominated in this same category last year for the “My Hero” episode of Modern Family.

JILL SOLOWAY
Transparent, "Best New Girl"

(Amazon Prime)

Ms. Soloway's Directorial Team:
    Unit Production Manager: Victor Hsu
    First Assistant Director: Bill Purple
    Second Assistant Director: Allan Monteiro Fortes

This is Ms. Soloway's first DGA Award nomination.

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The nominees for the “Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Mini-Series for 2014” are (in alphabetical order):

ROB ASHFORD (Directed by)
GLENN WEISS (Live Television Direction By)
Peter Pan Live!

(NBC)

Directorial Team:
    Associate Directors: Ken Diego, Susan Kopensky                       
    Key Stage Manager: Lynn Finkel
    Stage Managers: Peter Epstein, Jeffry Gitter, Andrew Gottlieb, Isiah James, Jeff Markowitz, Bill Miller, Cyndi Owgang, Jeffrey L. Pearl, Annette Powlis, Elise Reaves, Lauren Class Schneider, Tom Ucciferri, Karen Tasch Weiss

This is Mr. Ashford's second DGA Award nomination. He was nominated in this category last year, together with Beth McCarthy-Miller, for The Sound of Music Live!

This is Mr. Weiss's twelfth DGA Award nomination. He is also nominated this year for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Specials for The 68th Annual Tony Awards. He previously won the DGA Award in 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 for the 61st, 64th, 65th, 66th, and 67th Annual Tony Awards. He was also nominated in 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006 and 2008 for the 55th, 56th, 59th, 60th, and 62nd Annual Tony Awards.

LISA CHOLODENKO
Olive Kitteridge

(HBO)

Ms. Cholodenko's Directorial Team:
    Unit Production Manager: David Coatsworth
    First Assistant Director: Jesse Nye
    Second Assistant Director: Mark Constance
    Second Second Assistant Director: Elizabeth MacSwan

This is Ms. Cholodenko's first DGA Award nomination.

ULI EDEL
Houdini

(History Channel)

This is Mr. Edel's second DGA Award nomination. He previously was nominated in this category in 1996 for Rasputin.

RYAN MURPHY
The Normal Heart

(HBO)

Mr. Murphy's Directorial Team:
    Unit Production Managers: Scott Ferguson, Erica Kay
    First Assistant Director: Leo Bauer
    Second Assistant Directors: Becky Chin, Amy Lauritsen
    Second Second Assistant Directors: Heather Verbeke, Josh Muzaffer, Travis Rehwaldt, Brian Papworth
    Location Manager: Kip Davis Myers

This is Mr. Murphy's third DGA Award nomination. He previously was nominated for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series in 2009 for the Glee pilot and in 2010 for “The Power of Madonna” episode.

MICHAEL WILSON
The Trip to Bountiful

(Lifetime)

Mr. Wilson's Directorial Team:
    Unit Production Manager: Dominic Cancilla
    First Assistant Director: Bobby Bastarache
    Second Assistant Director: Rhonda Guthrie

This is Mr. Wilson's first DGA Award nomination.

The winners in all categories will be announced at the 67th Annual DGA Awards on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.

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