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Directors Guild of America: Sam Mendes Takes the Top Prize, Likely Boosting ‘1917’ Into First Place

The exciting Oscar season this year looks like it will come down to the wire. Unlike most years, it seems like audiences and critics agree with the films at the very top of the heap. While 1917, The Irishman or Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood represent more traditional choices, Jojo Rabbit and Parasite breathe new life into the race. It seems like Best Picture will likely come down to the Once Upon a Time1917 and Parasite triumvirate, and the winner at DGA tonight could win Best Director, and potentially picture, at Oscar.

UPDATE: Now the prize has gone to Sam Mendes, it feels like we can call the Oscar race. It is disappointing on some level that Mendes will win his second Oscar for directing when Bong Joon-ho and Quentin Tarantino will still be without one. However, Mendes’ efforts on 1917 clearly struck a chord with audiences and the industry at large.

The full results are below, with all the nominees included as well. 

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2019

Bong Joon Ho – Parasite
Sam Mendes – 1917***WINNER
Martin Scorsese – The Irishman
Quentin Tarantino – Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
Taika Waititi – Jojo Rabbit

Outstanding Directorial Achievement of a First-Time Feature Film Director for 2019

Mati Diop – Atlantics

Alma Har’el – Honey Boy***WINNER

Melina Matsoukas – Queen & Slim

Joe Talbot – The Last Black Man in San Francisco

Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz – The Peanut Butter Falcon

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary

Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert – American Factory***WINNER

Feras Fayyad – The Cave

Alex Holmes – Maiden

Ljubomir Stefanov and Tamara Kotevska – Honeyland

Nanfu Wang and Jialing Zhang – One Child Nation

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series

Nicole Kassell – Watchmen – “It’s Summer and We’re Running Out of Ice”***WINNER

Mark Mylod – Succession – “This Is Not For Tears”

David Nutter – Game of Thrones – “The Last of the Starks”

Miguel Sapochnik – Game of Thrones –  “The Long Night”

Stephen Williams – Watchmen – “This Extraordinary Being”

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series

Dan Attias – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel –  “It’s the Sixties, Man!”

Bill Hader – Barry – “ronny/lily” ***WINNER

David Mandel – Veep – “Veep”

Amy Sherman-Palladino – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel – It’s Comedy or Cabbage

Daniel Palladino – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel – “Marvelous Radio”

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television & Miniseries

Ava DuVernary – When They See Us

Vince Gilligan – El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie

Thomas Kail – Fosse/Verdon

Johan Renck – Chernobyl***WINNER

Minkie Spiro – Fosse/Verdon

Jessica Yu – Fosse/Verdon 

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Specials

James Burrows (“All in the Family” and “The Jeffersons” – Directed by)
Andy Fisher (“Live in Front of a Studio Audience’ – Directed by)
(ABC) ***WINNER

Spike Jonze – Aziz Ansari: Right Now

Stan Lathan – Dave Chappelle: Sticks & Stones

Linda Mendoza – Wanda Sykes: Not Normal

Glenn Weiss – The 91st Annual Academy Awards

Reality Programs

Hisham Abed – Queer Eye – “Black Girl Magic”

Jason Cohen – Encore! – “Annie”***WINNER

Jon Favreau – The Chef Show – “Hog Island”

Ashley S. Gorman – First Responders Live – “#103”

Patrick McManus – American Ninja Warrior – “#1116: Las Vegas National Finals Night 4”

Children’s Programs

Dean Israelite – Are You Afraid of the Dark? for “Part One: Submitted for Your Approval”

Jack Jameson – Sesame Street’s 50th Anniversary Special

Luke Matheny – Ghostwriter for “Ghost in Wonderland: Part 1”

Amy Schatz – Song of Parkland***WINNER

Barry Sonnenfeld – A Series of Unfortunate Events for “Penultimate Peril: Part 1”

Commercials

Fredrik Bond – Hewlett-Packard’s “Lighter Than Air,”, Coca-Cola’s “Take it Lightly”, and Apple’s “Nap”

Spike Jonze – Squarespace’s “Dream It” and MedMen’s “The New Normal”***WINNER

Mark Molloy – Apple’s “Underdogs”

Ridley Scott – Hennessy’s “The Seven Worlds”

Dougal Wilson – AT&T’s “Train”

Who do you think the DGA will help with Oscar? Let us hear your thoughts in the comments below!

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