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Women Directors Sweep TV Categories at the 2015 DGA Awards

Women Directors Sweep TV Categories at the 2015 DGA Awards

Television once again proved that it’s a female-friendlier medium than film via the 2015 DGA Awards, where women directors took home the three major small-screen categories. 

Lesli Linka Glatter won the best drama award and Jill Soloway the best comedy award for Showtime’s Homeland” and Amazon’s “Transparent,” respectively. Lisa Cholodenko was recognized in the best TV movie/miniseries category for HBO’s “Olive Kitteridge.” Encouragingly, the directorial teams of all three winners included women assistant directors. 

Laura Poitras continued her awards-season domination of the documentary field with a trophy for “Citizenfour.” 

Steven Spielberg announced the launch of the First-Time Feature Film Director Award, which will be bestowed for the first time at next year’s ceremony. 

Here are the female winners of the 2015 DGA Awards: 

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMATIC SERIES

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 second DGA Award. 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 Homelandepisodes “The Star” and “Q & A,” as well as in 1990 for Twin Peaks, “Episode 32006.”

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN COMEDY SERIES

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; Second Second Assistant Director: Anna Vogt

This is Ms. Soloway’s first DGA Award.

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN MOVIES FOR TELEVISION AND MINI-SERIES

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.

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN DOCUMENTARY

LAURA POITRAS

Citizenfour (RADiUS, Praxis Films, Participant Media, HBO Documentary Films, Bertha Foundation | BRITDOC Circle | Channel 4, Norddeutscher Rundfunk NDR, Bayerischer Rundfunk BR, Deutscher Filmförderfonds)


This is Ms. Poitras’s first DGA Award.

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT & SERVICE AWARD RECIPIENTS

Julie Gelfand – 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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