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2016 DGA Nods for Angela Bassett, Jill Soloway, Amy Schumer, Dee Rees, Sofia Coppola, and More

2016 DGA Nods for Angela Bassett, Jill Soloway, Amy Schumer, Dee Rees, Sofia Coppola, and More

A handful of familiar names — among them Angela Bassett, Amy Schumer, Jill Soloway and Sofia Coppola — received DGA Awards nominations for their directing work this year. Also nominated were helmers better known for their indie filmmaking, like Dee Rees, Laurie Collyer and Liz Garbus, as well as veteran TV directors like Gail Mancuso, Lesli Linka Glatter and Beth McCarthy-Miller. 

But more significant is the fact that seven of the nine DGA categories included female nominees, and in one category, TV movies and miniseries, the women directors comprised the majority. (The two male-only awards categories were Reality TV and Commercial.) 

Here are the women directors nominated by the 2016 DGA Awards. The list is adapted from a DGA press release. 

DRAMATIC SERIES

LESLI LINKA GLATTER
Homeland, “The Tradition of Hospitality”
(Showtime)

Ms. Glatter’s Directorial Team:

Unit Production Manager: Michael Klick
First Assistant Director: Sunday Stevens
Second Assistant Director: Wendy Bledsoe

This is Ms. Glatter’s sixth DGA Award nomination. She previously won in this category in 2014 for Homeland, “From A to B and Back Again” and 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.”

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COMEDY SERIES

GAIL MANCUSO
Modern Family, “White Christmas”
(ABC)

Ms. Mancuso’s Directorial Team:

Unit Production Manager: Sally Young
First Assistant Director: Jim Hensz
Second Assistant Director: Jason Z. Kemp
Second Second Assistant Director: Matt Baker

This is Ms. Mancuso’s third DGA Award nomination. She was previously nominated in this same category in 2014 for the Modern Family episode “Vegas” and in 2013 for the Modern Family episode “My Hero.”

JILL SOLOWAY
Transparent, “Kina Hora”
(Amazon)

Ms. Soloway’s Directorial Team:

Unit Production Manager: Victor Hsu
First Assistant Director: Maria Battle Campbell
Second Assistant Director: Allan Monteiro Fortes
Second Second Assistant Director: Anna Vogt

This is Ms. Soloway’s second DGA Award nomination. She previously won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy in 2014 for her Transparent episode “Best New Girl.”

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MOVIES FOR TELEVISION AND MINI‑SERIES

ANGELA BASSETT
Whitney
(Lifetime)

Ms. Bassett’s Directorial Team:

Unit Production Manager: Kyle Clark
First Assistant Director: Van Hayden
Second Assistant Director: Elaine Wood
Second Second Assistant Director: Wayne Witherspoon

This is Ms. Bassett’s first DGA Award nomination.

LAURIE COLLYER
The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe
(Lifetime)

Ms. Collyer’s Directorial Team:

Unit Production Manager: Joseph Boccia
First Assistant Directors: Myron Hoffert, J. Stephen Buck
Second Assistant Directors: Gerrod Shully, Brent Clark

This is Ms. Collyer’s second DGA Award nomination. She was previously nominated in the Documentary category in 2000 for Nuyorican Dream.

DEE REES
Bessie
(HBO)

Ms. Rees’s Directorial Team:

Unit Production Manager: Ron Schmidt
First Assistant Director: Michael J. Moore
Second Assistant Director: Basti Van Der Woude
Second Second Assistant Director: Joann Connolly

This is Ms. Rees’s first DGA Award nomination.
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VARIETY/TALK/NEWS/SPORTS – REGULARLY SCHEDULED PROGRAMMING

RYAN MCFAUL & AMY SCHUMER
Inside Amy Schumer, “12 Angry Men”
(Comedy Central)

Directorial Team:

Associate Directors: Nicholas R. Bell, Kim Thompson, Luke Sherman

This is Mr. McFaul’s first DGA Award nomination.

This is Ms. Schumer’s first DGA Award nomination.

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VARIETY/TALK/NEWS/SPORTS – SPECIALS

SOFIA COPPOLA
A Very Murray Christmas
(Netflix)

Ms. Coppola’s Directorial Team:

Associate Director: Roman Coppola
Head Stage Manager: Jason Ivey
Stage Managers: Scott Bowers, Connie Pierce-Winters, Woodrow Travers

This is Ms. Coppola’s second DGA Award nomination. She was previously nominated in the Feature Film category in 2003 for Lost in Translation.

BETH MCCARTHY‑MILLER
Adele Live in New York City
(NBC)

Ms. McCarthy-Miller’s Directorial Team:

Associate Directors: Susan Locke-Shapiro, Michael Poole
Stage Managers: Gena Rositano, Chris Kelly, Eddie Valk

This is Ms. McCarthy-Miller’s eleventh DGA Award nomination. She won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series in 2013 for the 30 Rock episode “Hogcock!/Last Lunch.” She was also nominated that year, together with Rob Ashford, in the Movies for Television and Mini-Series category for The Sound of Music Live! She was previously nominated in the Comedy Series category for 30 Rock episodes “Live from Studio 6H” in 2012, “Live Show” in 2010, “The Reunion Episode #304” in 2008 and “Somebody to Love” in 2007. She won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Musical Variety twice, in 2001 for America: A Tribute to Heroes (co-directed with Joel Gallen) and in 2000 for the “Val Kilmer and U2” episode of Saturday Night Live. She was also twice nominated in that category for Saturday Night Live episodes “Christopher Walken and The Foo Fighters” in 2003 and the 25th Anniversary episode in 1999.

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CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS

AMY SCHATZ
Saving My Tomorrow, “Part 3”
(HBO)

This is Ms. Schatz’s tenth DGA Award nomination. She won in this category five times for An Apology to Elephants in 2013, A Child’s Garden of Poetry in 2011, Classical Baby (I’m Grown Up Now), “The Poetry Show” in 2008, ‘Twas the Night in 2001, and Goodnight Moon & Other Sleepy Time Tales in 1999. She was also nominated an additional four times in this category forSaving My Tomorrow, “Part 1 and 2” in 2014, Don’t Divorce Me! Kids’ Rules for Parents on Divorce in 2012, Hard Times for an American Girl: The Great Depression in 2009, andThrough a Child’s Eyes: September 11, 2001 in 2002.

SASIE SEALY
Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street, “Gortimer and the Vengeful Violinist”
(Amazon)

Ms. Sealy’s Directorial Team:

Unit Production Manager: Richard G. King
First Assistant Director: Otto Penzato
Second Assistant Director: Lance W. Lanfear
Second Second Assistant Director: Matt Baker        

This is Ms. Sealy’s first DGA Award nomination.
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DOCUMENTARY

JIMMY CHIN & ELIZABETH CHAI VASARHELYI
Meru
Music Box Films
Itinerant Media
Little Monster Films

This is Mr. Chin’s first DGA Award nomination.

This is Ms. Vasarhelyi’s first DGA Award nomination.

LIZ GARBUS
What Happened, Miss Simone?
Netflix Documentary
RadicalMedia
Moxie Firecracker

This is Ms. Garbus’s first DGA Award nomination.

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