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Alfonso Cuarón Wins DGA Award; Is 'Gravity' The Oscar Frontrunner?

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire January 25, 2014 at 12:59AM

The Directors Guild of America gave Alfonso Cuarón their Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film prize at the 66th Annual DGA Awards Dinner tonight.
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The Directors Guild of America gave Alfonso Cuarón their Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film prize at the 66th Annual DGA Awards Dinner tonight.  That gives "Gravity" -- thanks to last weekend's historic tie at the Producers Guild Awards -- wins at both the DGA and PGA.

Only three films have ever won both and not gone on to win best picture at the Oscars: "Apollo 13," "Saving Private Ryan" and "Brokeback Mountain." Granted, given the tie at the PGA this makes that math somewhat obsolete. But either way, the best picture Oscar race is clearly a remarkably tight one, with "Gravity" perhaps having the slight edge at this point over "12 Years a Slave" and "American Hustle." However, when it comes to best director, Cuarón is the definite frontrunner. He's won the Golden Globe, DGA, BFCA and multiple major critics prizes. Only once in the past 30 years has someone won the Golden Globe and DGA Award for best director and then not won an Oscar: Last year, with Ben Affleck. But Ben Affleck couldn't win the Oscar because he wasn't nominated. Cuarón is.

Check out our updated predictions here. and check out a fulll list of winners of the 2013 DGA Awards for Outstanding Directorial Achievement below:
 
OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN FEATURE FILM
 
ALFONSO CUARÓN
Gravity
(Warner Bros. Pictures)
 
Mr. Cuarón’s Directorial Team:
·         Unit Production Manager: David Siegel (Arizona Unit)
·         First Assistant Directors: Josh Robertson, Stephen Hagen (Arizona Unit)
·         Second Assistant Director: Ben Howard
 
This is Mr. Cuarón’s first DGA Award.
 
 
OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN MOVIES FOR TELEVISION AND MINI-SERIES
 
STEVEN SODERBERGH
Behind the Candelabra
(HBO)
 
Mr. Soderbergh’s Directorial Team:
·         Unit Production Manager: Michael Polaire
·         First Assistant Director: Gregory Jacobs
·         Second Assistant Director: Jody Spilkoman
·         Second Second Assistant Director: Lynn Struiksma
 
This is Mr. Soderbergh’s first DGA Award and third nomination.  He was previously nominated in 2000 for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for both Erin Brockovich and Traffic. He is also the recipient of this year’s Robert B. Aldrich Service Award for extraordinary service to the DGA and its membership.
 
 
OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMATIC SERIES
 
VINCE GILLIGAN
Breaking Bad, “Felina”
(AMC)
 
Mr. Gilligan’s Directorial Team:
·         Unit Production Manager: Stewart A. Lyons
·         Assistant Unit Production Manager: James Paul Hapsas
·         First Assistant Director: Nina Jack
·         Second Assistant Directors: Anna Ramey, Louis Lanni
·         Second Second Assistant Director: Joann Connolly
·         Additional Second Assistant Director: Marcia Woske
 
This is Mr. Gilligan’s first DGA Award and second nomination.  He was previously nominated in the Dramatic Series category for the “Face Off” episode of Breaking Bad in 2011.
 
 
OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN COMEDY SERIES
 
BETH McCARTHY-MILLER
30 Rock, “Hogcock!/Last Lunch”
(NBC)
 
Ms. McCarthy-Miller’s Directorial Team:
·         Unit Production Manager: Diana Schmidt
·         First Assistant Director: Stephen Lee Davis
·         Second Assistant Director: Vanessa Hoffman
·         Assistant Unit Production Manager: Bill Sell
·         Location Manager: Suk Yi Mar
 
This is Ms. McCarthy-Miller’s third DGA Award and tenth nomination.  She was also nominated this 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/U2” episode of Saturday Night Live.  She was also twice nominated in that category for Saturday Night Live episodes “Christopher Walken & The Foo Fighters” in 2003 and the 25th Anniversary episode in 1999.
 
 
OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN VARIETY/TALK/NEWS/SPORTS – SERIES
 
DON ROY KING
Saturday Night Live, “Saturday Night Live with Host Justin Timberlake”
(NBC)
 
Mr. King’s Directorial Team:
·         Associate Directors: Michael Mancini, Michael Poole, Matt Yonks, Bob Caminiti
·         Stage Managers: Gena Rositano, Chris Kelly
 
This is Mr. King’s first DGA Award and seventh nomination.  He was previously nominated for Saturday Night Live episodes in 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.
 
 
OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN VARIETY/TALK/NEWS/SPORTS – SPECIALS
 
GLENN WEISS
The 67th Annual Tony Awards
(CBS)
 
Mr. Weiss’s Directorial Team:
·         Associate Directors:  Ken Diego, Robin Abrams, Stefani Cohen, Ricky Kirshner
·         Stage Managers: Garry Hood, Phyllis Digilio-Kent, Peter Epstein, Andrew Feigin, Lynn Finkel, Doug Fogel, Jeffry Gitter, Arthur Lewis, Jeffrey M. Markowitz, Joey Meade, Seth Mellman, Tony Mirante, Cyndi Owgang, Jeff Pearl, Elise Reaves, Lauren Class Schneider
 
This is Mr. Weiss’s fifth DGA Award and tenth nomination. He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Musical Variety in 2007, 2010, 2011 and 2012 for the 61st, 64th, 65th and 66th Annual Tony Awards. He was previously nominated in the same category in 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006 and 2008 for the 55th, 56th, 59th, 60th, and 62nd Annual Tony Awards.
 
 
OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN REALITY PROGRAMS
 
NEIL P. DeGROOT
72 Hours, “The Lost Coast”
(TNT)
 
This is Mr. DeGroot’s second DGA Award.  He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Reality Programs in 2011 for “Episode 1115” of The Biggest Loser.
 
 
OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS
 
AMY SCHATZ
An Apology to Elephants
(HBO)
 
This is Ms. Schatz’s fifth DGA Award and eighth nomination. She won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children’s Programs four times for 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 three times in this category for Don’t Divorce Me! Kids’ Rules for Parents on Divorce in 2012, Hard Times for an American Girl: The Great Depression in 2009 and Through a Child's Eyes: September 11, 2001 in 2002.
 
 
OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN COMMERCIALS
 
MARTIN de THURAH
Epoch Films

The Man Who Couldn’t Slow Down, Hennessy VS – Droga5
·         First Assistant Director: Shawn Thomas
                            
Human Race, Acura MDX 2014 – Mullen
·         First Assistant Director: Jey Wada
·         Second Assistant Director: Dillon Neaman
·         Second Second Assistant Director: Erin Stern
 
This is Mr. de Thurah’s first DGA Award.
 
 
OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN DOCUMENTARY
 
JEHANE NOUJAIM
The Square
Netflix
Participant Media
Noujaim Films
Maktube Productions
Worldview Entertainment
Roast Beef Productions

This is Ms. Noujaim’s second DGA Award and third nomination.  She won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary for Startup.com in 2001 (together with Chris Hegedus) and was also nominated in this category in 2004 for Control Room.
 


This article is related to: Awards Season Roundup, Gravity, Alfonso Cuaron, DGA





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