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Sam Mendes Wins DGA Award for ‘1917’: Full Winners List

The Directors Guild of America handed out its top prizes Saturday in Los Angeles.

Sam Mendes poses with his award after a win for '1917' at the 72nd Annual Directors Guild of America (DGA) Awards at the Ritz-Carlton in Los Angeles, California, USA, 25 January 2020.72nd Annual DGA Awards in Los Angeles, USA - 25 Jan 2020

Sam Mendes


The 2020 Directors Guild of America Awards wrapped Saturday night in downtown Los Angeles, with winners spanning television and film. IndieWire has rounded up all the night’s big winners, below. Films “1917,” “Honey Boy,” and “American Factory” all took home the night’s film prizes, while “Chernobyl,” “Watchmen,” and “Barry” claimed the television honors.

The DGA prize is often considered a bellwether for the Best Director Oscar and the last six DGA winners all went on to repeat at the Academy Awards: Alfonso Cuarón for “Roma,” Guillermo del Toro for “The Shape of Water,” Damien Chazelle for “La La Land,” and Alejandro G. Iñárritu for both “The Revenant” and “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance).”

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2019

Bong Joon Ho

Sam Mendes
(Universal Pictures) *WINNER

Martin Scorsese
“The Irishman”

Quentin Tarantino
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

Taika Waititi
“Jojo Rabbit”
(Fox Searchlight)

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 Dramatic Series

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

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!”
(Prime Video)

Bill Hader
“Barry,” “ronny/lily”

David Mandel
“Veep,” “Veep”

Amy Sherman-Palladino
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” “It’s Comedy or Cabbage”
(Prime Video)

Daniel Palladino
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” “Marvelous Radio”
(Prime Video)

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television & Miniseries

Ava DuVernary
“When They See Us”

Vince Gilligan
“El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie”

Thomas Kail
(FX Networks)

Johan Renck

Minkie Spiro
(FX Networks)

Jessica Yu
(FX Networks)

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)

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”

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary

Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert
“American Factory” (Netflix) *WINNER

Feras Fayyad
“The Cave” (National Geographic Documentary Films)

Alex Holmes
“Maiden” (Sony Pictures Classics)

Ljubomir Stefanov and Tamara Kotevska
“Honeyland” (Neon)

Nanfu Wang and Jialing Zhang
“One Child Nation” (Amazon Studios)

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