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Directors Guild of America Nominates ‘Dune,’ ‘Power of the Dog,’ ‘Licorice Pizza,’ and More

"Pig" and "Licorice Pizza" also scored nominations in the First-Time Feature Film Director Category.

"West Side Story"

“West Side Story”

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The 74th annual Directors Guild of America Awards officially announced its nominees on January 27.

Film veterans Steven Spielberg, Jane Campion, and Paul Thomas Anderson were recognized, as well as first-time feature filmmakers Maggie Gyllenhaal, Michael Sarnoski, and Emma Seligman.

“The power of film, in all its many facets, shines through in the work of these exceptional directors representing the highest standards of filmmaking, artistic achievement and innovative storytelling,” Directors Guild of America President Lesli Linka Glatter said. “Being nominated by one’s peers – who understand on the deepest level what it takes to bring one’s vision to life – makes this award so very special, and we congratulate all of our nominees for their truly outstanding work.”

The 74th Annual DGA Awards will take place on Saturday, March 12.

This past year, the DGAs reinstated a requirement that for feature films to be eligible for DGA Awards’ marquee Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Theatrical Feature Film Award must first have an exclusive seven-day theatrical run before hitting any other platform if they are released after June 15, 2021.

Under the 2022 requirements, the eligibility period runs from March 1-December 31, 2021, similar to the 2022 Oscars. The guild said that for theatrical feature films released March 1-June 14, 2021, the limited exception will still apply.

“After over a year of darkness, theater marquees lighting up across our nation have been a welcome sight for our healing communities,” former DGA president Thomas Schlamme said after news of the board vote was released. “We celebrate the return of the important role that theatrical cinema plays in bringing together audiences as they collectively experience films as the filmmakers intended them to be viewed.”

See below for the full list of film nominees, and click here for the TV nominations.

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Theatrical Feature Film for 2021

Paul Thomas Anderson
Licorice Pizza
(Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures/United Artists Releasing)

Mr. Anderson’s Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Manager: Sue McNamara
  • First Assistant Director: Adam Somner
  • Second Assistant Director: Trevor Tavares
  • Second Second Assistant Directors: Kasia Trojak, Bob Riley, David Marnell

Kenneth Branagh
(Focus Features)

Jane Campion

The Power of the Dog

Steven Spielberg
West Side Story
(20th Century Studios)

Mr. Spielberg’s Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Managers: Carla Raij, Daniel Lupi
  • First Assistant Director: Adam Somner
  • Second Assistant Director: Jeremy Marks
  • Assistant Unit Production Manager: Robert T. Striem
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Josh Muzaffer
  • Additional Second Assistant Director: Billy Brennan
  • Location Managers: Robert T. Striem, Katherine Delaney

Denis Villeneuve


(Warner Bros. Pictures)

Mr. Villeneuve’s Directorial Team:

    • Unit Production Managers: Joe Caracciolo, Jr., James Grant
    • First Assistant Director: Chris Carreras
    • Second Assistant Director: Tom Rye

Outstanding Directorial Achievement of a First-Time Feature Film Director for 2021 

Maggie Gyllenhaal

The Lost Daughter


Rebecca Hall



Tatiana Huezo

Prayers for the Stolen


Lin-Manuel Miranda

Tick, Tick… Boom!


Mr. Miranda’s Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Manager: Deb Dyer
  • First Assistant Director: Mariela Comitini
  • Second Assistant Directors: Josh A. Muzaffer, Luca Waldman
  • Second Second Assistant Directors: Melissa Morphet, Lincoln Major
  • Additional Second Assistant Director: Zach Citarella
  • Location Manager: Ryan Smith

Michael Sarnoski



Emma Seligman

Shiva Baby


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