Christopher Nolan Takes Top Prize at DGA Awards, Oppenheimer Wins Big

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Christopher Nolan secured his first Directors Guild of America (DGA) Award for the historical epic “Oppenheimer” at Saturday night’s ceremony. Additionally, Celine Song, director of “Past Lives,” received the Michael Apted Award for her debut feature, while Mstyslav Chernov won for his documentary “20 Days in Mariupol,” which is also nominated for an Oscar.

In the television categories, Peter Hoar won for directing “The Last of Us,” Christopher Storer for “The Bear,” and Sarah Adina Smith for “Lessons in Chemistry.”

DGA president Lesli Linka Glatter acknowledged the challenges the industry faced during last year’s strikes but expressed gratitude for returning to work with improved protections for DGA members. Glatter also emphasized support for upcoming negotiations between IATSE and the AMPTP.

Host Judd Apatow humorously referenced the strikes and praised Fran Drescher’s role as a voice of reason. The evening also saw directors honored with medallions, including Greta Gerwig and Martin Scorsese.

Notable speeches included Gerwig’s tearful acceptance and Yorgos Lanthimos’ tribute to Scorsese. Former DGA president Taylor Hackford and actor Cillian Murphy honored Alexander Payne and Christopher Nolan, respectively, with heartfelt speeches.

The ceremony also recognized David Nutter with the Lifetime Achievement Award in Television, Janet G. Knutsen with the Frank Capra Achievement Award, and Gary Natoli with the Franklin J. Schaffner Achievement Award.

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Here’s a complete list of winners from the 76th annual DGA Awards:

A complete list of winners for the 76th annual DGA Awards follows.

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Theatrical Feature Film
Greta Gerwig, Barbie
Yorgos Lanthimos, Poor Things
Christopher Nolan, Oppenheimer (WINNER)
Alexander Payne, The Holdovers
Martin Scorsese, Killers of the Flower Moon

Michael Apted Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in First-Time Theatrical Feature Film
Cord Jefferson, American Fiction
Manuela Martelli, Chile ’76
Noora Niasari, Shayda
A.V. Rockwell, A Thousand and One
Celine Song, Past Lives (WINNER)

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series
Peter Hoar, The Last of Us, “Long, Long Time” (WINNER)
Becky Martin, Succession, “Rehearsal”
Mark Mylod, Succession, “Connor’s Wedding”
Andrij Parekh, Succession, “America Decides”
Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman, Succession, “Tailgate Party”

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series
Erica Dunton, Ted Lasso, “La Locker Room Aux Folles”
Bill Hader, Barry, “wow”
Declan Lowney, Ted Lasso, “So Long, Farewell”
Christopher Storer, The Bear, “Fishes” (WINNER)
Ramy Youssef, The Bear, “Honeydew”

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Limited Series
Shawn Levy, All the Light We Cannot See
Tara Miele, Lessons in Chemistry, “Introduction to Chemistry”
Millicent Shelton, Lessons in Chemistry, “Poirot”
Sarah Adina Smith, Lessons in Chemistry, “Her and Him” (WINNER)
Nzingha Stewart, Daisy Jones & The Six, “Track 10: Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide”

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Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Regularly Scheduled Programming
Paul G. Casey, Real Time with Bill Maher, “Episode 2117”
Jim Hoskinson, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, “Jan. 19, 2023: Rep. Adam Kinzinger; Meet Me at the Altar; Special appearance by Harvey Guillén”
Michael Mancini and Liz Patrick, Saturday Night Live, “Pedro Pascal / Coldplay” (WINNER)
David Paul Meyer, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, “Singer Charley Crockett Performs “Name on a Billboard” and Discusses New Album with Jordan Klepper“
Paul Pennolino, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, “Episode 1018: Dollar Stores

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Specials
Joel Gallen, Chris Rock: Selective Outrage
Stan Lathan, Dave Chappelle: The Dreamer
Linda Mendoza, Wanda Sykes: I’m an Entertainer
Paul Miller, Carol Burnett: 90 Years of Laughter + Love (WINNER)
Glenn Weiss, The 95th Annual Academy Awards

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Reality Programs
Niharika Desai, Rainn Wilson and the Geography of Bliss, “Happiness is a Bottle of Cod Liver Oil” (WINNER)
Ken Fuchs, The Golden Bachelor, “Premiere”
Joseph Guidry and Alexandra Lipsitz, Project Greenlight: A New Generation, “PGL vs. Gray Matter Problem”
Rich Kim, Lego Masters, “Is It Brick?”
Patrick McManus, American Ninja Warrior, “Season 15 Finale”

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Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children’s Programs
James Bobin, Percy Jackson and the Olympians, “I Accidentally Vaporize My Pre-Algebra Teacher”
Destin Daniel Cretton, American Born Chinese, “What Guy Are You”
Rob Letterman, Goosebumps, “Say Cheese and Die”
Amy Schatz, Stand Up & Shout: Songs From a Philly High School (WINNER)
Dinh Thai, American Born Chinese, “A Monkey on a Quest”

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Commercials
Martin de Thurah (Epoch Films)
Fair Exchange, Levi’s 501 Jeans – Droga5
Legends Never Die, Levi’s 501 Jeans, Droga5

Seb Edwards (Park Pictures)
Rumble, Battle of the Baddest – Droga5

Kim Gehrig (Somesuch) (WINNER)
Run This Town, Apple Music – Apple (Client Direct)
The Travelers, Expedia – Wieden & Kennedy

Craig Gillespie (MJZ)
Waiting Room, Apple iPhone – TBWA/Media Arts Lab

Andreas Nilsson (Biscuit Filmworks)
R.I.P. Leon, Apple iPhone – Apple (Client Direct)
Action Mode, Apple iPhone14 – Apple (Client Direct)
Choose Happy, Les Mills Fitness – Nice&Frank, San Francisco
Wait’ll You See This, Snapchat – Snapchat (Client Direct)

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary
Moses Bwayo and Christopher Sharp, Bobi Wine: The People’s President
Mstyslav Chernov, 20 Days in Mariupol (WINNER)
Madeleine Gavin, Beyond Utopia
Davis Guggenheim, Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie
D. Smith, Kokomo City

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