DGA Award Nominees: “Game of Thrones” to Battle “Stranger Things,” Amy Schumer and Aziz Ansari Recognized

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The Directors Guild of America has announced its television nominees for 2017. This year’s crop includes new shows like recent Golden Globe winners The Handmaid’s Tale and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, as well as veteran series such as Game of Thrones, which received three nominations on Wednesday.

Here’s the full list of DGA Award nominees:

DRAMATIC SERIES

THE DUFFER BROTHERS, Stranger Things, “Chapter Nine: The Gate” (Netflix)

Unit Production Manager: Timothy Lonsdale
First Director: Richard Denault
Second Director: John R. Bonaccorse
Second Second Directors: David Champion, Robert S. Hoffman
Additional Second Directors: Clayton Thompson, Tyler Smith
Notes: This is the Duffer brothers’ second DGA Award nomination. They were previously nominated in this same category in 2016 for Stranger Things, “Chapter One: The Vanishing of Will Byers.”

REED MORANO The Handmaid’s Tale, “Offred” (Hulu)

Unit Production Manager: Joe Boccia
Notes: This is Morano’s first DGA Award nomination.

JEREMY PODESWA, Game of Thrones, “The Dragon and the Wolf” (HBO)

Notes: This is Podeswa’s second DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in the Movies for and Mini-Series category in 2010 for The Pacific, “Home.”

MATT SHAKMAN, Game of Thrones, “The Spoils of War” (HBO)

Notes: This is Shakman’s first DGA Award nomination.

ALAN TAYLOR, Game of Thrones, “Beyond the Wall” (HBO)

First Director: Toby Ford
Notes: This is Taylor’s third DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in this same category in 2008 for Mad Men, “The Mountain King.” He won the DGA Award in this category in 2007 for his Mad Men pilot “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes.”

COMEDY SERIES

The nominees for the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series for 2017 are (in alphabetical order):

AZIZ ANSARI,  Master of None, “The Thief” (Netflix)

Unit Production Managers: Gwen Bialic, Igor Srubshchik
First Director: Christo Morse
Second Director: Ellen Parnett
Notes: This is Ansari’s first DGA Award nomination.

MIKE JUDGE, Silicon Valley, “Server Error” (HBO)

Unit Production Manager: Tyler Romary
First Director: Nick Mastandrea
Second Director: Heather WagnerWang
Second Second Director: Chris Riddle
Additional Second Director: Gordon Freeman
Notes: This is Judge’s fourth DGA Award nomination – all in this category for episodes of Silicon Valley. He was previously nominated in 2016 for “Founder Friendly,” in 2015 for “Binding Arbitration” and in 2014 for “Minimum Viable Product.”

MELINA MATSOUKAS, Master of None, “Thanksgiving” (Netflix)

Unit Production Managers: Gwen Bialic, Igor Srubshchik
First Director: Christo Morse
Second Director: Ellen Parnett
Second Second Director: Dustin Bewley
Location Manager: Julie Sage
Notes: This is Matsoukas’s first DGA Award nomination.

BETH McCARTHYMILLER, Veep, “Chicklet” (HBO)

Unit Production Manager: David Hyman
First Director: Dale Stern
Second Director: Jeff Rosenberg
Second Second Director: Yarden Levo
Additional Second Director: Chalis Romero
Notes: This is McCarthy-Miller’s twelfth 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 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. She was also nominated in 2015 in the Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Specials category for Adele Live in New York City.

AMY SHERMAN-PALLADINO, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon)

Unit Production Managers: Frank Covino, Dhana Rivera Gilbert
First Director: Mariela Comitini
Second Director: Soren Miltich
Second Second Director: Kyle Burstein
Location Manager: Michael Buonanno
Notes: This is Sherman-Palladino’s first DGA Award nomination.

MOVIES FOR TELEVISION AND MINISERIES

The nominees for the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for and MiniSeries for 2017 are (in alphabetical order):

SCOTT FRANK, Godless (Netflix)

Unit Production Managers: Alton Walpole, Michael Malone
First Directors: Aldric La’auli Porter, Eric Henriquez
Second Directors: Eric Glasser, Kevin O’Neil
Second Second Directors: Jai James, C.J. Neels, Ronan O’Connor
Additional Second Directors: Kathryn Olguin, Jessica Richey, Joe Bufalino
Notes: This is Frank’s first DGA Award nomination.

BARRY LEVINSON, The Wizard of Lies (HBO)

Unit Production Managers: Amy Herman, Joseph E. Iberti
First Director: Michele Ziegler
Second Director: Xanthus Valan
Second Second Director: Jakub Porembski
Location Manager: Andrew D. Cooke
Notes: This is Levinson’s sixth DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in this same category in 2010 for You Don’t Know Jack. He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature in 1988 for Rain Man, and was previously nominated in that category in 1990 for Avalon and in 1991 for Bugsy. He was also nominated in the Dramatic Series category in 1993 for his Homicide: Life on the Street episode “Gone for Goode.”

KYRA SEDGWICK, Story of a Girl (Lifetime)

Notes: This is Sedgwick’s first DGA Award nomination.

JEAN-MARC VALLÉE, Big Little Lies (HBO)

Unit Production Managers: Barbara A. Hall, G.D. Fienberg
First Director: David Ticotin
Second Director: Christine Danahy
Second Second Director: Bob Riley
Additional Second Directors: Bryan Landrine, Rob Burgess, Allison Rushton, Mallory Squeo
Notes: This is Vallée’s first DGA Award nomination.

GEORGE C. WOLFE, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (HBO)

Unit Production Managers: Kathryn Dean, Patricia Doherty Hess
First Director: Chris Surgent
Second Director: Takahide Kawakami
Second Second Director: Kevin Breen
Notes: This is Wolfe’s second DGA Award nomination. He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for and MiniSeries in 2005 for Lackawanna Blues (in a tie with Joseph Sargent for Warm Springs).

VARIETY/TALK/NEWS/SPORTS – REGULARLY SCHEDULED PROGRAMMING

The nominees for the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Regularly Scheduled Programming for 2017 are (in alphabetical order):

ANDRE ALLEN, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, “#2061” (TBS)

Associate Directors: Jeremy Hardwick, Pat King
Stage Manager: Laura Mack
Notes: This is Allen’s first DGA Award nomination.

PAUL G. CASEY, Real Time with Bill Maher, “#1527” (HBO)

Associate Director: Stacy Talbot
Stage Managers: Patrick Whitney, Brian Anderson
Notes: This is Casey’s fourth DGA Award nomination. He previously was nominated in this category in 2016, 2015 and 2014 for Real Time with Bill Maher, “Show #1437,” “Show #1334” and “Show #1226.”

JIM HOSKINSON, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, “Joe Biden/Elton John” (CBS)

Associate Directors: Yvonne De Mare, Karen Yaeger
Stage Manager: Mark McKenna, Jeff Leib, Susan Schroer
Notes: This is Hoskinson’s fifth DGA Award nomination. He previously was nominated in this category in 2016 for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, “Episode #0179” and in 2015, 2013 and 2007 for The Colbert Report episodes “11040, “ “10004” and “3052.”

DON ROY KING, Saturday Night Live, “Host: Jimmy Fallon” (NBC)

Associate Directors: Michael Mancini, Michael Poole, Bob Caminiti
Stage Managers: Gena Rositano, Chris Kelly
Notes: This is King’s twelfth DGA Award nomination. He previously won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in this category for Saturday Night Live, “Host: Dave Chappelle” in 2016, and for Saturday Night Live, “Host: Justin Timberlake” in 2013. Mr. King also won the DGA Award for Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Specials for Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special in 2015. He was previously nominated for SNL episodes in 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014, and in 2015 in the Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Regularly Scheduled Programming category for the Saturday Night Live episode, “Host: Tracy Morgan/Musical Guest: Demi Lovato.”

PAUL PENNOLINO Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, “French Elections” (HBO)

Associate Director: Elliot Mendelson
Stage Managers: Mark McKenna, Susan Schroer
Notes: This is Pennolino’s third DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in this category in 2016 for Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. He is also nominated this year in the Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Specials category for Full Frontal with Samantha Bee Presents Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

VARIETY/TALK/NEWS/SPORTS – SPECIALS

The nominees for the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Specials for 2017 are (in alphabetical order):

STAN LATHAN, Dave Chappelle: The Age of Spin (Netflix)

Associate Director: Sara Niimi
Stage Manager: Rob Sellers
Notes: This is Lathan’s first DGA Award nomination.

LINDA MENDOZA, Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize Honoring David Letterman (PBS)

Associate Directors: Dora Mendoza, Kelly Hernacki
Stage Managers: Arthur Lewis, Mark McKenna, Lou Moore
Notes: This is Mendoza’s third DGA Award nomination. She was previously nominated in this same category in 2016 for Smithsonian Salutes Ray Charles: In Performance at the White House. She was also nominated in the Musical Variety category in 2010 for Paul McCartney: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song in Performance at The White House.

PAUL PENNOLINO, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee Presents Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner (TBS)

Associate Directors: Jeremy Hardwick, Mike Walker, Libby Minarek, Jonathan Harris
Stage Managers: Laura Mack, April Smith, Kenyon Noble
Notes: This is Pennolino’s third DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in this category in 2016 for Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. He is also nominated this year in the Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Regularly Scheduled Programming category for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, “French Elections.”

AMY SCHUMER, Amy Schumer: The Leather Special (Netflix)

Notes: This is Schumer’s second DGA Award nomination. She was previously nominated in the Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Regularly Scheduled Programming category in 2015 for Inside Amy Schumer, “12 Angry Men” with director Ryan McFaul

GLENN WEISS, The 89th Annual Academy Awards (ABC)

Associate Directors: Ken Diego, Eve Adair, Susan Kopensky, Lori Margules, Robin Mishkin Abrams, Michael Polito
Stage Managers: Gary Natoli, Rita Cossette, Dave Cove, John Esposito, Valdez Flagg, Chris Hines, Alissa Levisohn Hoyo, Arthur Lewis, Roxanne Lozano, Ron Paul, Tammy Raab, Jason Seligman, Jackie Stathis, Cheryl TeetzelMoore, Debbie Williams, Ari Woog
Notes: This is Weiss’s fourteenth DGA Award nomination. He previously won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Specials in 2013, 2014 and 2016 for the 67th, 68th and 70th Annual Tony Awards and in the Musical Variety category in 2007, 2010, 2011 and 2012 for the 61st, 64th, 65th, and 66th Annual Tony Awards. He was also nominated in the Musical Variety category in 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006 and 2008 for the 55th, 56th, 59th, 60th, and 62nd Annual Tony Awards. Additionally, Weiss was nominated in 2015 for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for and Mini-Series, together with Rob Ashford, for Peter Pan Live!

PROGRAMS

HISHAM ABED, Encore!, “Pilot” (ABC)

Notes: This is Abed’s second DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in this category for The Hills.

JOHN GONZALEZ, Live PD, “Episode 50” (A&E)

Associate Director: Janine Devito
Stage Manager: Jeff Buda
Notes: This is Gonzalez’s second DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in this category in 2016 for Live PD.

BRIAN SMITH, MasterChef, “Vegas Deluxe & Oyster Shucks” (FOX)

Associate Director: Anna Moulaison
Stage Managers: Drew Lewandowski, Brady Hess
Notes: This is Smith’s fifth DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in this category for MasterChef in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 – and in 2016 for S.T.R.O.N.G.

ADAM VETRI, Dare to Live, “Chainsmokers” (MTV)

Associate Director: Ian Blankenship
Notes: This is Vetri’s third DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in this category in 2014, and won in 2015, for Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge.

KENT WEED, Spartan: The Ultimate Team Challenge, “Season Premiere” (NBC)

Associate Director: Ben Simms
Stage Manager: Dave Massey
Notes: This is Weed’s second DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in this category in 2008 for I Survived a Japanese Game Show.

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS

NIKI CARO, Anne with an E, “Your Will Shall Decide Your Destiny” (Netflix)

Notes: This is Caro’s first DGA Award nomination.

BENJAMIN LEHMANN, The Magical Wand Chase: A Sesame Street Special (HBO)

Associate Directors: Yori Tondrowski, Frank Campagna
Stage Managers: Anne Marie Dentici Gammon, Shawn Havens, Theresa Anderson
Location Managers: Steven Carbajal, Jillian Stricker
Notes: This is Lehmann’s first DGA Award nomination.

LILY MARIYE, Just Add Magic, “Just Add Meddling” (Amazon)

Unit Production Manager: Pixie Wespiser
First Director: Gregory Guzik
Second Director: Darrell Woodard
Second Second Director: Tara Nicole Tjahjadi
Notes: This is Mariye’s first DGA Award nomination.

ALISON McDONALD, An American Girl Story: Summer Camp, “Friends for Life” (Amazon)

Unit Production Manager: Richard G. King
First Director: Otto Penzato
Second Director: David Berke
Second Second Director: Yarden Levo
Notes: This is McDonald’s first DGA Award nomination.

MATTHEW O’NEILL AND THALIA SODI, 15: A Quinceañera Story, “Zoey” (HBO)

Notes: This is the first DGA Award nomination for both O’Neill and Sodi.

COMMERCIALS

MARTIN de THURAH (Epoch Films) Festival, StubHub – Goodby Silverstein

First Director: Charles Conner
Machines, StubHub – Goodby Silverstein

First Director: Charles Conner
Mad World, WealthSimple – WealthSimple In House

First Director: Jey Wada
Second Director: Curtis Smith
Notes: This is de Thurah’s second DGA Award nomination. He previously won in this category in 2013 for The Man Who Couldn’t Slow Down (Hennessy VS) and Human Race (Acura MDX 2014).

ALMA HAR’EL (Epoch Films) Love Without Bias, P&G – Wieden + Kennedy

First Director: George Miles Johnstone
Notes: This is Har’el’s first DGA Award nomination.

HOFFMAN/METOYER (MJZ) Anthem, KitchenAid – DigitasLBi

Second Director: Frankie Pagnotta
Second Second Director: Matt Ross
Go Further, Ford – GTB

First Director: David Webb
Second Director: David Marnell
Second Second Director: Jeff Tavani
NoteS: This is the first DGA nomination for Will Hoffman and Julius Metoyer.

MILES JAY (SMUGGLER) Alive, Bose QuietComfort 35 Headphones – Grey

First Director: Gareth Moses
Calling JohnMalkovich.com, Squarespace – John X Hannes

Who is JohnMalkovich.com?, Squarespace – John X Hannes

Notes: This is Jay’s second DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in this category in 2015 for It Can Wait (ESPN).

ISAIAH SERET (Biscuit Filmworks) Growing Up, Samsung Galaxy – Wieden + Kennedy Portland

First Director: Howell Caldwell
Second Director: Ben Randolph
Second Second Director: Shauna Frontera
I Love You, Samsung Great – Wieden + Kennedy Portland

First Director: Brian Stevens
Second Director: Steve Bagnara
Never Too Composed, Kohler – DDB Chicago

First Director: Eric Topp
Second Director: Rob Nia
Notes: This is Seret’s first DGA Award nomination.

DOCUMENTARY

KEN BURNS & LYNN NOVICK, The Vietnam War (PBS)

Notes: This is Burns’ and Novick’s second DGA Award nomination. They were previously nominated in this category in 2007 for The War.

BRYAN FOGEL, Icarus (Netflix)

Notes: This is Fogel’s first DGA Award nomination.

MATTHEW HEINEMAN, City of Ghosts (Amazon Studios)

Notes: This is Heineman’s second DGA Award nomination. He won in this category in 2015 for Cartel Land.

STEVE JAMES, Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (PBS)

Notes: This is James’s fourth DGA Award nomination. He won in this category in 1994 for Hoop Dreams, and was also nominated in this category in 2008 and 2011 for At the Death House Door and Frontline: The Interrupters.

ERROL MORRIS, Wormwood (Netflix)

Unit Production Manager: Caroline Baron
Unit Production Manager: Sean Fogel
Stage Managers: Kamen Velkovsky, Keith Marlin
Location Manager: David Velasco
Notes: This is Morris’ fourth DGA Award nomination. He was nominated in this category in 1999 for Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred Leuchter, Jr. and in 2003 for The Fog of War, and was also nominated in the Commercials category in 2003.

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