Tue. Jul 14th, 2020
HISTORY: Alejandro G. Iñárritu (The Revenant) wins back to back awards from the Directors Guild of America
HISTORY: Alejandro G. Iñárritu (The Revenant) wins back to back awards from the Directors Guild of America


Alejandro G. Iñárritu made history tonight by becoming the only director in the Directors Guild’s 68 years to win back to back awards. He won last year for Birdman and won again tonight for The Revenant. We now have a completely topsy-turvy Oscar race with a different film each winning the top three guilds. The Big Short won PGA, Spotlight won SAG and now The Revenant has the DGA.

George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road) was the pundits favorite and the passion pick going in but Adam McKay (The Big Short) had stats on his side.

All 10 Gold Rush Gang members are predicting Adam McKay (The Big Short) to win the top Feature Film prize, most had George Miller as their alternate and just a couple had Iñárritu.

The FULL list of DGA winners:


Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film

68th Awards Nominee

The Revenant

(20th Century Fox)

Mr. Iñárritu’s Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Managers: Drew Locke, James W. Skotchdopole, Doug Jones
  • First Assistant Director: Scott Robertson
  • Second Assistant Directors: Megan M. Shank, Matthew Haggerty, Jeremy Marks
  • Unit Production Manager: Gabriela Vazquez (Argentina, California, and Montana Unit)
  • First Assistant Director: Adam Somner (Argentina, California, and Montana Unit)
  • Second Assistant Directors: Trevor R. Tavares, Jasmine Marie Alhambra (Argentina, California, and Montana Unit)
  • Second Second Assistant Directors: Brett Robinson, Kasia Trojak (Argentina, California, and Montana Unit)

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary

Documentary_HeinemanMATTHEW HEINEMAN

Cartel Land
The Orchard
A&E Indiefilms
Our Time Projects
The Documentary Group
Whitewater Films

Outstanding Directorial Achievement of a First-Time Feature Film Director

68th Awards Nominee

Ex Machina

Mr. Garland’s Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Manager: Sara Desmond
  • First Assistant Director: Nick Heckstall-Smith
  • Second Assistant Director: Ray Kenny


Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series

Dramatic_NutterDAVID NUTTER

Game of Thrones, “Mother’s Mercy”

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series


Veep, “Election Night”

Mr. Addison’s Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Manager: Bill Hill
  • First Assistant Director: Dale Stern
  • Second Assistant Director: Michelle Gritzer
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Miles Perman

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Mini-Series

Movies4TV_ReesDEE REES



Ms. Rees’s Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Manager: Ron Schmidt
  • First Assistant Director: Michael J. Moore
  • Second Assistant Director: Basti Van Der Woude
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Joann Connolly

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Regularly Scheduled Programming

VarietySeries_DiomediDAVE DIOMEDI

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, “Episode #325”

Mr. Diomedi’s Directorial Team:

  • Associate Directors: Mark Jankeloff, Maureen Smith
  • Stage Managers: Niclana Tolmasoff, Mike Kilkenny

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Specials

68th Awards Nominee

Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special

Mr. King’s Directorial Team:

  • Associate Directors: Michael Mancini, Michael Poole, Bob Caminiti, Dan Dome
  • Stage Managers: Gena Rositano, Chris Kelly, Joey Despenzero, Lynn Finkel, Eddie Valk

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Reality Programs

Reality_VetriADAM VETRI

Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge, “Gods of War”

Mr. Vetri’s Directorial Team:

  • Associate Director: Ian Blankenship
  • Stage Manager: Richard Mercury Melendez

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children’s Programs

68th Awards Nominee

(Disney Channel)

Mr. Ortega’s Directorial Team:

  • First Assistant Director: Rachel Leiterman

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Commercials

Commercials_NilssonANDREAS NILSSON

Biscuit Filmworks

Emily’s Oz, ComcastGoodby, Silverstein & Partners NY

  • First Assistant Directors: Craig Owens, Eric Topp
  • Second Assistant Director: Eric Topp

Time Upon a Once, General ElectricBBDO

  • Unit Production Manager: Vincent Landay

Dad Song, Old SpiceWieden + Kennedy

About the DGA:

In the 79 years since its founding in 1936, the DGA has fought for the economic and creative rights of its members; protected their ability to financially benefit from the reuse of their work; established strong pension and health plans; and established jurisdiction in new technologies and distribution platforms. Today we represent nearly 16,000 directors and members of the directorial team working in film, television, commercials, new media and other audiovisual media.

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