Lena Dunham (‘Girls’) makes DGA history as first female to win Best TV Comedy Director

Now this is something for “Girls” to truly celebrate.

Last night, Lena Dunham made history by becoming the first female director to win for helming a TV Comedy Series at the DGA. She won for directing the pilot of the HBO series.

Indeed, since this category was created 42 years ago, the trophy has gone to a male director 41 consecutive times. Dunham’s historical achievement comes three years after Kathryn Bigelow broke ground over on the film side by becoming the first woman directing champ for “The Hurt Locker.”

On the TV Drama side, female victors are more common. Just last year, Patty Jenkins won for directing “The Killing,” while in 2009 Lesli Linka Glatter prevailed for helming “Mad Men.” Glatter was nominated again last night for “Homeland,” but lost to “Breaking Bad” director Rian Johnson.

By claiming victory, Dunham took down male comedy rivals Louis C.K. (“Louie“), Mark Cendrowski (“The Big Bang Theory“), Bryan Cranston (“Modern Family“) and Beth McCarthy-Miller (“30 Rock“).

While much was made about Bigelow’s triumph three years ago, Dunham’s victory isn’t being discussed much at all. Perhaps TV directors don’t seem as important as their film counterparts? Or maybe everyone just naturally assumed that by 2013, a female TV Comedy director would have prevailed by now?

Either way, Gold Derby wants to give a big congratulations to Dunham on her well-deserved achievement. Next stop Emmy?

2 thoughts on “Lena Dunham (‘Girls’) makes DGA history as first female to win Best TV Comedy Director

  1. Thank you for writing about this! I’ve been wondering too why I haven’t been seeing more being said about it, because it is pretty historic, and couldn’t have gone to a more deserving candidate. My gosh, what that girl has accomplished at her young age is incredible. What a bright talent she has.

  2. Other female DGA winners include Betty Thomas (the TV movie “The Late Show”) and Beth McCarthy-Miller, who won 2 consecutive prizes in the music/variety category for SNL (2001) and America: A Tribute to Heroes (2002)

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