Series creators are represented on both the drama and comedy side of the ledger in this year’s roster of Directors Guild of America TV awards nominees. The Duffer Brothers (“Stranger Things”) are up against three “Game of Thrones” helmers (Jeremy Podeswa, Matt Shakman and Alan Taylor) and “The Handmaid’s Tale” director Reed Morano.
Amy Sherman-Palladino is contending for an episode of her rookie series “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” while Aziz Ansair is nominated for directing himself in one of the second season episodes of his series “Master of None” (Melina Matsoukas also scored a bid for helming an installment). “Silicon Valley” wizard Mike Judge is back in the hunt. And Beth McCarthy-Miller rounds out this race for an episode of “Veep.”
On the telefilm/limited series side, Barry Levinson made it an even dozen DGA nominations with his bid for “The Wizard of Lies.” Scoring his second with “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” was George C. Wolfe. The other three nominees are first-time DGA contenders: Scott Frank (“Godless”), Oscar nominee Jean-Marc Vallee (“Big Little Lies”) and Emmy-winning actress Kyra Sedgwick (“Story of a Girl”).
Winners will be revealed, along with those on the film front, at the 70th annual DGA Awards on Feb. 3 set for the Beverly Hilton with director Judd Apatow stepping out from behind the camera to host.