Among those contending for the DGA TV Awards are three neophyte helmers — Jennifer Aniston, Demi Moore and Alicia Keys — who worked on “Five.” They, along with Penelope Spheeris and Patty Jenkins vie for this Lifetime anthology film which told the stories of five women coping with breast cancer. This quintet is up against previous champ Jeff Bleckner for “Beyond the Blackboard,” Jon Cassar who won for helming “24” and now vies for “The Kennedys,” Stephen Gyllenhaal (“Girl Fight”) and Michael Stevens (“Thurgood”).
Another actor, Fred Savage, picked up a nod for directing an episode of “Modern Family” entitled “After the Fire.” That laffer, which has won this award for the last two years, also contends for the episode “Express Christmas” helmed by Michael Spiller. Directors of two episodes of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” are in the running: David Steinberg (“The Divorce”) and Robert Weide (“Palestinian Chicken”). The fifth nominee is “30 Rock” director Don Scardino for “Double-Edged Sword.”
Jenkins also contends for directing the pilot episode of “The Killing.” Her competitors in that race are: Michael Cuesta (Pilot, “Homeland”); Vince Gilligan (Face Off, “Breaking Bad”), two-time comedy champ Tim Van Patten (Pilot, “Game of Thrones”) and Michael Waxman (Always, “Friday Night Lights”).
Oscars co-producer Don Mischer reaped his 16th bid for helming last year’s kudocast. The 10-time champ contends against Louis J. Horvitz who picked up his sweet 16th nod for the 2010 Kennedy Center Honors (he won his only DGA award for the 1997 edition) as well as a pair of eight-time nominees — Chuck O’Neil (“The Daily Show”) and Glenn Weiss who won two of his seven bids for directing the Tony Awards — and five-time contender Don Roy King (“Saturday Night Live”).
For the full list of nominees, visit the DGA website.