2018 DGA Awards: Full list of nominations for the 70th Directors Guild of America Awards

Winners of the 70th annual Directors Guild of America Awards will be revealed on Feb. 3 in a ceremony hosted by Judd Apatow at the Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, California. Prizes will be doled out in three film and eight television categories as listed below.

Unlike other show biz awards ceremonies, the DGA fetes each of the five nominees for Best Feature Film Director, bringing them onstage for a presentation and acceptance speech. This year’s contenders for this important precursor to the Oscar are Guillermo del Toro (“The Shape of Water”), Greta Gerwig (“Lady Bird”), Martin McDonagh (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”), Christopher Nolan (“Dunkirk”) and Jordan Peele (“Get Out”). All but McDonagh vie at the Academy Awards as well; he was snubbed in favor of Paul Thomas Anderson (“Phantom Thread”).

Peele also vies in the competitive First-Time Feature category, along with Geremy Jasper (“Patti Cake$”), WIlliam Oldroyd (“Lady Macbeth”), Taylor Sheridan (“Wind River”) and Aaron Sorkin (“Molly’s Game”).

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Over on the TV front, series creators are represented on both the drama and comedy side of the ledger in this year’s roster of DGA 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”).

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Feature Film
Guillermo del Toro – The Shape of Water
Greta Gerwig – Lady Bird
Martin McDonagh – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Christopher Nolan – Dunkirk
Jordan Peele – Get Out

Ken Burns and Lynn Novick – The Vietnam War
Bryan Fogel – Icarus
Matthew Heineman – City of Ghosts
Steve James – Abacus: Small Enough to Jail
Errol Morris – Wormwood

First-Time Feature Film
Geremy Jasper – Patti Cake$
William Oldroyd – Lady Macbeth
Jordan Peele – Get Out
Taylor Sheridan – Wind River
Aaron Sorkin – Molly’s Game

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Drama Series
The Duffer Brothers – Stranger Things for “Chapter Nine: The Gate”
Reed Morano – The Handmaid’s Tale for “Offred”
Jeremy Podeswa – Game of Thrones for “The Dragon and the Wolf”
Matt Shakman – Game of Thrones for “The Spoils of War”
Alan Taylor – Game of Thrones for “Beyond the Wall”

Comedy Series
Aziz Ansari – Master of None for “The Thief”
Mike Judge – Silicon Valley for “Server Error”
Melina Matsoukas – Master of None for “Thanksgiving”
Beth McCarthy-Miller – Veep for “Chicklet”
Amy Sherman-Palladino – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel for “Pilot”

Miniseries or TV Film
Scott Frank – Godless
Barry Levinson – The Wizard of Lies
Kyra Sedgwick – Story of a Girl
Jean-Marc Vallée – Big Little Lies
George C. Wolfe – The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Regularly Scheduled
Andre Allen – Full Frontal with Samantha Bee for “Episode #2061”
Paul G. Casey – Real Time with Bill Maher for “Show #1527”
Jim Hoskinson – The Late Show with Stephen Colbert for “Joe Biden/Elton John”
Don Roy King – Saturday Night Live for “Host: Jimmy Fallon”
Paul Pennolino – Last Week Tonight with John Oliver for “French Elections”

Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Specials
Stan Lathan – Dave Chappelle: The Age of Spin
Linda Mendoza – Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize Honoring David Letterman
Paul Pennolino – Full Frontal with Samantha Bee Presents Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner
Amy Schumer – Amy Schumer: The Leather Special
Glenn Weiss – 89th Academy Awards

Reality Programs
Hisham Abed – Encore! for “Pilot”
John Gonzalez – Live PD for “Episode 50”
Brian Smith – MasterChef for “Vegas Deluxe & Oyster Schucks”
Adam Vetri – Dare to Live for “Chainsmokers”
Kent Weed – Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge for “Season Premiere”

Children’s Programs
Niki Caro – Anne with an E for “Your Will Shall Decide Your Destiny”
Benjamin Lehmann – The Magical Wand Chase: A Sesame Street Special
Lily Mariye – Just Add Magic for “Just Add Meddling”
Alison McDonald – An American Girl Story: Summer Camp for “Friends for Life”
Matthew O’Neill and Thalia Sodi – 15: A Quinceañera Story: Zoey

Martin de Thurah – StubHub’s “Festival” and “Machines”, and Wealthsimple’s “Mad World”
Alma Har’el – P&G’s “Love without Bias”
Will Hoffman and Julius Metoyer – KitchenAid’s “Anthem” and Ford’s “Go Further”
Miles Jay – Bose’s “Alive”, and Squarespace’s “Calling JohnMalkovich.com” and “Who is JohnMalkovich.com?”
Isaiah Seret – Samsung’s “Growing Up” and “I Love You”, and Kohler’s “Never Too Composed”

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