“The Americans” has become an awards darling, and all it had to do was go off the air. After years as an awards bridesmaid the FX spy drama has cleaned up at the Emmys, Golden Globes, Critics’ Choice Awards and Producers Guild Awards. Next up is the Directors Guild Awards, where we think the show will prevail on its very first nomination, for Chris Long‘s work on the series finale “START.”
Absence clearly makes the heart grow fonder. The end of “The Americans” earned the critically lauded show its first Emmy wins for Best Drama Actor (Matthew Rhys) and Best Drama Writing (Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields for “START”). Then it earned its very first nomination for Best Drama Series at the Golden Globes — and won. And it earned its very first nomination for Best Drama Series at the PGA Awards — it won that too.
Now the industry’s directors have given the show its due, and Gold Derby’s users think the belated love fest will continue. “The Americans” gets leading odds of 31/10. All of the Expert journalists we’ve polled agree with that consensus. So do most of our Editors who cover awards year-round for Gold Derby, 20 of the Top 24 Users who scored highest predicting last year’s DGA winners, and 22 of our All-Star Top 24 who got the highest scores when you combine the last two years’ DGA results.
But “The Americans” is up against the show that won this award last year: “The Handmaid’s Tale.” It prevailed in 2018 for Reed Morano‘s direction of the pilot episode, “Offred.” This year Daina Reid is nominated for the season two episode “Holly.” Reid currently ranks second in our predictions with 39/10 odds.
And we mustn’t discount a trio of big names in this race. Jason Bateman is nominated for directing the “Ozark” episode “Reparations.” He just won a SAG Award for acting on the show, and last summer he earned Emmy nominations for acting and directing.
Adam McKay is in the running for “Celebration,” the series premiere episode of the new HBO drama “Succession.” Formerly known for directing broad comedies like “Talladega Nights” and “Step Brothers,” he has recently become an industry darling. He has also received DGA and Oscar nominations this year for helming “Vice” on the big screen, so that love could spill over here too.
Then there’s veteran TV director Lesli Linka Glatter, who’s in the running for the “Homeland” episode “Paean to the People.” This is her seventh DGA bid, which is more than the rest of the nominees in this category put together. She previously won this prize for the “Mad Men” episode “Guy Walks Into an Advertising Agency” (2010) and the “Homeland” episode “From A to B and Back Again” (2015).
So “The Americans” has stiff competition from its rivals this year. But if the DGA is like other industry groups this season they’ll also feel the urge to bid the series, dasvidanya.
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