The march of Awards shows continued last night, as the Director's Guild of America passed out their hardware recognizing what they believe to be the greatest achievements in direction over the past season (the Annie Awards for animated productions were also awarded last night; check out the television winners here!). Unlike the Academy Awards, the DGA Awards actually recognize achievement in television, which means that I like them better--also, we can report about the big winners on TV Rage!
Before we get to all of the television goodness, it is worth noting that the biggest award of the night, the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film, went to Ben Affleck for his work on 'Argo.' This marks only the sixth time since 1948 that the winner of the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film will not also coincide with the winner of Best Director at the Academy Awards, as Affleck was not even nominated for the Oscar in that category. The fact that he won at DGA and was not nominated at the Academy Awards is a very strange happenstance indeed. To his credit, Affleck remained humble and took the discrepancy in stride when questioned after the show.
The 2013 DGA Awards were hosted by Kelsey Grammer ('Boss,' 'Frasier') who has several directorial credits to his name. Grammer kept the crowd at ease with his comedic timing and a handful of zingers aimed at the entertainment industry itself. "This evening is not just an awards show," Grammer began, "it’s a celebration of the art and craft of directing — hence, the open bar." Perhaps his best zinger of the night came when he said the following: "Congrats to Ang Lee. In 'Life of Pi' Lee had the challenge of directing a real live tiger. A wild animal who eats humans and licks himself. This prepared him for any future work with Mel Gibson.' Burn!
Onward to the television award winners!
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Dramatic Series went to Rian Johnson for directing the 'Breaking Bad' episode "Fifty-One." It was Johnson's first DGA nomination and he already brought home the trophy.
Mr. Johnson’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Stewart A. Lyons
Assistant Unit Production Manager: James Paul Hapsas
First Assistant Director: Ben Scissors
Second Assistant Director: Louis Lanni
Second Second Assistant Director: Anna Ramey
Additional Second Assistant Director: Joann Connolly
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Comedy Series was won by Lena Dunham for the 'Girls' pilot episode on HBO. Dunham has been racking up the awards all season long, adding the DGA award to her Golden Globe.
Ms. Dunham’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Managers: Regina Heyman, Ilene S. Landress
First Assistant Director: Mark McGann
Second Assistant Director: Jason Ivey
Second Second Assistant Director: Marcos Gonzalez Palma
The award for Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming was taken home by Brian Smith for episode #305 of 'Master Chef.' Smith had previously been nominated during the first season of 'Master Chef'... and again in the second season of 'Master Chef'... but this marks his first DGA win.
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Daytime Serials went to Jill Mitwell for "Between Heaven and Hell," an episode of the soap 'One Life to Live.' It marks Mitwell's fourth win in the category in a thirteen year span, all for 'One Life to Live' episodes.
What do you think of the DGA winners?