On the same day that Oscar ballots are due to be turned in, the Directors Guild have announced their five nominees for Best Theatrical Director, including the surprise inclusion of Taika Waititi for his work on “Jojo Rabbit.” The other four, Bong Joon-Ho, Sam Mendes, Martin Scorsese, and Quentin Tarantino seem like locks for the Oscars nomination. The fifth place is still up in the air, as it could still go to Todd Phillips for “Joker,” Greta Gerwig for “Little Women,” or a number of other directors. The big news was the First-Time Director category, which boasted the nomination of three female directors.

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Theatrical Feature Film

Bong Joon-Ho

Sam Mendes

Martin Scorsese
“The Irishman”

Quentin Tarantino
“Once Upon A Time In Hollywood”

Taika Waititi
“Jojo Rabbit”

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in First-Time Feature Film

Mati Diopi

Alma Har’el
“Honey Boy”

Melina Matsoukas
“Queen & Slim”

Tyler Nilson & Michael Schwartz
“The Peanut Butter Falcon”

Joe Talbot
“The Last Black Man in San Francisco”


  • Steven Bognar And Julia Reichert — “American Factory”
  • Feras Fayyad — “The Cave”
  • Alex Holmes — “Maiden”
  • Ljubomir Stefanov & Tamara Kotevska — “Honeyland”
  • Nanfu Wang And Jialing Zhang — “One Child Nation”


Movies For Television And Limited Series

  • Ava Duvernay — “When They See Us”
  • Vince Gilligan — “El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie”
  • Thomas Kail — “Fosse/Verdon” – Episode: “Nowadays”
  • Johan Renck — “Chernobyl”
  • Minkie Spiro — “Fosse/Verdon” – Episode: “All I Care About Is Love”
  • Jessica Yu — “Fosse/Verdon” – Episode: “Glory”

Variety/talk/news/sports – Regularly Scheduled Programming

  • Paul G. Casey — “Real Time With Bill Maher” – Episode: “1730”
  • Nora S. Gerard — “Cbs Sunday Morning” – Episode: “40th Anniversary”
  • Jim Hoskinson — “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” – Episode: “A. Ocasio-cortez; Incubus”
  • Don Roy King — “Saturday Night Live” – Episode: “E. Murphy; Lizzo”
  • Paul Pennolino, Christopher Werner — “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” – Episode: “Slapp Suits”

Reality Programs

  • Hisham Abed — “Queer Eye” – Episode: “Black Girl Magic”
  • Jason Cohen — “Encore!” – Episode: “Annie”
  • Jon Favreau — “The Chef Show” – Episode: “Hog Island”
  • Ashley S. Gorman — “First Responders Live” – Episode: “103”
  • Patrick Mcmanus — “American Ninja Warrior” – Episode: “1116 Las Vegas National Finals Night 4”

Children’s Programs

  • Dean Israelite — “Are You Afraid Of The Dark?” – Episode: “Part One: Submitted For Your Approval”
  • Jack Jameson — “Sesame Street’s 50th Anniversary Special”
  • Luke Matheny — “Ghostwriter” – Episode: “Ghost In Wonderland, Part 1”
  • Amy Schatz — “Song Of Parkland”
  • Barry Sonnenfeld — “A Series Of Unfortunate Events” – Episode: “Penultimate Peril: Part 1”


Fredrik Bond
“Lighter Than Air,” Hp Elite Dragonfly – Media Monks
“Take It Lightly,” Coca-cola Light – Ingo
“Nap,” Iphone – Apple

Spike Jonze
“Dream It,” Squarespace – Squarespace
“The New Normal,” Medmen – Mekanism

Mark Molloy
“underdogs,” Apple – Apple

Ridley Scott
(Rsa Films)
“The Seven Worlds,” Hennessy X.o. – Ddb Paris

Dougal Wilson
“Train,” At&t – Bbdo Ny

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