Sam Mendes is solidifying his Academy Award win with the Director Guild awarding him with the top honors in directing this year. Add to that multiple Golden Globe wins and the Producers Guild’s top honors, and the film is sweeping the big deciders heading into the Oscars. Nipping at its heels is “Parasite” still, but with a win from the DGA, it all but hands the Best Director Oscar to Mendes.

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Theatrical Feature Film

Sam Mendes


Bong Joon-Ho

Martin Scorsese
“The Irishman”

Quentin Tarantino
“Once Upon A Time In Hollywood”

Taika Waititi
“Jojo Rabbit”

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in First-Time Feature Film

Alma Har’el
“Honey Boy”


Mati Diopi

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”


DRAMA Series

Nicole Kassell
Episode: “It’s Summer and We’re Running Out of Ice”

  • Mark Mylod — “Succession” – Episode: “This Is Not for Tears”
  • David Nutter — “Game of Thrones” – Episode: “The Last of the Starks”
  • Miguel Sapochnik — “Game of Thrones” – Episode: “The Long Night”
  • Stephen Williams — “Watchmen” – Episode: “This Extraordinary Being”


Bill Hader
Episode: “ronny/lily”

  • Dan Attias — “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” – Episode: “It’s the Sixties, Man!”
  • David Mandel — “Veep” – Episode: “Veep”
  • Daniel Palladino — “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” – Episode: “Marvelous Radio”
  • Amy Sherman-Palladino — “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” – Episode: “It’s Comedy or Cabbage”

Movies For Television And Limited Series

Johan Renck

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

Variety/talk/news/sports – Regularly Scheduled Programming

Don Roy King
“Saturday Night Live”
Episode: “E. Murphy; Lizzo”

  • 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”
  • Paul Pennolino, Christopher Werner — “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” – Episode: “Slapp Suits”

Variety/talk/news/sports – SPECIALS

James Burrows and Andy Fisher
“Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s All in the Family and The Jeffersons”

  • Spike Jonze — “Aziz Ansari: Right Now”
  • Stan Lathan — “Dave Chappelle: Sticks & Stones”
  • Linda Mendoza — “Wanda Sykes: Not Normal”
  • Glenn Weiss — “The 91st Annual Academy Awards”

Reality Programs

Jason Cohen
Episode: “Annie”

  • Hisham Abed — “Queer Eye” – Episode: “Black Girl Magic”
  • 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

Amy Schatz
“Song Of Parkland”

  • 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”
  • Barry Sonnenfeld — “A Series Of Unfortunate Events” – Episode: “Penultimate Peril: Part 1”


Spike Jonze
Squarespace — “Dream It”
Medmen — “The New Normal”


Fredrik Bond
HP Elite Dragonfly — “Lighter Than Air”
Coca-Cola Light — “Take It Lightly”
iPhone — “Nap”

Mark Molloy
Apple — “Underdogs”

Ridley Scott
Hennessy X.O. — “The Seven Worlds”

Dougal Wilson
AT&T — “Train”

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