Get that Oscar ready for Chloé Zhao, at least in the directing category. Not only did she unprecedentedly sweep the critics’ awards this year, but she’s also now won the Directors Guild’s highest honor for her work on “Nomadland.” Awarded for his first feature, Darius Marder won the First-Time Narrative Feature award for his directing work on “Sound Of Metal.” And, “The Truffle Hunters, “a documentary not even nominated for an Academy Award, won the achievement for directing in a Documentary Feature.


Outstanding Directorial Achievement in
NARRATIVE Feature Film

Chloé Zhao

Searchlight Pictures


Lee Isaac Chung

Emerald Fennell
“Promising Young Woman”
(Focus Features)

David Fincher

Aaron Sorkin
“The Trial of the Chicago 7”

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in
First-Time NARRATIVE Feature Film

Darius Marder
“Sound Of Metal”

Amazon Studios


Radha Blank
“The Forty-Year-Old Version”

Fernando Frías de la Parra
“I’m No Longer Here”

Regina King
“One Night In Miami”
(Amazon Studios)

Florian Zeller
“The Father”
(Sony Pictures Classics)

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in

Michael Dweck & Gregory Kershaw
“The Truffle Hunters”

Sony Pictures Classics


Pippa Ehrlich & James Reed
“My Octopus Teacher”

David France
“Welcome to Chechnya”

Amanda McBaine & Jesse Moss
“Boys State”

Benjamin Ree
“The Painter and the Thief”


Outstanding Directorial Achievement in
Dramatic Series

Lesli Linka Glatter
Episode: “Prisoners of War”

Unit Production Managers: Michael Klick, Philippa Naughten
First Assistant Director: Sunday Stevens
Second Assistant Director: Wendy Bledsoe


Jason Bateman
Episode: “Wartime”
Unit Production Manager: Matthew Spiegel
First Assistant Director: Peter Thorell
Second Assistant Director: Townson Wells
Second Second Assistant Director: Sarah Gorczyk

Jon Favreau
“The Mandalorian”
Episode: “Chapter 9: The Marshal”
Unit Production Manager: Colin Wilson
First Assistant Director: Kim Richards
Second Assistant Director: Heather Wagner‑Wang
Second Second Assistant Director: Heather Kehayas
Additional Second Assistant Director: David Buchwald
(Disney Plus)

Vince Gilligan
“Better Call Saul
Episode: “Bagman”
Unit Production Manager: James Paul Hapsas
First Assistant Director: Efrain Cortes
Second Assistant Director: Louis Lanni
Second Second Assistant Director: KiKi Levine

Julie Anne Robinson
Episode: “Diamond of the First Water”
First Assistant Director: Ian Foster Woolf

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in
Comedy Series

Susanna Fogel
“The Flight Attendant”
Episode: “In Case of Emergency”

Unit Production Manager: Bonnie Muñoz
First Assistant Director: Derek Peterson
Second Assistant Director: Jacquie Dore
Second Second Assistant Director: Zach Citarella
Location Manager: Chris Banks


Zach Braff
“Ted Lasso”
Episode: “Biscuits”
(Apple TV Plus)

MJ Delaney
“Ted Lasso”
Episode: “The Hope that Kills You”
(Apple TV Plus)

Erin O’Malley
“Curb Your Enthusiasm
Episode: “The Surprise Party”
Unit Production Manager: Mary Church
First Assistant Director: Adam Feil
Second Assistant Director: Candice Lee
Second Second Assistant Director: D.J. Carter


Jeff Schaffer
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Episode: “The Spite Store”
Unit Production Manager: Mary Church
First Assistant Director: Adam Feil
Second Assistant Director: Candice Lee
Second Second Assistant Directors: D.J. Carter, Brent Stanton

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in
Movies for Television and Limited Series

Scott Frank
“The Queen’s Gambit”

First Assistant Director: Aldric La’auli Porter


Susanne Bier
“The Undoing”
Unit Production Manager: Deb Dyer
First Assistant Director: Richard Styles
Second Assistant Director: Josh Muzaffer
Location Manager: Lauri Pitkus
Second Second Assistant Directors: Steven Lafferty, Alex Scricco
Additional Second Assistant Directors: Alex Scricco, Zachary Citarella

Thomas Kail
Unit Production Manager: David Backus
First Assistant Director: Robin Abrams
Second Assistant Director: Thomas Gaito
(Disney Plus)

Matt Shakman
Unit Production Manager: Mary Kane
First Assistant Director: Janell Sammelman
Second Assistant Directors: Meaghan F. McLaughlin, Stephanie Tull Coscina
Second Second Assistant Directors: Katye Kalivoda, Nadeem Ashayer (Los Angeles Unit)
Additional Second Assistant Directors: Kate Pulley, George Williams (Los Angeles Unit)
(Disney Plus)

Lynn Shelton
“Little Fires Everywhere”
Unit Production Manager: Brad Yacobian
First Assistant Director: Luke Maxcy
Second Assistant Director: Kirisa Gavrin
Second Second Assistant Directors: Christina Lee, Gabriella Poli Vidal

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in
Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Regularly Scheduled Programming

Don Roy King
“Saturday Night Live”
Episode: “Dave Chappelle; Foo Fighters”

Associate Directors: Michael Mancini, Michael Poole, Laura Ouziel‑Mack
Stage Managers: Gena Rositano, Chris Kelly, Eddie Valk


Paul H. Casey
“Real Time With Bill Maher”
Episode: “Episode 1835”
Associate Director: Stacy Talbot
Stage Managers: Brian Anderson, Patrick Whitney

Jim Hoskinson
“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”
Episode: “1025 Live Show Following Capitol Insurrection”

Associate Directors: Yvonne De Mare, Karen Yaeger
Stage Managers: Mark McKenna, Jeff Leib

David Paul Meyer
“The Daily Show with Trevor Noah”
Episode: “President Obama: Inspiring Future Leaders & “A Promised Land””

Associate Director: Susan Faith Locke‑Shapiro
(Comedy Central)

Christopher Werner
“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”
Episode: “Trump & Election Results”

Associate Director: John Scott Wilson
Stage Manager: Dino Castelli
Location Manager: Demian Resnick

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in
Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Specials

Thomas Schlamme
“A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote”

Unit Production Manager: Debra James
First Assistant Director: Shawn Pipkin‑West
Second Assistant Director: Courtney Franklin
Second Second Assistant Directors: Ni’cole Pettis, Cathy Bond


Stacey Angeles
“The Daily Show with Trevor Noah Presents: Remembering RBG – A Nation Ugly Cries with Desi Lydic
(Comedy Central)

Marielle Heller
“What the Constitution Means to Me
Associate Director: Tomas ‘Dutch’ Deckaj
Stage Manager: Nicole Payson

Jim Hoskinson
“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”
Episode: “Stephen Colbert’s Election Night 2020: Democracy’s Last Stand: Building Back America Great Again Better 2020”

Associate Directors: Yvonne De Mare, Karen Yaeger
Stage Managers: Mark McKenna, Jeff Leib

Spike Lee
“David Byrne’s American Utopia
Unit Production Manager: Nina Shiffman
First Assistant Director: Jermaine Sumra
Second Assistant Director: Lizz Zanin
Additional Second Assistant Director: Steven Bruno
Location Manager: John Maher

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in
Reality Programs

Joseph Guidry
“Full Bloom”
Episode: “Petal to the Metal”

Associate Director: Sean Galvin
Lead Stage Manager: Jimmy Chriss
Stage Managers: Rachel Shimko, Kristianna Laroda, Richard Melendez


David Charles
“World’s Toughest Race: Eco-Challenge Fiji”
Episode: “3,2,1…Go!”

Associate Director: Daniel Curran
Stage Managers: Ian Blankenship, Kevin Fletcher, Andy Nelson, Mickel Picco

Jon Favreau
“The Chef Show”
Episode: “Tartine”

Associate Director: Annie Johnson

Ken Fuchs
“Shark Tank”
Episode: “1211”
Associate Director: Amy Barker
Head Stage Manager: Eric Rhoden
Stage Managers: Doug Neal, Michael Strauss

Rich Kim
“Lego Masters
Episode: “Mega City Block”
Associate Director: Ryan Bunnell
Stage Managers: Will Baker, Kevin Fletcher

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in
Children’s Programs

Amy Schatz
“We Are the Dream: The Kids of the Oakland MLK Oratorical Fest



Kabir Akhtar
“High School Musical: The Musical ‑ The Series”
Episode: “Opening Night”
Unit Production Managers: Jeff T. Miller, Greg A. Hampson
First Assistant Director: Brent Geisler
Second Assistant Director: Cody Harbaugh
(Disney Plus)

Larissa Bills
“On Pointe”
Episode: “Showtime!”
(Disney Plus)

Dean Israelite
“The Astronauts”
Episode: “Countdown”

Richie Keen
“The Healing Powers of Dude”
Episode: “Second Step: Homeroom”
Unit Production Manager: Chris Phillips
First Assistant Director: Natalie Van Doren

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in

Melina Matsoukas
“You Love Me, Beats by Dr. Dre”

First Assistant Director: Paul Norman
Second Assistant Director: Don Johnson


Steve Ayson
“The Great Chase”
Nike ‑ Wieden + Kennedy Shanghai

First Assistant Director: John Lowe

Nisha Ganatra
“wombstories, Bodyform/Libresse – AMVBBDO
(Chelsea Pictures)

Niclas Larsson
See the Unseen,” VW Touareg ‑ adam&eveDDB
“The Parents,” Volvo XC60 ‑ Forsman & Bodenfors

Taika Waititi
The Letter, Coca‑Cola”
Wieden & Kennedy London
(Hungry Man)

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