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DGA Announces Film Directorial Nominations

LOS ANGELES, California -- Directors Guild of America President Third Vice President Taylor Hackford announced the five nominees for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2008. The winner will be named at the 61st Annual DGA Awards Dinner on Saturday, January 31, at the Hyatt Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.

"A film is a collaboration, but it is the director's energy and vision that brings the elements of script, performance and production into a satisfying totality. Today's nominees demonstrate how vision, combined with skill and talent, creates magic on the screen," said Hackford.

Hackford added, "What makes this award truly meaningful to directors is the knowledge that only this award is decided solely by their peers

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2009 DGA Award Winners

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film
Danny Boyle
"Slumdog Millionaire" (Fox Searchlight Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures)
Unit Production Manager: Sanjay Kumar
First Assistant Director: Raj Acharya
Second Assistant Director: Avani Batra
Second Second Assistant Director: Sonia Nemawarkar


Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television/Mini-Series
Jay Roach
"Recount" (HBO)
Unit Production Manager: Scott Ferguson
First Assistant Director: Michael Hausman
First Assistant Director/Second Assistant Director: Peter Thorell
Second Assistant Director: Tudor Jones
Second Second Assistant Director: Rob Dickerson Jr.


Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series -- Night
Dan Attias
"The Wire" (HBO)
Episode: "Transitions"
Unit Production Manager: Nina Noble
First Assistant Director: Eric Henriquez
Second Assistant Director: Xanthus Valan
Second Second Assistant Director: Tim Blockburger


Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series
Paul Feig
"The Office" (NBC)
Episode: "Dinner Party"
Unit Production Manager: Robert Rothbard
First Assistant Director: Kelly Cantley
Second Assistant Director: Jennie O'Keefe
Second Second Assistant Director: Jasmine Alhambra
DGA Trainee: Alicia Cho


Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Musical Variety
Brent 'Bucky' Gunts
"Opening Ceremony Beijing 2008 Olympic Summer Games" (NBC)
Associate Directors: Carol Larson, Brian Orentreich
Stage Manager: Steve Hollander


Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Reality Programs
Tony Croll
"America's Next Top Model" (CW)
Episode "1002"
Associate Director: John Downer


Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Daytime Serials
Larry Carpenter
"One Life to Live" (ABC)
Episode #10,281 ~ "So You Think You Can Be Shane Morasco's Father?"
Associate Directors: Teresa Anne Cicala, Paul Glass, Tracy Casper Lang
Stage Managers: Alan Needleman, Keith Greer, Brendan Higgins
Production Associates: Kevin Brush, Beth Kravitz


Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children's Programs
Amy Schatz
Classical Baby (I'm Grown Up Now)
"The Poetry Show" (HBO)


Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Commercials
Peter Thwaites
Production Company: Gorgeous Enterprises
Waterslide, Barclaycard - BBH
Light Show, Guinness - Irish International BBDO


Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary
Ari Folman
"Waltz with Bashir"
(Les Films D'ici, Razor Films, Sony Pictures Classics)


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2009 DGA Service and Career Achievement Award Recipients

Film Critic/Author Roger Ebert
DGA Honorary Life Member Award for recognition of outstanding creative achievement, or contribution to the guild, or the profession of directing.

DGA Second Vice-President/Director William M. Brady
Robert B. Aldrich Award for extraordinary service to the DGA and to its membership.

DGA Board Member/Unit Production Manager Kim Kurumada
Frank Capra Achievement Award, given to an Assistant Director or Unit Production Manager in recognition of career achievement in the industry and service to the Directors Guild of America.

DGA Assistant Secretary-Treasurer/Associate Director Scott Berger
Franklin J. Schaffner Achievement Award for an Associate Director or Stage Manager in recognition of career achievement in the industry and service to the Directors Guild of America
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