The Directors Guild of America on Wednesday announced nominees in its 2017 television categories for the 70th annual DGA awards.
HBO’s Game of Thrones, which aired a shortened seventh season over the summer, scored three of five of the nominations for best direction of a television drama. Jeremy Podeswa, Matt Shakman and Alan Taylor, and their teams, were nominated for the episodes “The Dragon and the Wolf,” “The Spoils of War” and “Beyond the Wall,” respectively.
This is Podeswa’s second DGA nomination, having also been nominated for an episode of HBO’s The Pacific. It’s Shakman’s first DGA nomination, while Taylor previously won for directing the pilot of AMC’s Mad Men, “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes,” and was nominated for the series’ 2008 episode, “The Mountain King.”
Reed Morano was nominated for the pilot episode of Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale, “Offred,” and she was assisted by unit production manager Joe Boccia. The Handmaid’s Tale was named best drama series at both this year’s Emmys and Golden Globes.
Matt and Ross Duffer and their team were nominated for the season two finale of Netflix’s Stranger Things, “Chapter Nine: The Gate.” The Duffer Brothers also created Stranger Things and executive produce it. They were previously nominated for the show’s first-season pilot episode, “Chapter One: The Vanishing of Will Byers.”
The comedy side was a bit more diverse, although Netflix’s Master of None captured two nominations for directors Aziz Ansari and Melina Matsoukas for the season-two episodes “The Thief” and “Thanksgiving,” respectively. Ansari and Lena Waithe won the Emmy for comedy series writing for “Thanksgiving.” This marks both Ansari’s and Matsoukas’ first DGA nominations.
Mike Judge scored his fourth DGA nomination for the season four episode of HBO’s Silicon Valley, “Server Error;” Judge’s previous three nominations all have been for Silicon Valley, which he co-created with John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky. 12-time DGA nominee and three-time winner Beth McCarthy-Miller was nominated for an episode of HBO’s Veep titled “Chicklet.” The TV Academy has named Veep best comedy for the past three years running.
Amy Sherman-Palladino, who just won the Golden Globe for best comedy series, received her first nomination for directing Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, which she also created.
The nominees for made-for-TV movies and limited series are Scott Frank for Netflix’s Godless; Barry Levinson for HBO’s The Wizard of Lies; Kyra Sedgwick for Lifetime’s Story of a Girl; Jean-Marc Vallee for HBO’s Big Little Lies and George C. Wolfe for HBO’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.
Nominees for direction of regular variety, news, sports and talk regular programming are Andre Allen for TBS’ Full Frontal with Samantha Bee; Paul G. Casey for HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher; Jim Hoskinson for CBS’ The Late Show with Stephen Colbert; Don Roy King — a frequent Emmy and DGA winner — for NBC’s Saturday Night Live; and Paul Pennolino for HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.
On the specials side of that equation, nominees are Stan Nathan for Netflix’s Dave Chappelle: The Age of Spin; Linda Mendoza for PBS’ Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize Honoring David Letterman; Pennolino again for TBS’ Full Frontal with Samantha Bee Presents not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner; Amy Schumer for Netflix’s Amy Schumer: The Leather Special; and Glenn Weiss for the 89th Annual Academy Awards on ABC.
Moving on to reality series, nominees are Hisham Abed for ABC’s Encore!; John Gonzalez for A&E’s Live PD; Brian Smith for Fox’s MasterChef; Adam Vetri for MTV’s Dare to Live, “The Chainsmokers;” and Kent Weed for NBC’s Spartan: The Ultimate Team Challenge, “Season Premiere.”
Finally, nominees for direction of children’s programming are Niki Caro for Netflix’s Anne with an E; Benjamin Lehmann for HBO’s The Magical Wand Chase: A Sesame Street Special; Lily Mariye for Amazon’s Just Add Magic; Alison McDonald for Amazon’s An American Girl Story: Summer Camp Friends for Life; and Matthew O’Neill and Thalia Sodi for HBO’s 15: A Quinceañera Story: Zoey.
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