DGA Awards: Sam Mendes Wins Best Director for ‘1917’; HBO Scores Four Wins to Top TV Side

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Photo by Variety/Shutterstock; Sam Mendes - Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Feature Film - 1917 - presented by Alfonso Cuaron at the 72nd Annual Directors Guild of America Awards, Press Room, The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles

Reprinted from Deadline Hollywood by Patrick Hipes on January 25, 2020.

Sam Mendes’ World War I epic 1917 scored its second major guild victory of the awards season Saturday at the 72nd annual DGA Awards, cementing his spot as an Oscar Best Picture frontrunner in Director and Best Picture by winning the marquee feature film award.

The victory in a category that included four of this year’s five Oscar Directing nominees — Bong Joon-Ho for Neon’s Parasite, Quentin Tarantino for Sony’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and Martin Scorsese for Netflix’s The Irishman — came after the Universal film produced and financed by Amblin Partners and New Republic scored the top prize at the PGA Awards a week ago. …

On the TV side, it was HBO that dominated with four of the 11 total categories on offer. Bill Hader repeated his Comedy Series win from a year ago for HBO’s Barry; Johan Renck repeated his Emmy directing win with Chernobyl in the TV Movie/Limited Series category; Nicole Kassell won for her episode of Watchmen to take Dramatic Series; and Amy Schatz won her sixth DGA Award for HBO Documentary Films’ Song of Parkland in the Children’s Program race. …

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Jeff Burman served on the Guild’s Board of Directors from 1992 to 2019. He is now retired. He can be reached at jeffrey.s.burman.57@gmail.com.

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