‘Nomadland’ Takes Home Top Prize at 2021 Directors Guild of America Awards


The Directors Guild of America has revealed its full list of winners! Nomadland and director Chloé Zhao took the top prize, often considered a good indicator of a film’s frontrunner status for the Academy Awards. It’s also only the second time a woman has won the award after Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker, and the nominations made history by nominating two women for the first time (Zhao and Emerald Fennell for Promising Young Women). Check out the full list of winners below (and you can find the nominees here).

Outstanding Directorial Achievement In Theatrical Feature Film  

Chloé Zhao, Nomadland
(Searchlight Pictures)
Unit Production Manager: Mary Kerrigan
First Assistant Director: Mary Kerrigan

Outstanding Directorial Achievement Of A First-Time Feature Film Director

Darius Marder, Sound of Metal
(Amazon Studios)
Unit Production Manager: Amy Greene
First Assistant Director: Matthew Vose Campbell

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary

Michael Dweck and Gregory Kershaw, The Truffle Hunters
(Sony Pictures Classics)

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Limited Series

Scott Frank, The Queen’s Gambit
First Assistant Director: Aldric La’auli Porter

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series

Lesli Linka Glatter
Homeland, “Prisoners of War”
Unit Production Managers: Michael Klick, Philippa Naughten
First Assistant Director: Sunday Stevens
Second Assistant Director: Wendy Bledsoe

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series

Susanna Fogel
The Flight Attendant, “In Case of Emergency”
(HBO Max)
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

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

Don Roy King
Saturday Night Live, “Dave Chappelle; Foo Fighters”
Associate Directors: Michael Mancini, Michael Poole, Laura Ouziel-Mack
Stage Managers: Gena Rositano, Chris Kelly, Eddie Valk

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

Thomas Schlamme
A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote
(HBO Max)
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

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Reality Programs

Joseph Guidry
Full Bloom, “Petal to the Metal”
(HBO Max)
Associate Director: Sean Galvin
Lead Stage Manager: Jimmy Chriss
Stage Managers: Rachel Shimko, Kristianna Laroda, Richard Melendez

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children’s Programs

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

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Commercials

Melina Matsoukas
You Love Me, Beats by Dr. Dre – Translation
First Assistant Director: Paul Norman
Second Assistant Director: Don Johnson


Robert B. Aldrich Award
Betty Thomas


Frank Capra Achievement Award

Brian Frankish

Franklin Schaffner Award
Joyce Thomas

Lifetime Membership Award
Paris Barclay

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