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1917's Sam Mendes Wins Best Director at 2020 Directors Guild Awards, Cements Place As Oscar Favorite

It was a sad night for the Bong Hive, but all smiles for Mendes, Honey Boy helmer Alma Har'el, and HBO. Check out the full list of 2020 DGA winners.

by | January 26, 2020 | Comments

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It was good news for 1917 and bad news for the Bong Hive Saturday night, as the Directors Guild of America gave its top prize – best director of a Theatrical Feature Film – to the WWI movie’s helmer, Sam Mendes. Bong Joon-ho, whom many expected to take out the award for Parasite, missed out along with Martin Scorsese (The Irishman), Quentin Tarantino (Once Upon A Time In Hollywood), and Taika Waititi (Jojo Rabbit).

Mendes’s win all but assures his victory for directing on Oscar night: the winner of the top DGA prize has only missed out on the Oscar seven times since the awards began in 1949. Coupled with his Golden Globe win, Mendes is looking formidable.

Honey Boy‘s Alma Har’el took home the directing price for First Time Feature Film, and Steven Bognar and Julie Reicher won for their documentary, American Factory.

HBO dominated in the TV awards, winning for episodes of Watchmen and Barry, the limited series Chernobyl, and for the documentary Song of Parkland in the Children’s Programs category.

See the full list of Directors Guild Awards winners below, and let us know what you think of the winners in the comments. 


Theatrical Feature Film

Martin Scorsese

The Irishman
95%

Sam Mendes

1917
89%

Taika Waititi

Jojo Rabbit
80%

First Time Feature Film 

Mati Diop

Atlantics
96%

Alma Har’el

Honey Boy
94%

Melina Matsoukas

Queen & Slim
83%

Tyler Nilson & Michael Schwartz

The Peanut Butter Falcon
94%

Documentary Feature Films

Steven Bognar and Julie Reichert

American Factory
96%

Feras Fayyad

The Cave
97%

Alex Holmes

Maiden
98%

Ljubomir Stefanov and Tamara Kotevska

Honeyland
100%

Nanfu Wang and Jialing Zhang

One Child Nation
98%

Dramatic Series

Nicole Kassell, “It’s Summer and We’re Running Out of Ice”

Watchmen
96%

Mark Mylod, “This Is Not For Tears”

Succession
92%

David Nutter, “The Long Night”

Game of Thrones
89%

Miguel Sapochnik, “The Long Night”

Game of Thrones
89%

Stephen Williams, “This Extraordinary Being”

Watchmen
96%

Comedy Series

Dan Attias, “It’s the Sixties, Man!”

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
88%

Bill Hader, “ronny/lilly”

Barry
99%

David Mandel, “Veep”

Veep
93%

Daniel Palladino, “Marvelous Radio”

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
88%

Amy Sherman-Palladino, “It’s Comedy or Cabbage”

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
88%

Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Specials

James Burrows: “All in the Family” and “The Jeffersons.”Andy Fisher:“Live in Front of a Studio Audience.”

Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear's 'All in the Family' and 'The Jeffersons'
88%

Linda Mendoza

Wanda Sykes: Not Normal
100%

Movies for Television or Limited Series

Thomas Kail, “Nowadays”

Fosse/Verdon: Miniseries
81%

Minkie Spiro, “All I Care About Is Love”

Fosse/Verdon: Miniseries
81%

Jessica Yu, “Glory”

Fosse/Verdon: Miniseries
81%

Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Regularly Scheduled Programming

Paul G. Casey, “1730”

Real Time with Bill Maher

Nora S. Gerard, “40th Anniversary”

Sunday Morning

Jim Hoskinson, “A. Ocasio-Cortes; Incubus

The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

Don Roy King, “E. Murphy; Lizzo”

Saturday Night Live: Season 45

Paul Pennolino, Christopher Werner, “SLAPP Suits”

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver: Season 6

Reality Programs

Hisham Abed, “Black Girl Magic”

Queer Eye
93%

Jason Cohen, “Encore”

Encore!
70%

Jon Favreau, “The Chef Show”

The Chef Show

Ashley S. Gorman, “103”

First Responders Live

Patric McManus, “1116 Las Vegas National Finals Night 4”

American Ninja Warrior

Children’s Programs

  • Are You Afraid of the Dark? – “Part One: Submitted for Your Approval” – Dean Israelite
  • Sesame Street’s 50th Anniversary Special – Jack Jameson
  • Ghostwriter – “Ghost In Wonderland, Part 1” – Luke Matheny
  • Song of Parkland – Amy Schatz WINNER
  • A Series Of Unfortunate Events – “Penultimate Peril: Part 1” – Barry Sonnenfeld

Commercials 

  • Lighter Than Air, JP Elite Dragonfly – Fredrick Bond
  • Dream It, Squarespace – Spike Jonze WINNER
  • Underdogs, Apple – Mark Molloy
  • The Seven Worlds, Hennessy X.O. – Ridley Scott
  • Train, AT&T – Dougal Wilson

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