Damien Chazelle Wins DGA Feature Film Award, Garth Davis Wins First-Time Director

The Directors Guild of America handed out their awards last night where Damien Chazelle became the youngest winner in the history of the awards for his work on “La La Land.” No surprise there, but this has just about locked up the Oscar win for the acclaimed director of “Whiplash.”

Actor Jane Lynch hosted the ceremony with presenters such as Amy Adams, Ryan Gosling, Taylor Hackford and last year’s winner Alejandro G. Inarritu.

The full list of winners are down below:

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN FEATURE FILM

Damien Chazelle, “La La Land” (Lionsgate)

Mr. Chazelle’s Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Manager: Michael Beugg
  • First Assistant Director: Peter Kohn
  • Second Assistant Director: Paula Case
  • Assistant Unit Production Manager: Bart Lipton
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Brett Robinson
  • Additional Second Assistant Director: Dodi Rubenstein

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT OF A FIRST-TIME FEATURE FILM DIRECTOR

Garth Davis, “Lion” (The Weinstein Company)

Mr. Davis’s Directorial Team:

  • First Assistant Director: Chris Webb
  • First Assistant Director: Ananya Rane (India Unit)
  • Second Assistant Directors: Mark Ingram (Australia Unit), Sunny Tiku (India Unit), KP Singh (India Unit), Shaunak Kapur (India Unit)

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMATIC SERIES

Miguel Sapochnik, “Game of Thrones,” “The Battle of the Bastards” (HBO)

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVMENT IN COMEDY SERIES

Becky Martin, “Veep,” “Inauguration” (HBO)

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN MOVIES FOR TELEVISION AND MINI-SERIES

Steven Zaillian, “The Night Of,” “The Beach” (HBO)

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN VARIETY/TALK/NEWS/SPORTS – REGULARLY SCHEDULED PROGRAMMING

Don Roy King, “Saturday Night Live,” “Host: Dave Chappelle” (NBC)

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN VARIETY/TALK/NEWS/SPORTS – SPECIALS

Glenn Weiss, “The 70th Annual Tony Awards” (CBS)

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OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN REALITY PROGRAMS

J. Rupert Thompson, “American Grit,” “The Finale – Over the Falls” (FOX)

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS

Tina Mabry, “An American Girl Story – Melody 1963: Love Has to Win” (Amazon)

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN COMMERCIALS

Derek Cianfrance

  • “Chase,” Nike Golf
  • “Doubts,” Powerade
  • “Expectations,” Powerade
  • “Manifesto,” Squarespace

OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN DOCUMENTARY

Ezra Edelman, “O.J.: Made in America” (ESPN Films)

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT & SERVICE AWARD RECIPIENTS

Lifetime Achievement Award

Also at this year’s DGA Awards celebration, legendary director Ridley Scott was honored with the Guild’s top honor, the Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Achievement in Motion Picture Direction.

DGA Presidents Award

Longtime DGA National Executive Director Jay D. Roth received the DGA Presidents Award, which is given for leadership and extraordinary efforts in enhancing the welfare and image of the Guild and the industry. Roth was only the fourth recipient of the award, which is bestowed only by a unanimous vote of the current and former DGA Presidents.

Special Service Awards:

Thomas Schlamme received the 2017 Robert B. Aldrich Award recognizing extraordinary service to the Guild.

Marie Cantin received the 2017 Frank Capra Achievement Award in recognition of career achievement in the industry and service to the Guild.

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About the DGA:

In the 81 years since its founding in 1936, the DGA has fought for the economic and creative rights of its members; protected their ability to financially benefit from the reuse of their work; established strong pension and health plans; and established jurisdiction in new technologies and distribution platforms. Today we represent more than 16,000 directors and members of the directorial team working in film, television, commercials, new media and other audiovisual media.

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About Clayton Davis

Clayton Davis is the esteemed Editor and Owner of AwardsCircuit.com. Born in Bronx, NY to a Puerto Rican mother and Black father, he’s been criticizing film and television for over a decade. Clayton is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association where he votes and attends the kick off to the awards season, the Critics Choice Awards. He’s also an active member of New York Film Critics Online, International Press Academy, Black Reel Awards, and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association. Clayton has been quoted and appeared in various outlets that include The New York Times, CNN.com, Variety, Deadline, Los Angeles Times, Bloomberg Television, AOL, Huffington Post, Bloomberg Radio, The Wrap, Slash Film, and the Hollywood Reporter.
  • Joey Magidson

    Chazelle almost assuredly has this now.

    • MovieManiac14

      I take it he’ll be a lock once he takes BAFTA.

      • Joey Magidson

        He’ll be unbeatable then, yes. He’s already essentially a lock, but I try to leave the door open a crack.

        • Michael Eduard Gschwandtner

          Jenkins is not nominated for BAFTA, so I don’t see anyone being able to make any noice here.

          • Joey Magidson

            Most likely not. Hard to make a case for anyone else.