The 2018 Directors Guild of America, or DGA, has announced their lineup of recipients for special recognition this year. The DGA Honors are given to the best of the best in the industry and acknowledge directors, producers, and craftsman. While the DGA Awards remain an important precursor for Oscar, the Honors awards are career achievements. The full list of Honors winners includes Director Ang Lee, costume designer Ann Roth, Fox Searchlight Chairman Nancy Utley, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, and SAG-AFTRA Senior Advisor John McGuire. The group is a strong one that bears recognition for the film industry.
Ang Lee is one of the iconic directors of the past three decades. His second film, “The Wedding Banquet” received a nomination for Best Foreign language film in 1993. Since then, he’s won two directors Oscars for “Brokeback Mountain” and “Life of Pi.” He also directed hits, “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” and “Sense and Sensibility.”
Ann Roth has also had an iconic career as a costume designer. She won her Oscar for “English Patient” in 1996 and picked up 3 other career nominations. Roth provided the costumes for films like “Mamma Mia,” “Doubt,” “The Reader,” “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” “The Post,” and “The Way, Way Back.” She continues to distinguish herself in the field today and became a popular costume designer in the process.
Utley has managed Fox Searchlight as President since 2009. Fox Searchlight has received 110 Oscar nominations under her tenure, including Best Picture winners “Birdman,” “The Shape of Water,” and “12 Years a Slave” last year. Senator Klobuchar helped protect copyright laws and sponsored legislation that should curb pirating. Finally, McGuire has fought for labor rights with his role in SAG-AFTRA. Overall, this is an interesting and diverse group worthy of the honors.