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Aisha Tyler Announced as Host for 71st Annual DGA Awards

Unapologetic with Aisha Tyler

Multi-talented star Aisha Tyler will host the 71st Annual DGA Awards. The Directors Guild of America President Thomas Schlamme announced the news today, ahead of the February 2 ceremony in Los Angeles.

“We’re excited to have Aisha on board for the 71st Annual DGA Awards,” said Schlamme. “She is ideally suited to host our special evening celebrating filmmaking. Not only is Aisha a talented comedian who has engaged and entertained audiences across platforms, she is a rising star behind the camera who has a deep understanding of what it takes for directors to bring their projects to life. Welcome Aisha.”

Throughout her successful career in film and television, Tyler has stared and directed in multiple eclectic and adventurous projects. Apart from her work in front and behind the camera, she is also a bestselling author, podcaster, and activist.

Among her most recognizable credits is her voice work as Lana Kane on FX’s Emmy-winning animated series “Archer,” as well as CBS’s “Criminal Minds,” where she is a series regular. More recently, Tyler has also directed episodes of the popular crime series.

Criminal Minds

This year’s DGA Awards nominees include Alfonso Cuarón (“Roma”), Bradley Cooper (“A Star is Born”),  Spike Lee (“BlacKkKlansman”), and Adam McKay (“Vice”). The organization will also honor first-timers such as Carlos López Estrada (“Blindspotting), Boots Riley (“Sorry to Bother You),Matthew Heineman (“A Private War”), and Bo Burnham (“Eight Grad”).

This is Spike Lee’s first-ever DGA Award nomination, while Bradley Cooper is nominated both as a first-time director and in the main feature category.

What do you think of Aisha Tyler being selected as this year’s DGA Awards host ? Please share your thoughts in the comments section!

The DGA Awards ceremony will be held on February 2, 2019.

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Written by Carlos Aguilar

Originally from Mexico City, Carlos Aguilar was chosen as one of 6 young film critics to partake in the first Roger Ebert Fellowship organized by, the Sundance Institute and Indiewire in 2014. Aguilar’s work has appeared in prestigious publications such as The Wrap, Indiewire, Vulture,, MovieMaker Magazine, Remezcla Filmmaker Magazine, Variety Latino, Slate, Bustle, Americas Quarterly, among others.

Besides his work in journalism, Aguilar regularly works as a screener for the Sundance Film Festival and a screenplay reader for Sundance’s Screenwriters Lab. Carlos Aguilar has also been on the jury at renowned festivals such the Palm Springs International Film Festival, the Gasparilla International Film Festival, the Louisiana International Film Festival, and the Los Angeles Indian Film Festival.

Aguilar currently co-hosts, One Week Only, a weekly podcast highlighting independent and international cinema. He also regularly participates in panel discussions about the importance of people of color in film criticism and his experience as a DACA recipient working in the film industry.


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