33rd Directors Guild of America Awards

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33rd Directors Guild of America Awards
DateMarch 14, 1981 (1981-03-14)
LocationThe Beverly Hilton, Los Angeles, California
CountryUnited States
Presented byDirectors Guild of America
Best Director Feature Film:Ordinary PeopleRobert Redford

The 33rd Directors Guild of America Awards, honoring the outstanding directorial achievements in film and television in 1980, were presented on March 14, 1981 at the Beverly Hilton.[1][2] The television nominees were announced on February 10, 1981.[1]

Winners and nominees[edit]


Feature Film

Robert RedfordOrdinary People


Drama Series

Roger YoungLou Grant for "Lou"

Comedy Series

Noam PitlikBarney Miller for "Fog"

Musical Variety

Dwight HemionIBM Presents Baryshnikov on Broadway


Alfred R. KelmanThe Body Human: The Body Beautiful (Tie)
Perry Miller AdatoPicasso: A Painter's Diary (Tie)

  • David Heeley – Fred Astaire: Change Partners and Dance

Don Mischer – Kennedy Center Honors

Specials/Movies for TV/Actuality

Jerry LondonShōgun



George Gomes – A&W Restaurants' "Dancing", Bell System's "Joey Called", and Sara Lee's "Red Dye"

D.W. Griffith Award[edit]

Frank Capra Achievement Award[edit]

  • Francisco Day

Honorary Life Member[edit]


  1. ^ a b "The Directors Guild of America Tuesday nominated 18 directors,..." UPI. February 10, 1981. Retrieved May 27, 2018.
  2. ^ "Redford Wins Directors' Prize". The New York Times. March 17, 1981. Retrieved May 27, 2018.

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