Directors Guild of America Award

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Directors Guild of America Award
72nd Directors Guild of America Awards
Logo Medallion of the Directors Guild of America Award
Awarded forFilm direction
CountryUnited States
First awarded1938

The Directors Guild of America Awards are issued annually by the Directors Guild of America. The first DGA Award was an “Honorary Life Member” award issued in 1938 to D. W. Griffith. The statues are made by New York firm, Society Awards.


Competitive categories[edit]

Special awards[edit]

  • Lifetime Achievement in Feature Film: since 1952 (until 1999 as D.W. Griffith Award)
  • Lifetime Achievement in Television: since 2014
  • Lifetime Achievement in News Direction: since 1995
  • Lifetime Achievement in Sports Direction: since 1991
  • Honorary Life Member
  • Frank Capra Achievement Award: since 1979
  • Robert B. Aldrich Service Award: since 1983
  • Franklin J. Schaffner Achievement Award: since 1990
  • Presidents Award: since 1997
  • Diversity Award: since 1996

Discontinued categories[edit]

  • Actuality: 1977 to 1980
  • Daytime Serials: 1991 to 2012
  • Documentary / Actuality: 1982 to 1990
  • Documentary / News: 1971 to 1981
  • Documentary Television: 1977 to 1981
  • Drama Show Day: 1983 to 1994
  • Golden Jubilee Special Award: 1986
  • Musical Variety: 1971 to 2012
  • Outstanding Television Director: 1971 to 1975
  • Preston Sturges Award: 1990, 1991, 1993
  • Specials / Movies for TV / Actuality: 1976 to 1981
  • Sports: 1984 to 1990
  • Television: 1953 to 1970

Winners – Motion Picture[edit]

Lifetime Achievement Award[edit]

(formerly the D. W. Griffith Lifetime Achievement Award)

Outstanding Achievement in Feature Film[edit]

  1. – Director won the Academy Award.
  2. – Director did not win the Academy Award.
  3. § – Director was not nominated for Academy Award that year.
  4. ** - Film also won the Academy Award for Best Picture.
  5. ¿ – Originally, the DGA used a non-calendar year for its award. Both films competed in the 22nd Academy Awards for 1949, and both directors were nominated for Best Director; Mankiewicz won. All the King's Men won Best Picture; Rossen's DGA was not awarded until after the Oscars. (Beginning with the 1951 award in 1952, the DGA has been always awarded before the Oscars.)

Outstanding Achievement in Documentary[edit]

Outstanding Achievement in First-Time Feature Film[edit]

Winners – Television[edit]

Lifetime Achievement Award[edit]

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Commercials[edit]

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series[edit]

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series[edit]

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children's Programs[edit]

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Daytime Serials (1991–2012)[edit]

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Reality Programs (2005–present)[edit]

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Miniseries[edit]

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Variety/Talk/News/Sports Series (2013–present)[edit]

Note: This award is for regular programming.

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Variety/Talk/News/Sports Special (2013–present)[edit]

Note: This award is for special programs.

External links[edit]

  1. ^ "2011 DGA Honors Recipients Announced". August 12, 2011.