Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Documentaries

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Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Documentaries
Awarded for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentaries
Country United States
Presented by Directors Guild of America
First awarded 1991
Currently held by Matthew Heineman for City of Ghosts (2017)

The Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentaries is one of the annual Directors Guild of America Awards given by the Directors Guild of America. It was first awarded at the 44th Directors Guild of America Awards in 1992.

Winners and nominees[edit]

1990s[edit]

Year Winners and nominees Film Ref.
1991
(44th)
Barbara Kopple American Dream [1]
Eleanor Coppola, Fax Bahr, and George Hickenlooper Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse
Albert Maysles, Bob Eisenhardt, Susan Froemke, and Peter Gelb Soldiers of Music: Rostropovich Returns to Russia
Alan Raymond Doing Time: Life Inside the Big House
1992
(45th)
Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky Brother's Keeper [2]
Ric Burns The Donner Party
Mark Stouffer Braving Alaska
1993
(46th)
Barbara Kopple Fallen Champ: The Untold Story of Mike Tyson [3]
Shari Cookson Skinheads USA: Soldiers of the Race War
Bruce Kuerten and John DiJulio From Fields of Promise
Susan Raymond I Am a Promise: The Children of Stanton Elementary School
Susan Steinberg American Masters for "Paul Simon: Born at the Right Time"
1994
(47th)
Steve James Hoop Dreams [4]
Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine Frosh: Nine Months in a Freshman Dorm
Jyll Johnstone Martha & Ethel
Susan Todd and Andrew Young Lives in Hazard
Bethany Yarrow Mama Awethu!
1995
(48th)
Terry Zwigoff Crumb [5]
Deborah Hoffmann Complaints of a Dutiful Daughter
Freida Lee Mock Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision
Bill Van Daalen Indianapolis: Ship of Doom
Helen Whitney American Masters for "Richard Avedon: Darkness and Light"
1996
(49th)
Al Pacino Looking for Richard [6]
Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills
Leon Gast When We Were Kings
Jeanne Jordan and Steven Ascher Troublesome Creek: A Midwestern
Isaac Mizrahi The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century for "Slaughter"
1997
(50th)
Michael Uys and Lexy Lovell Riding the Rails [7]
Ellen Hovde and Muffie Meyer Liberty! The American Revolution for "Blows Must Decide"
John O'Hagan Wonderland
Michele Ohayon Colors Straight Up
Peter Rosen First Person Singular: I.M. Pei
1998
(51st)
Jerry Blumenthal, Peter Gilbert and Gordon Quinn Vietnam, Long Time Coming [8]
Matthew Diamond Dancemaker
Susan Lacy American Masters for "Leonard Bernstein: Reaching for the Note"
Nigel Noble Great Performances for "Porgy and Bess: An American Voice"
Kyra Thompson Dying to Tell the Story
1999
(52nd)
Nanette Burstein and Brett Morgen On the Ropes [9]
Barry W. Blaustein Beyond the Mat
Marc Levin Thug Life in D.C.
Errol Morris Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr.
Gary Weimberg The Double Life of Ernesto Gomez-Gomez

2000s[edit]

Year Winners and nominees Film Ref.
2000
(53rd)
Charles Braverman High School Boot Camp [10]
Laurie Collyer Nuyorican Dream
Mark Lewis The Natural History of the Chicken
Michael Mierendorf Broken Child
David de Vries The True Story of the Bridge on the River Kwai
2001
(54th)
Chris Hegedus and Jehane Noujaim Startup.com [11]
Charles Braverman Rocky and Rolanda
Stephen Ives Amato: A Love Affair with Opera
Frances Reid and Deborah Hoffmann Long Night's Journey Into Day
Martin J. Spinelli Life on Jupiter: The Story of Jens Nygaard, Musician
2002
(55th)
Tasha Oldham The Smith Family [12]
Charles Braverman Bottom of the Ninth
Rebecca Cammisa and Rob Fruchtman Sister Helen
Malcolm Clarke and Stuart Sender Prisoner of Paradise
Leah Mahan Sweet Old Song
2003
(56th)
Nathaniel Kahn My Architect [13]
Sam Green and Bill Siegel The Weather Underground
Andrew Jarecki Capturing the Friedmans
Errol Morris The Fog of War
José Padilha Bus 174
2004
(57th)
Byambasuren Davaa and Luigi Falorni The Story of the Weeping Camel [14]
Zana Briski and Ross Kauffman Born into Brothels
Ross McElwee Bright Leaves
Michael Moore Fahrenheit 9/11
Jehane Noujaim Control Room
2005
(58th)
Werner Herzog Grizzly Man [15]
Kief Davidson and Richard Ladkani The Devil's Miner
Sean McAllister The Liberace of Baghdad
Rupert Murray Unknown White Male
Brent Renaud and Craig Renaud Off to War: Welcome to Baghdad
2006
(59th)
Arūnas Matelis Before Flying Back to Earth [16]
Amy J. Berg Deliver Us from Evil
Michael Glawogger Workingman's Death
James Longley Iraq in Fragments
Jean-Henri Meunier Ici Najac, A Vous La Terre
2007
(60th)
Asger Leth Ghosts of Cité Soleil [17]
Ken Burns and Lynn Novick The War
Alex Gibney Taxi to the Dark Side
Richard E. Robbins Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience
Barbet Schroeder Terror's Advocate
2008
(61st)
Ari Folman Waltz with Bashir [18]
Peter Gilbert and Steve James At the Death House Door
Elizabeth Farnsworth and Patricio Lanfranco The Judge and the General
James Marsh Man on Wire
Gonzalo Arijón Stranded: I've Come from a Plane that Crashed in the Mountains
2009
(62nd)
Louie Psihoyos The Cove [19]
Sacha Gervasi Anvil! The Story of Anvil
Mai Iskander Garbage Dreams
Robert Kenner Food, Inc.
Geoffrey Smith The English Surgeon
Agnès Varda The Beaches of Agnès

2010s[edit]

Year Winners and nominees Film Ref.
2010
(63rd)
Charles Ferguson Inside Job [20]
Lixin Fan Last Train Home
Alex Gibney Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer
Davis Guggenheim Waiting for "Superman"
Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger Restrepo
2011
(64th)
James Marsh Project Nim [21]
Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory
Steve James The Interrupters
Richard Press Bill Cunningham New York
Martin Scorsese George Harrison: Living in the Material World
2012
(65th)
Malik Bendjelloul Searching for Sugar Man [22]
Kirby Dick The Invisible War
David France How to Survive a Plague
Lauren Greenfield The Queen of Versailles
Alison Klayman Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry
2013
(66th)
Jehane Noujaim The Square [23]
Zachary Heinzerling Cutie and the Boxer
Joshua Oppenheimer The Act of Killing
Sarah Polley Stories We Tell
Lucy Walker The Crash Reel
2014
(67th)
Laura Poitras Citizenfour [24]
Dan Krauss The Kill Team
John Maloof and Charlie Siskel Finding Vivian Maier
Jesse Moss The Overnighters
Orlando von Einsiedel Virunga
2015
(68th)
Matthew Heineman Cartel Land [25]
Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi Meru
Liz Garbus What Happened, Miss Simone?
Alex Gibney Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
Asif Kapadia Amy
2016
(69th)
Ezra Edelman O.J.: Made in America [26]
Otto Bell The Eagle Huntress
Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg Weiner
Raoul Peck I Am Not Your Negro
Roger Ross Williams Life, Animated
2017
(70th)
Matthew Heineman City of Ghosts [27]
Ken Burns and Lynn Novick The Vietnam War
Bryan Fogel Icarus
Steve James Abacus: Small Enough to Jail
Errol Morris Wormwood

Multiple wins and nominations[edit]

Wins Nominations Name (Year)
2 3 Jehane Noujaim (2001, 2004, 2013)
2 Barbara Kopple (1991, 1993)
2 Matthew Heineman (2015, 2017)
1 4 Steve James (1994, 2008, 2011, 2017)
3 Joe Berlinger (1992, 2006, 2011)
3 Bruce Sinofsky (1992, 2006, 2011)
3 Charles Braverman (2000, 2001, 2002)
2 Peter Gilbert (1998, 2008)
2 James Marsh (2008, 2011)
0 3 Errol Morris (1999, 2003, 2017)
3 Alex Gibney (2007, 2010, 2015)
2 Deborah Hoffmann (1995, 2001)
2 Ken Burns (2007, 2017)
2 Lynn Novick (2007, 2017)

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