Directors Guild of America Award

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For the most current awards, see 67th Directors Guild of America Awards.
Directors Guild of America Award
Logo of the Directors Guild of America Award
Country United States
Presented by Directors Guild of America since 1936
First awarded 1938
Official website

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.




Service and Achievement[edit]

Historic Awards[edit]

  • Drama Show Day (1983-1994)
  • Actuality (1977-1980)
  • Documentary Television (1977-1981)
  • Documentary/News (1971-1981)
  • Documentary/Actuality (1982-1990)
  • Specials/Movies for TV/Actuality (1976–81)
  • Sports (1984-1990)
  • Outstanding Television Director (1971-1975)
  • Television (1953-1970)
  • (Preston Sturges Award (1990, 1991, 1993)
  • Golden Jubilee Special Award (1986)
  • News

Winners - Motion Picture Categories[edit]

Outstanding Achievement in Feature Film[edit]

  • * - Director did not win the Academy Award.
  • ** - 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.)
  • *** - Was not nominated for Academy Award that year.

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary[edit]

Lifetime Achievement Award[edit]

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

Winners - Television Categories[edit]

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series[edit]

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series[edit]

Outstanding Achievement in Daytime Serials[edit]

Outstanding Achievement in Children's Programs[edit]

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

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Musical Variety[edit]

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Reality Programs[edit]

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Commercials[edit]

Lifetime Achievement Award[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Couch, Aaron; Kilday, Gregg (February 2, 2013). "DGA Awards: Ben Affleck Named Best Director for 'Argo'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 7, 2013.