Christopher Nolan wins top DGA award for ‘Oppenheimer’, paving the way for the Oscars: Full list of winners

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Christopher Nolan wins top DGA award for 'Oppenheimer', paving the way for the Oscars: Full list of winners

Renowned director Christopher Nolan, the visionary behind cinematic masterpieces like “Oppenheimer”, “Inception” and “The Dark Knight”, was in the spotlight at the 76th Directors Guild of America Awards held at the Beverly Hilton on February 10.

Hosted by acclaimed comedian and director Judd Apatow, the ceremony celebrated outstanding directorial achievements across a variety of mediums, including feature films, documentaries, television and commercials.

Nolan took home the night’s top honor for “Oppenheimer” for his directing skills, solidifying his frontrunner position for the upcoming Academy Awards. She was joined in the winners circle by Christopher Storer of FX’s “The Bear” and Peter Hoar of HBO’s “The Last of Us,” whose contributions to the television landscape earned them well-deserved awards.

Cillian Murphy honored Christopher Nolan, whose “Oppenheimer” marked their sixth film together. Murphy said, “It’s the same every time: The scripts are always really extraordinary, the worlds are always challenging and distinctive, they’re intelligent and consequential and, always, they have events.”

Nolan called the DGA recognition particularly special because “no one gets here on their own.” He thanked his cast, crew and wife Emma Thomas, whom he described as “the main producer of all these films and the main parent of four children”.

Among the notable mentions is Celine Song, who won a DGA medal for her directorial debut in the A24 drama “Past Lives.” The Directors Guild presented David Nutter with a Lifetime Achievement Award in Television, along with the Janet G. Knutson received the Frank Capra Achievement Award and Gary Natoli received the Franklin J. Awarded the Schaffner Achievement Award.

Former DGA President and two-time DGA Award nominee Taylor Hackford honored Alexander Payne of The Holdovers. “It’s my birthday and right now, there’s no place for me to be except here,” Payne said. “To be here tonight, where we are in human history, and to be recognized, we are all very, very, very fortunate.”

As the curtain falls on the 76th annual Directors Guild of America Awards, the celebration of artistic excellence and resilience serves as a poignant reminder of the transformative power of storytelling and creativity in shaping our cultural landscape and driving the entertainment industry forward.

Here’s the full list of winners from the 76th Annual Directors Guild of America Awards!

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Theatrical Feature Film

Christopher Nolan – “Oppenheimer” (Universal Pictures)

Michael Apted Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a First-Time Dramatic Feature Film

Celine Song – “Past Lives” (A24)

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Dramatic Series

Peter Hoare – “The Last of Us,” “Long, Long Time” (HBO/Max)
Directing Team: Unit Production Manager: Cecil O’Connor; First Assistant Director: Bethan Mowat

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series

Christopher Storer – “The Bear,” “Fishes” (FX)
Directorial Team: Unit Production Managers: Tyson Bidner, Cary Holt De Lama; First assistant directors: Duccio Fabbri, Pablo Gambetta; Second Assistant Director: Larisa Malarek; Second assistant directors: Olivia Demme, Hiro Taniguchi; Location Manager: Maria C. Roxas

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Television and Limited Series Films

Sarah Adina Smith – “Lessons in Chemistry,” “His and Hers” (Apple TV+)
Directorial Team: Unit Production Manager: Steven Brown; First Assistant Director: Christopher Kolpeck; Second Assistant Director: Deborah Chung

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Regularly Scheduled Programming

Michael Mancini and Liz Patrick – “Saturday Night Live”

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Variety/Talk/News/Sports-Special

Paul Miller – “Carol Burnett: 90 Years of Laughter + Love” (NBC)
Directorial Team: Associate Director: Sara Niemi; Stage Managers: Gary Natoli, Alyssa Lewisohn Hoyo, Christopher McDonald, Jackie Stathis

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Reality Programs

Niharika Desai – “Rainn Wilson and the Geography of Happiness,” “Happiness is a Bottle of Cod Liver Oil” (Peacock)

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children’s Programs

Amy Schatz – “Stand Up and Shout: Philly High School Songs” (HBO/Max)

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Commercials

Kim Gehrig (Somesuch)
“Run This City,” Apple Music – Apple (Client Direct) | First Assistant Director: David Webb
“The Travellers,” Expedia – Wieden & Kennedy | First Assistant Director: Zaida Fakih

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary

Mstislav Chernov – “20 Days in Mariupol” (PBS distribution)


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