Directors Guild of America names ‘Dune’, ‘Power of the Dog’, ‘Licorice Pizza’ and more

The 74th edition Directors Guild of America The awards officially announced their nominees on January 27.

Movie veterans Steven Spielberg, Jeanne Campionand Paul Thomas Anderson were recognized, as well as new filmmakers Maggie GyllenhaalMichael Sarnoski and Emma Seligman.

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“The power of cinema, in all its facets, shines through in the work of these exceptional directors representing the highest standards of filmmaking, artistic achievement and innovative storytelling,” said Directors Guild of America President Lesli Linka. Glatter. “Being nominated by his peers – who understand on the deepest level what it takes to bring his vision to life – makes this award so special, and we congratulate all of our nominees for their truly exceptional work.”

The 74th edition of the DGA Awards will take place on Saturday March 12.

Over the past year, the DGAs have reinstated a requirement that feature films must be eligible for DGA Award‘ The Outstanding Director’s Achievement in Theatrical Feature Award must first have an exclusive seven-day theatrical run before hitting any other platforms if released after June 15, 2021.

According to the 2022 requirements, the eligibility period runs from March 1 to December 31, 2021, similar to the 2022 Oscars. The guild said that for feature films released from March 1 to June 14, 2021, the limited exception will still apply.

“After more than a year of darkness, the theater marquees lighting up across our country have been a welcome sight for our healing communities,” former DGA Chairman Thomas Schlamme said after the publication of the news of the vote of the board of directors. “We celebrate the return of the important role theatrical cinema plays in bringing audiences together as they collectively experience films as the filmmakers intended them to be seen.”

See below for the full list of nominated films, and click here for the Television Appointments.

Outstanding Achievement as a Director in a Theatrical Feature for 2021

Paul Thomas Anderson
Licorice Pizza
(Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures/United Artists Liberation)

Mr. Anderson’s management team:

  • Unit Production Manager: Sue McNamara

  • First Assistant Director: Adam Somner

  • Second Assistant Director: Trevor Tavares

  • Second Second Assistant directors: Kasia Trojak, Bob Riley, David Marnell

Kenneth Branagh
(Main Features)

Jeanne Campion

The power of the dog

Steven Spielberg
West Side Story
(20th century workshops)

Mr. Spielberg’s management team:

  • Unit Production Managers: Carla Raij, Daniel Lupi

  • First Assistant Director: Adam Somner

  • Second Assistant Director: Jeremy Marks

  • Assistant Unit Production Manager: Robert T. Striem

  • Second Second Assistant Director: Josh Muzaffer

  • Additional Second Assistant Director: Billy Brennan

  • Location managers: Robert T. Striem, Katherine Delaney

Denis Villeneuve


(Photos by Warner Bros.)

Mr. Villeneuve’s management team:

    • Unit Production Managers: Joe Caracciolo, Jr., James Grant

    • First Assistant Director: Chris Carreras

    • Second Assistant Director: Tom Rye

Outstanding Achievement as a Director of a Feature Film Debut Director for 2021

Maggie Gyllenhaal

The lost girl


Rebecca room

Who passed


Tatiana Huezo

Prayers for the Stolen


Lin-Manuel Miranda

Tick, tick… Boom!


Mr. Miranda’s management team:

  • Unit Production Manager: Deb Dyer

  • First Assistant Director: Mariela Comitini

  • Second assistant directors: Josh A. Muzaffer, Luca Waldman

  • Second Second Assistant directors: Melissa Morphet, Lincoln Major

  • Additional Second Assistant Director: Zach Citarella

  • Director: Ryan Smith

Michel Sarnoski



Emma Seligman

Baby Shiva


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