NOMINEES: Directors Guild of America Awards

Directors Guild of America President Taylor Hackford today announced the DGA’s nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Television and Commercials for the year 2012.

“Television is in the midst of one of the most creative and fruitful periods in its history, and television directors are a critical element of that success,” said Hackford. “The 40 nominated directors in eight television categories represent the highest caliber of directing seen on television this year, with a diverse range of projects highlighting their creativity and skill in eliciting performance, advancing the story and establishing the look and feel in all genres of television. I congratulate them for their excellent work.”

The winners will be announced at the 65th Annual DGA Awards Dinner on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Los Angeles. The DGA Awards will be hosted by director/actor/producer Kelsey Grammer.

The nominees for the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Daytime Serials and for a Dramaatic Series are below:

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Daytime Serials

ALBERT ALARR
DAYS OF OUR LIVES, “Episode #11895”(NBC)

Mr. Alarr’s Directorial Team:
Associate Directors: Mike Fiamingo, Joe Lumer, Lugh Powers, Tina Keller
Stage Managers: Fran De Simone, Stuart Howard

Production Associates: Krista Cremidan, Holly Metts, Sara Peterson, Lucy Yalenian
This is Mr. Alarr’s third DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in this category for “Episode #10090” of Days of Our Lives in 2005 (co-directed with Herbert Stein) and “Episode #619” of Port Charles in 1999.

LARRY CARPENTER
GENERAL HOSPITAL, “Bad Water” (ABC)

Mr. Carpenter’s Directorial Team:
Associate Directors: Penny Pengra, Denise Van Cleave
Stage Managers: Brendan Higgins, Robert Markham, Craig McManus
Production Associates: Christine Cooper, Allison Reames

This is Mr. Carpenter’s ninth DGA Award nomination in this category. He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Daytime Serials four times for One Life to Live episodes “Starr X’d Lovers, The Musical, Part Two” in 2010, “So You Think You Can Be Shane Morasco’s Father” in 2008, “Episode #9947” in 2007 and “Episode #8849” in 2003. He was also nominated four times for One Life to Live episodes “Erika’s 40th” in 2011, “Episode #9686” in 2006, “Episode #9385” in 2005 and “Episode #8655” in 2002.

WILLIAM LUDEL
GENERAL HOSPITAL, “Magic Milo” (ABC)

Mr. Ludel’s Directorial Team:
Associate Directors: Penny Pengra, Denise Van Cleave, Christine Magarian-Ucar
Stage Managers: Craig McManus, Crystal Craft
Production Associates: Christine Cooper, Allison Reames

This is Mr. Ludel’s eighth DGA Award nomination in this category. He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Daytime Serials three times for General Hospital episodes “Intervention” in 2011, “Episode #9801” in 2001 and “Episode #8248” in 1995 (co-directed with Alan Pultz); and was previously nominated for General Hospital episodes “Macho Men” in 2009, “Luke in Purgatory” in 2008, “Episode #11177” in 2006 and for “Episode #7922” (co-directed with Shelley Curtis) in 1994.

SCOTT McKINSEY*
GENERAL HOSPITAL, “Shot Through The Heart” (ABC)

Mr. McKinsey’s Directorial Team:
Associate Directors: Penny Pengra, Denise Van Cleave, Christine Magarian-Ucar
Stage Managers: Craig McManus, Crystal Craft
Production Associates: Christine Cooper, Allison Reames

This is Mr. McKinsey’s eighth DGA Award nomination in this category. He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Daytime Serials for Port Charles, “Episode #1433” in 2002 and for General Hospital, “Episode #8883” in 1997. He was previously nominated for General Hospital episodes “Forces of Nature” in 2011, “Episode #11228” in 2007, “Episode #11178” in 2006, “Episode #8492” in 1996, and “Episode #8233” (co-directed with Shelley Curtis) in 1995.

* McKinsey is also nominated for an Indie Soap Award this year for directing the hit web series MISS BEHAVE.

JILL MITWELL
ONE LIFE TO LIVE, “Between Heaven and Hell” (ABC)

Ms. Mitwell’s Directorial Team:
Associate Directors: Tracy Casper Lang, Teresa Cicala, Michael Sweeney, Paul S. Glass
Stage Managers: Alan Needleman, Keith Greer, Tracy Casper Lang, Leah M. Weber
Production Associates: Nathalie Rodriguez, Kevin Brush

This is Ms. Mitwell’s ninth DGA Award nomination and all for her direction of One Life to Live. She won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Daytime Serials three times for One Life to Live, “Episode #9779” in 2006, “Episode #8295” in 2000 and “Episode #6356” in 1993. She was nominated five additional times for One Life to Live episodes “Starr X’d Lovers, The Musical, Part Three” in 2010, “Episode #8691” in 2002, “Episode #8012” in 1999, “Episode #7761” in 1998, and “Episode #7285” in 1996.

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Dramatic Series

MICHAEL CUESTA
HOMELAND, "The Choice" (Showtime)

Mr. Cuesta’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: J. David Brightbill
First Assistant Director: Ken Collins
Second Assistant Director: Kim Kennedy

This is Mr. Cuesta’s second DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series for the “Pilot” episode of Homeland in 2011.

JENNIFER GETZINGER
MAD MEN, “A Little Kiss” (AMC)

Ms. Getzinger’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Michele Greco
First Assistant Director: Adam Ben Frank
Second Assistant Director: Jessica Lowrey
Second Second Assistant Director: Erik J. Carpenter

This is Ms. Getzinger’s third DGA Award nomination. She was previously nominated for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series in 2009 for her Mad Men episode “The Gypsy and the Hobo” and again in 2010 for her Mad Men episode “The Suitcase.”

LESLI LINKA GLATTER
HOMELAND, "Q&A" (Showtime)

Ms. Glatter’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: J. David Brightbill
First Assistant Director: Louis J. Guerra
Second Assistant Director: Kim Kennedy

This is Ms. Glatter’s third DGA Award nomination. She won for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series in 2009 for the “Guy Walks Into an Advertising Agency” episode of Mad Men and was nominated in 1990 for “Episode 32006” of Twin Peaks.

RIAN JOHNSON
BREAKING BAD, “Fifty-One” (AMC)

Mr. Johnson’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Stewart A. Lyons
Assistant Unit Production Manager: James Paul Hapsas
First Assistant Director: Ben Scissors
Second Assistant Director: Louis Lanni
Second Second Assistant Director: Anna Ramey
Additional Second Assistant Director: Joann Connolly

This is Mr. Johnson’s first DGA Award nomination.

GREG MOTTOLA
THE NEWSROOM, “We Just Decided To” (HBO)

Mr. Mottola’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Leanne Moore
First Assistant Director: Kenneth B. Roth
Second Assistant Director: Zach Hunt
Second Second Assistant Director: Steve Dudycha

This is Mr. Mottola’s first DGA Award nomination.

For a complete list of nominees, visit dga.org.

RECENT DGA AWARDS LINKS:
- 2012 DGA Awards (GENERAL HOSPITAL's William Ludel)
- 2011 DGA Awards (ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Larry Carpenter)
- 2010 DGA Awards (AS THE WORLD TURNS' Christopher Goutman)
- 2009 DGA Awards (ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Larry Carpenter)

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