In Comedy Series category, "Modern Family" has aided its pilot director, Jason Winer, to take home an award. Also among the winners was "Taking Chance" helmer Ross Katz who won best directing prize in TV Movie category.
In movie categories, meanwhile, Kathryn Bigelow has beaten her ex-husband James Cameron for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film award. Thus, "The Hurt Locker" helmer has set her name as the first woman ever to win the top award from the awards event.
Later, taking home the gong for Documentary category was "The Cove" director Louie Psihoyos. At the ceremony, DGA also handed
The feature film award and other directorial achievement awards were announced during the 62nd Annual DGA Awards Dinner on Saturday, Jan. 30 in Los Angeles, hosted by Carl Reiner.
In the past, the DGA's feature film award winner has been a decent predictor of who will win the best director Oscar. Since 1948, the DGA and Academy have only differed six times in that category.
Bigelow beat out fellow directors James Cameron ("Avatar"), Lee Daniels ( "Precious: Based on the novel 'Push' by Sapphire"), Jason Reitman ("Up in the Air") and Quentin Tarantino ("Inglourious Basterds").
The other awards in directorial achievement follow:
Louie Psihoyos, "The Cove"
Dramatic Series Night
Lesli Linka Glatter, "Mad Men" episode "Guy Walks Into an Advertising Agency" (AMC)
Jason Winer, "Modern Family" "Pilot" episode (ABC)
Movies for Television/Mini-series
Bigelow's triumphant win was announced at the DGA awards ceremonies at the Century Plaza. She defeated her ex-husband, James Cameron, for "Avatar," Lee Daniels ("Precious"), Jason Reitman ("Up in the Air"), and Quentin Tarantino for "Inglourious Basterds."
Other DGA Award winners were:
Leslie Linka Glatter -- Drama Series Award for the "Guy Walks into any Advertising Agency" for AMC's "Mad Men"
Jason Winer -- Comedy Series Award for the pilot of ABC's "Modern Family"
Ross Katz -- TV-miniseries Award for HBO's "Taking Chance"
Louis Psihoyos -- Documentary Award for "The Cove" (this will win Best Documentary Oscar!)
Don Mischer -- Musical-Variety Award for HBO's "We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial
Thomas Carter scored a nomination in the TV movie-miniseries category for TNT’s Gifted Hands — The Ben Carson Story along with Bob Balaban for Liftetime’s George O’Keefe, John Kent Harrison for CBS’s The Courageous Heart of Irene Sandler, Ross Katz for HBO’s Taking Chance and Michael Sucsy for HBO’s Grey Gardens.
The domination by "Mad Men" is almost being toppled by Fox's new series, "Glee", which nabs two under the category of Comedy Series. Similarly, HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm" also has two candidates under Comedy, Jeff Schaffer and Larry Charles, who are both known as executive producers as well.
"Television directors play a crucial role in eliciting performance, advancing the story and establishing the look and feel in all genres of television," said DGA President Taylor Hackford. "The DGA Awards highlight the most outstanding examples of excellence in television each year, and our 41 nominees in eight categories have distinguished themselves with creative, compelling projects that entertained and informed a diverse worldwide audience.
While usual favorites "The Office" and "30 Rock" are conspicuously absent from the Comedy category, AMC drama "Mad Men" dominates the Drama category with three nominations. "Lost" and "In Treatment" nab the other two slots.
The full list of nominees is as follows:
Movies for Television
Bob Balaban, "Georgia O'Keeffe"
Thomas Carter, "Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story"
John Kent Harrison, "The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler"
Ross Katz, "Taking Chance"
Michael Sucsy, "Grey Gardens"
Paris Barclay, "In Treatment"
Jack Bender, "Lost"
Jennifer Getzinger, "Mad Men"
Lesli Linka Glatter, "Mad Men"
Matthew Weiner, "Mad Men"
Paris Barclay, "Glee"
Larry Charles, "Curb Your Enthusiasm"
Ryan Murphy, "Glee"
Jeff Schaffer, "Curb Your Enthusiasm"
Jason Winer, "Modern Family"
Joel Gallen, "The 25th Anniversary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concert"
Roger Goodman, "81st Annual Academy Awards"
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