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DGA Awards: Damien Chazelle Wins Feature Film Prize For ‘La La Land’; ‘Game Of Thrones’ & ‘Veep’ Repeat – Full List

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The 69th annual DGA Awards are now history. Damien Chazelle and La La Land danced away with the guild’s top film honor tonight. Chazelle took the Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film award for La La Land, topping fellow nominees Barry Jenkins, for Moonlight;, Kenneth Lonergan for Manchester by the Sea, Denis Villeneuve for Arrival and Garth Davis for Lion. All were first-time nominees in the category. The DGA honor for La La Land is the latest in a string of award-season wins for the film, including Critics’ Choice, Golden Globe, PGA, and SAG.

In accepting the award, Chazelle said, “I wrote this movie six years ago in a very different time. What seemed like a more hopeful time. I would hope that the movie gives some kind of hope and if there’s one message I want to get across, it’s just chasing those dreams no matter how unrealistic they seem. It creates a ripple effect, I really do believe that.”

Garth Davis took the First-Time Feature Directing honor for The Weinstein Company’s Lion. It also was a DGA first for a nominee to be acknowledged in both the top film and first-time director categories. Documentary film honors went to ESPN Films for O.J. Made in America.

There were back-to-back winners for the top TV drama and comedy series awards with Game of Thrones (Miguel Sapochnik) and Veep (Becky Martin) taking home the trophies for the second consecutive year. (Last year it was David Nutter for GoT and Chris Addison for Veep).

In accepting the trophy for Veep, Martin thanked creator Armando Iannucci who brought her to the U.S. from the UK and started a career “that has literally changed my life”. Iannucci left the show this past season. She also thanked Dave Mandel, who took over.

Also taking TV honors: Steven Zaillian won best director for Movies for TV for and Miniseries for HBO’s The Night Of;  Variety/News/Talk/Sports – Regularly Scheduled Programming went to Don Roy King, for Saturday Night Live with host Dave Chappelle, and Glen Weiss took the best director nod for Variety/News/Talk/Sports – Specials for The 70th Annual Tony Awards.

Ridley Scott was honored with the guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award. In introducing Scott, Michael Fassbender said “Everyone fortunate to work with Ridley Scott walks around set two feet taller because they know they have reached the pinnacle of their craft.” In accepting the award Scott noted he was influenced at a young age by Orson Welles. “I was always impressed with what Orson Welles had done with his very first film [Citizen Kane]. He was 19 at the time of making Citizen Kane. He’s the reason I was so attracted to our world, with all its challenges.” Also receiving special honors were Jay D. Roth, who received the guild’s Presidents Award. He wrapped up his speech with an inscription from a headstone in Normandy. “‘Leadership is great courage and wisdom combined with a carelessness of self’. May we all live up to this ideal. Thank you for allowing me to serve you.” Thomas Schlamme also was honored with the Robert B. Aldrich Service award and Marie Cantin with the Frank Capra Achievement award.

Here is the complete list of winners:

Feature Film


La La Land (Lionsgate)

Directorial Team:

Unit Production Manager: Michael Beugg

First Assistant Director: Peter Kohn

Second Assistant Director: Paula Case

Assistant Unit Production Manager: Bart Lipton

Second Second Assistant Director: Brett Robinson

Additional Second Assistant Director: Dodi Rubenstein

First-Time Director Feature Film


Lion (The Weinstein Company)

Directorial Team:

First Assistant Director: Chris Webb

First Assistant Director: Ananya Rane (India Unit)

Second Assistant Directors: Mark Ingram (Australia Unit), Sunny Tiku (India Unit), KP Singh (India Unit), Shaunak Kapur (India Unit)



O.J.: Made in America

ESPN Films

Dramatic Series


Game of Thrones, “The Battle of the Bastards” (HBO)

Comedy Series


Veep, “Inauguration” (HBO)

Directorial Team:

Unit Production Manager: David Hyman

First Assistant Director: Dale Stern

Second Assistant Director: Michelle Gritzer

Second Second Assistant Director: Chris Riddle

Additional Second Assistant Director: Gary Cotti

Movies For TV And Miniseries


The Night Of, “The Beach” (HBO)

Directorial Team:

Unit Production Manager: Greer Yeaton

First Assistant Director: Michael Steele

Second Assistant Director: Ginger Gonzalez

Variety/News/Talk/Sports – Regularly Scheduled Programming


Saturday Night Live, “Host: Dave Chappelle” (NBC)

Directorial Team:

Associate Directors: Michael Mancini, Michael Poole, Bob Caminiti

Stage Managers: Gena Rositano, Chris Kelly

Variety/News/Talk/Sports – Specials


The 70th Annual Tony Awards (CBS)

Directorial Team:

Associate Directors: Ken Diego, Robin Abrams, Ricky Kirshner

Stage Managers: Garry Hood, Peter Epstein, Joey Despenzero, Phyllis Digilio-Kent, Andrew Feigin, Doug Fogel, Jeffry Gitter, Arthur Lewis, Jeffrey M. Markowitz, Cyndi Owgang, Jeff Pearl, Alfonso Pena, Annette Powlis, Elise Reaves, Lauren Class Schneider, Jim Semmelman

Reality Programs


American Grit, “The Finale Over the Falls” (Fox)

Directorial Team:

Associate Director: David Charles

Stage Managers: Daniel Curran, Kevin Fletcher

Children’s Programs


An American Girl Story – Melody 1963: Love Has to Win (Amazon)

Directorial Team:

Unit Production Manager: Richard G. King

First Assistant Director: Otto Penzato



Chase, Nike Golf – Wieden + Kennedy Portland

First Assistant Director: Rick Lange

Second Assistant Director: Ethan Ross

Doubts, Powerade – Wieden + Kennedy Portland

First Assistant Director: Mariela Comitini

Second Assistant Director: Brad Robinson

Expectations, Powerade – Wieden + Kennedy Portland

First Assistant Director: Mariela Comitini

Second Assistant Director: Brad Robinson

Manifesto, Squarespace – Anomaly

First Assistant Director: David Backus

Second Assistant Director: Josh Voegelin


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