HBO Dominates DGA Awards

HBO won a clean sweep of the top television categories during last night’s Directors Guild of America Outstanding Directorial Achievement Awards ceremony. 

Game Of Thrones’ David Nutter won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement In A Dramatic Series for the fantasy series' “Mother’s Mercy” episode while Veep’s Chris Addison took home the award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Comedy Series for the series’ Election Night episode.

Also for HBO, Bessie’s Dee Rees was victorious in the Outstanding Directorial Achievement In Movies for Television and Miniseries category, according to the Director’s Guild.

In addition on the cable front, Adam Vetri won for best reality series for CMT’s Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge, “Gods Of War” episode and Kenny Ortega was triumphant in the children’s programs category for his direction of Disney Channel’s original movie Descendants.

The list of DGA Awards winners in the television category are as follows:

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in A Movie for Television and Miniseries

Bessie (HBO)

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in A Dramatic Series

Game of Thrones, “Mother’s Mercy” (HBO)

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in A Comedy Series

Veep, “Election Night” (HBO)

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

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, “Episode #325” (NBC)

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Specials

Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special (NBC)

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Reality Programs

Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge, “Gods of War” (CMT)

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children’s Programs

Descendants (Disney Channel)

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Commercials

Biscuit Filmworks

Emily’s Oz, Comcast – Goodby, Silverstein & Partners NY
Time Upon A Once, General Electric – BBDO
Dad Song, Old Spice – Wieden + Kennedy

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary

Cartel Land

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