Affleck and ‘Argo’ Win Top Prizes at the DGA Awards
Okay, this is just getting silly — another major Hollywood award ceremony, another victory for Ben Affleck and ‘Argo,’ this time at the Director’s Guild of America awards. If this was like any other year, Affleck would look like a shoe-in for the Oscar…except that he’s not nominated. Which means that Affleck’s repeated victories make this year’s Academy Awards the hardest to predict in recent memory.
Although the big news of the ceremony was the continued momentum of ‘Argo,’ there were plenty of other noteworthy winners. Rian Johnson, whose ‘Looper’ has been unfairly ignored throughout most of the award circuit, took home a statuette for directing the haunting ‘Breaking Bad‘ episode “Fifty-One” and Lena Dunham won in the TV comedy category for the pilot of ‘Girls.’ ‘Master Chef’ was victorious in the reality television category and Jay Roach won the best miniseries or TV movie award for ‘Game Change.’ Oscar prognosticators should note that ‘Searching For Sugarman’ won in the documentary category, lending it additional Oscar momentum.
Here is a complete list of all of the 2013 Director’s Guild of America award winners:
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film
BEN AFFLECK, ‘Argo’
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Commercials
ALEJANDRO GONZALES INARRITU
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series
RIAN JOHNSON, ‘Breaking Bad,’ “Fifty-One”
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Reality Programs
BRIAN SMITH, ‘Master Chef,’ “Episode #305”
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies For Television and Mini-Series
JAY ROACH, ‘Game Change’
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Musical Variety
GLENN WEISS, ’66th Annual Tony Awards’
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Daytime Serials
JILL MITWELL, ‘One Life To Live,’ “Between Heaven and Hell” (ABC)
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children’s Programs
PAUL HOEN, ‘Let it Shine’
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary
MALIK BENDJELLOUL, ‘Searching For Sugar Man’
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series
LENA DUNHAM, ‘Girls,’ “Pilot” (HBO)
Lifetime Achievement and Service Awards
DGA Lifetime Achievement Award
Given in recognition of distinguished achievement in Motion Picture Direction.
Robert B. Aldrich Service Award
Given in in recognition of extraordinary service to the Directors Guild of America and to its membership.
Lifetime Achievement in News Direction Award
Given in recognition of distinguished achievement in News Direction.
Frank Capra Achievement Award
Given to an Assistant Director or Unit Production Manager in recognition of their career and service to the industry and the DGA.
Franklin J. Schaffner Achievement Award
Given to an Associate Director or Stage Manager in recognition of their service to the industry and DGA.