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2019 Directors Guild Award Nominations

2019 Directors Guild Award Nominations

The Directors Guild announced the nominees for outstanding directing in a film, along with its annual first-time director noms and TV noms. This year’s list includes a double nod for Bradley Cooper, for his directorial debut with A Star Is Born, and Spike Lee, who gets his first DGA nom for BlacKkKlansman. The list,  also includes Alfonso Cuarón for Roma, Peter Farrelly for Green Book and Adam McKay for Vice.

Among those missing Ryan Coogler for Black Panther, Yorgos Lanthimos for The Favourite, Damien Chazelle for First Man, John Krasinski for A Quiet Place, Jon Chu for Crazy Roch Asians, Barry Jenkins for If Beale Street Could Talk, Rob Marshall for Mary Poppins Returns, and there were no woman directors.

Winners will be revealed at the 71st annual DGA Awards on Feb. 2 at the Beverly Hilton. Last year director Judd Apatow isstepping out from behind the camera to host.



A Star is Born

(Warner Bros. Pictures)

Unit Production Manager: Robert J. Dohrmann

First Assistant Director: Michele “Shelley” Ziegler

Second Assistant Director: Xanthus Valan

Second Second Assistant Director: Matthew R. Milan




Unit Production Manager: Ana Hernandez

First Assistant Director: Frederic Henocque Albino

Second Assistant Director: Patrick Heyerdahl

Second Second Assistant Directors: Luis Fernando Vásquez, Julián ‘Chico’ Valdés, Arturo Garcia


Green Book

(Universal Pictures)

Unit Production Managers: Alissa M. Kantrow, John Brister, Franses Simonovich (New York Unit)

First Assistant Directors: J.B. Rogers, Alejandro Ramia (New York Unit)

Second Assistant Directors: Paul B. Uddo, Jack McKenna (New York Unit)

Second Second Assistant Directors: Gerson Paz, Jonathan Warren

Location Manager: Louis Zuppardi



(Focus Features)

Unit Production Manager: Marcei A. Brown

First Assistant Director: Mike Ellis

Second Assistant Director: Tracey Hinds

Second Second Assistant Directors: Jason Perez, Christina Ann Walker, Anastasia Folorunso



(Annapurna Pictures)

Unit Production Managers: Julie Hartley, Jeff Waxman

First Assistant Director: Matt Rebenkoff

Second Assistant Director: Joann Connolly

Second Second Assistant Directors: Yarden Levo, Dave Vogel (Washington D.C. Unit)



Eighth Grade


First Assistant Director: Dan Taggatz

Second Assistant Director: Vic Coram

Second Second Assistant Director: Evelyn Fogleman


A Star is Born

(Warner Bros. Pictures)

Unit Production Manager: Robert J. Dohrmann

First Assistant Director: Michele “Shelley” Ziegler

Second Assistant Director: Xanthus Valan

Second Second Assistant Director: Matthew R. Milan



(Summit Entertainment)

Assistant Director: La Mar Stewart

Second Second Assistant Director: Dominic Martin

Additional Second Second Assistant Director: Armin Houshmandi


A Private War

(Aviron Pictures)

Unit Production Manager: Louise Killin

First Assistant Directors: George Walker, Peter Freeman (Jordan Unit)

Second Assistant Directors: Tom Mulberge (UK Unit), Tom Browne (Jordan Unit)

Second Second Assistant Director: Tarik Afifi (Jordan Unit)


Sorry to Bother You

(Annapurna Pictures)

Production Manager: Chris Martin

First Assistant Director: Brian Benson

Second Assistant Director: Hilton Jamal Day

Second Second Assistant Directors: Sam Purdy, Nick Alvarez

Comedy Series

Donald Glover – “Atlanta”
Episode: “FUBU”

Bill Hader – “Barry”
Episode: Chapter One: Make Your Mark”

Hiro Murai – “Atlanta”
Episode: “Teddy Perkins”

Daniel Palladino – “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
Episode: “We’re Going to the Catskills!”

Amy Sherman-Palladino – “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
Episode: “All Alone”

Drama Series
Jason Bateman – “Ozark”
Episode: “Reparations”

Lesli Linka Glatter – “Homeland”
Episode: “Paean to the People”

Chris Long – “The Americans”
Episode: “START”

Adam McKay – “Succession”
Episode: “Celebration”

Daina Reid – “The Handmaid’s Tale”
Episode: “Holly”

TV Movie or Limited Series
Cary Joji Fukunaga – “Maniac”

David Leveaux (directed by) and Alex Rudzinski (live television directed by) – “Jesus Christ Superstar”

Barry Levinson – “Paterno”

Ben Stiller – “Escape at Dannemora”

Jean-Marc Vallee – “Sharp Objects”

Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Regularly Scheduled Programming
Paul G. Casey –  “Real Time with Bill Maher”
Episode: “#1633”

Sacha Baron Cohen, Nathan Fielder, Daniel Gray Longino, and Dan Mazer – “Who Is America?”
Episode:”Episode 102″

Jim Hoskinson – “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”

Don Roy King – “SNL”
Episode: “Adam Driver: Kanye West”

Paul Pennolino – “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”
Episode: “Episode 502 Italian Election”

Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Specials
Louis J. Horvitz – “The 60th Grammy Awards”

Tim Mancinelli and Glenn Clements – “The Late, Late Show Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special 2018”

Beth McCarthy-Miller – “Bill Maher: Live from Oklahoma”

Marcus Raboy – “Steve Martin & Martin Short’s An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life”

Glenn Weiss – “The 72nd Annual Tony Awards”

Reality Programs
Neil P. DeGroot – “Better Late Than Never”
Episode: “How Do You Say Roots in German?”

Eytan Keller – “Iron Chef Gauntlet”
Episode: “Episode 201”

Patrick McManus – “American Ninja Warrior”
Episode: “Miami City Quarterfinals”

Russell Norman – “The Final Table”
Episode: “Japan”

Bertram van Munster – “The Amazing Race”
Episode: “It’s Just a Million Dollars, No Pressure”

Steve Ayson – “Getting Ready,” Dollar Shave Club

Fredrik Bond – “Harmony,” Virgin

Martin de Thurah – “Final Breath,” Audi RS 5 Coupe

Spike Jonze – “Welcome Home,” Apple Homepod

David Shane – “Alien,” Babbel



Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email:

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