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The winners of the Directors Guild of America Outstanding Directorial Achievement Awards for 2012 were announced tonight during the 65th Annual DGA Awards Dinner at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Los Angeles. Lena Dunham won the DGA's Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series for Girls.
Director/producer/actor Kelsey Grammer hosted the ceremony before an audience of more than 1,600 guests. Presenters included (in alphabetical order): Frank Capra III; Cedric the Entertainer; Bryan Cranston; Peter Fonda; Kelsey Grammer; Dave Grohl; DGA President Taylor Hackford; Anne Hathaway; Michel Hazanavicius; Helen Hunt; Hugh Jackman; Famke Janssen; Norman Jewison; Suraj Sharma; Martin Short; DGA National Vice President Steven Soderbergh; Chris Spencer; George Stevens, Jr.; Eric Stonestreet; Quvenzhané Wallis; and Sam Waterston.
The full list of winners is below!
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series
Lena Dunham, Girls, "Pilot"
Ms. Dunham's Directorial Team:
Unit Production Managers: Regina Heyman, Ilene S. Landress
First Assistant Director: Mark McGann
Second Assistant Director: Jason Ivey
Second Second Assistant Director: Marcos Gonzalez Palma
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series
Rian Johnson, Breaking Bad, "Fifty-One" (AMC)
Mr. Johnson's Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Stewart A. Lyons
Assistant Unit Production Manager: James Paul Hapsas
First Assistant Director: Ben Scissors
Second Assistant Director: Louis Lanni
Second Second Assistant Director: Anna Ramey
Additional Second Assistant Director: JoAnn Connolly
This is Mr. Johnson's first DGA Award.
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Reality Programs
BrIan Smith, Master Chef, "Episode #305" (FOX)
Mr. Smith's Directorial Team:
Associate Director: Anna Moulaison-Moore
Stage Manager: Drew Lewandowski
This is Mr. Smith's first DGA Award win and third nomination. He was previously nominated in this category in 2010 and 2011 for episodes "103" and "201" of Master Chef.
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Mini-Series
Jay Roach, Game Change (HBO)
Mr. Roach's Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Mary Kane
First Assistant Director: Josh King
Second Assistant Director: Emily McGovern
Second Second Assistant Director: Brian F. Relyea
This is Mr. Roach's second DGA Award win and second nomination. He previously won the DGA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Movies for Television and Mini-Series for Recount in 2008.
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Musical Variety
Glenn Weiss, 66th Annual Tony Awards (CBS)
Mr. Weiss' Directorial Team:
Associate Directors: Ken Diego, Robin Abrams, Stefani Cohen, Ricky Kirshner
Stage Managers: Garry Hood, Phyllis Digilio-Kent, Peter Epstein, Andrew Feigin, Lynn Finkel, Doug Fogel, Jeffry Gitter, Dean Gordon, Arthur Lewis, Jeffrey M. Markowitz, Joey Meade, Tony Mirante, Cyndi Owgang, Jeff Pearl, Elise Reaves, Lauren Class Schneider
This is Mr. Weiss' fourth DGA Award win and ninth nomination. He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Musical Variety in 2007, 2010 and 2011 for the 61st, 64th and 65th Annual Tony Awards. He was previously nominated in this category in 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006 and 2008, all for the 55th, 56th, 59th, 60th, and 62nd Annual Tony Awards.
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Daytime Serials
Jill Mitwell, "Between Heaven and Hell" (ABC)
Ms. Mitwell's Directorial Team:
Associate Directors: Tracy Casper Lang, Teresa Cicala, Michael Sweeney, Paul S. Glass
Stage Managers: Alan Needleman, Keith Greer, Tracy Casper Lang, Leah M. Weber
Production Associates: Nathalie Rodriguez, Kevin Brush
This is Ms. Mitwell's fourth DGA Award win and ninth nomination, all for her direction of One Life to Live. She won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Daytime Serials three times for One Life to Live, "Episode #9779" in 2006, "Episode #8295" in 2000 and "Episode #6356" in 1993. She was nominated five additional times for One Life to Live episodes "Starr X'd Lovers, The Musical, Part Three" in 2010, "Episode #8691" in 2002, "Episode #8012" in 1999, "Episode #7761" in 1998, and "Episode #7285" in 1996.
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children's Programs
Paul Hoen, "Let it Shine" (Disney Channel)
Mr. Hoen's Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Katie Willard Troebs
First Assistant Director: Daniel Coffie
Second Assistant Director: Todd Turner
Second Second Assistant Director: D. Scott Kirkley
This is Mr. Hoen's second DGA Award win and sixth nomination. He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children's Program in 2007 for Jump In and was previously nominated in this category in 2000 for the Even Stevens episode "Take My Sister... Please," in 2004 for Searching for David's Heart, in 2008 for Cheetah Girls: One World and in 2010 for Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam.