The "Sideways" cast flanks director Alexander Payne. Star Virigina Madsen, far right, wears a mint-green gown by super-hot designer Kevan Hall.
The winners of the 2004 Directors Guild of America Outstanding Directorial Achievement Awards and the recipients of the DGA's 2005 Career Achievement Awards were announced at the 57th Annual DGA Awards Dinner at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in
For the nineteenth time, actor/director/comedian Carl Reiner hosted the Awards ceremony before an audience of 1,200 guests. The presenters included: DGA President Michael Apted; Mischa Barton (The O.C.); Jason Bateman (Arrested Development); DGA Board member LeVar Burton; Sandra Oh and Paul Giamatti (Sideways); Teri Hatcher (Desperate Housewives); Regina King, Kerry Washington (Ray); Diane Lane (Unfaithful); Director Garry Marshall (The Princess Diaries); Ian McShane (Deadwood); Edward James Olmos (Battlestar Galactica); DGA Second Vice President Ed Sherin; Abby Singer; Academy Award® winner Halle Berry (Monster's Ball); DGA Lifetime Achievement Award winner Steven Spielberg; and 77th Annual Academy Award® nominees: Cate Blanchett (The Aviator), Leonardo DiCaprio (The Aviator), Thomas Haden Church (Sideways), Jamie Foxx (Ray and Collateral), Morgan Freeman (Million Dollar Baby), Virginia Madsen (Sideways), Catalina Sandino Moreno (Maria Full of Grace) and Hilary Swank (Million Dollar Baby).
The DGA's Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film has traditionally served as a near-perfect barometer for the Academy Award for Best Director. Only six times since the DGA Award's inception in 1949 has the winner not gone on to receive the Academy Award for Best Director.
The winners of the 2004 Directors Guild of America Awards for Outstanding Directorial Achievement, and the recipients of the Guild's 2004 Lifetime Achievement Awards, are:
OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN FEATURE FILM
MILLION DOLLAR BABY
Mr. Eastwood's Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Tim Moore
First Assistant Director: Robert Lorenz
Second Assistant Director: Donald Murphy
Second Second Assistant Directors: Katie Carroll
Additional Second Assistant Director: Ryan D. Craig
This is Mr. Eastwood's second DGA Feature Film Award. His prior win was for UNFORGIVEN (1992) and he also received a nomination for
OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN MOVIES FOR TELEVISION JOE SARGENT
SOMETHING THE LORD MADE
First Assistant Director: Michele Ziegler
Second Assistant Director: Joseph Incaprera
Second Second Assistant Director:
This is Sargent's third win out of seven previous DGA nominations. He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television in 1973 for The Marcus Nelson Murders. That year he also won the DGA Television Award for Most Outstanding TV Director 1973. Sargent's other nominations include: For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story in 2000; A Lesson Before Dying in 1999; Miss Evers' Boys in 1997; World War II: When Lions Roared in 1994; and Miss Rose White in 1992.
OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMATIC SERIES NIGHT WALTER HILL
DEADWOOD - PILOT
Unit Production Manager: Gregg Feinberg
First Assistant Director: James Hensz
Second Assistant Director: Kenneth B. Roth
Second Second Assistant Director: Kevin Turley
This is Hill's first DGA Award.
OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN COMEDY SERIES
TIM VAN PATTEN
SEX AND THE CITY - "AN AMERICAN GIRL IN
Unit Production Managers: Jane Raab, Margo Myers
First Assistant Director: Bettiann Fishman
Second Assistant Director: Peter Soldo
This is Van Patten's second win in the Comedy Series category out of four DGA Award nominations. In 2003, he won the Comedy Series award for "BOY INTERRUPTED" (SEX AND THE CITY). In 2002, he was nominated in the Dramatic Series Night category for "WHOEVER DID THIS" (THE SOPRANOS). This year, he was also nominated in the Dramatic Series Night category for "LONG TERM PARKING" (THE SOPRANOS).
OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSICAL VARIETY
GENIUS: A NIGHT FOR RAY CHARLES
Associate Directors: Laura Lyons, Paige Rabban Hadley, Leslie Wilson
Stage Managers: Gary Natoli,
This is Gowers' first DGA Award. He was also nominated for the FLEETWOOD MAC REUNION SPECIAL in 1997.
OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN DAYTIME SERIALS
GUIDING LIGHT - EPISODE #14,321
Associate Director: Tracey Bryggman
Stage Managers: Ann Vettel, Adam Reist
Production Associate: Jan Conklin
This is Barry's first DGA Award and fifth nomination for Daytime Serials. His previous nominations - in 2000, 1996, 1995 and 1993 - were all for episodes of GUIDING LIGHT.
OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS
GOING TO THE MAT
Unit Production Manager: Donald Schain
First Assistant Director: Matias Alvarez
Second Assistant Director: Miriam Footer
Second Second Assistant Director: Christopher Barnes
This is Gillard's first DGA Award.
OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN COMMERCIALS
Carry, Adidas TBWA Chiat/Day
First Assistant Director: Gary Feil
Second Assistant Directors: Robert Kay, Brian Stevens, James Veal
First Assistant Director: James Giovannetti
Second Assistant Director: Susie Balaban
Toy Boat, eBay Goodby, Silverstein & Partners
First Assistant Director: Gary Feil
Second Assistant Directors: Robert Kay, James Veal
This is Murro's first DGA Award and third nomination. He was previously nominated in 2003 and 2002 for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Commercials.
OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN DOCUMENTARY
BYAMBASUREN DAVAA & LUIGI FALORNI
THE STORY OF THE WEEPING CAMEL
Recipients of the Guild's 2005 Career Achievement Awards:
GILBERT CATES - DGA PRESIDENT'S AWARD
For Leadership and Extraordinary Efforts in Enhancing the Welfare and Image of the Directors Guild of America and the Industry.
HERB ADELMAN - FRANK CAPRA ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
For an Assistant Director or Unit Production Manager in Recognition of Career Achievement in the Industry and Service to the Directors Guild of America.
For an Associate Director or Stage Manager in Recognition of Career Achievement in the Industry and Service to the Directors Guild of
STEPHEN McPHERSON - DGA DIVERSITY AWARD
For Outstanding Commitment to and Leadership in the Hiring of Women and Ethnic Minorities in DGA Categories.
Note: Only six times since the DGA Award's inception in 1949 has the DGA Award winner not won the Best Director Academy Award:
1968: Anthony Harvey won the DGA Award for The Lion in Winter while Carol Reed took home the Oscar® for Oliver!
1972: Francis Ford Coppola received the DGA's nod for The Godfather while the Academy selected Bob Fosse for Cabaret.
1985: Steven Spielberg received his first DGA Award for The Color Purple while the Oscar® went to Sydney Pollack for Out of Africa.
1995: Ron Howard was chosen by the DGA for his direction of Apollo 13 while Academy voters selected Mel Gibson for Braveheart.
2000: Ang Lee was chosen by the DGA for his direction of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon while Steven Soderbergh won the Best Director Academy Award for Traffic.
2003: Rob Marshall was chosen by the DGA for his direction of