Former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama with American Factory directors Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar
Former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama with American Factory directors Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar

The directors of Honey Boy and American Factory won awards at the 72nd Annual DGA Awards on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles.

The winner of the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement of a First-Time Feature Film Director for 2019 is Alma Har’el for Honey Boy. This was Ms. Har’el’s second DGA Award nomination. She was previously nominated in the Commercials category in 2017 for Love Without Bias (P&G).

The winner of the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary for 2019 went to Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert for American Factory. This was Mr. Bognar’s and Ms. Reichert’s first DGA Award nomination and win.

The DGA prize is considered a bellwether for the Best Director Oscar with the last six DGA winners all going on to win at the Academy Awards: Alfonso Cuarón for “Roma,” Guillermo del Toro for “The Shape of Water,” Damien Chazelle for “La La Land,” and Alejandro G. Iñárritu for both “The Revenant” and “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance).”

72nd DGA Awards Winners

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in
Theatrical Feature Film

SAM MENDES
1917 (Universal Pictures)

Mr. Mendes’ Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Managers: Callum McDougall, Hannah Godwin
  • First Assistant Director: Michael Lerman
  • Second Assistant Director: Joey Coughlin

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in
First-Time Feature Film

ALMA HAR’EL
Honey Boy (Amazon Studios)

Ms. Har’el’s Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Manager: David Grace
  • First Assistant Director: Sean Vawter
  • Second Assistant Director: Colin Flaherty
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Sarah Balboa

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in
Documentary

STEVEN BOGNAR and JULIA REICHERT
American Factory
(Netflix)

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in
Dramatic Series

NICOLE KASSELL
Watchmen, “It’s Summer and We’re Running Out of Ice” (HBO)

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in
Comedy Series

BILL HADER
Barry, “ronny/lily” (HBO)

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

JAMES BURROWS
(‘All in the Family’ and ‘The Jeffersons’ – Directed by)

ANDY FISHER
(‘Live in Front of a Studio Audience’ – Directed by)

Live in Front of a Studio Audience Norman Lear’s ‘All in the Family’ and ‘The Jeffersons’ (ABC)

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in
Movies for Television and Limited Series

JOHAN RENCK
Chernobyl
(HBO)

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

DON ROY KING
Saturday Night Live, “E. Murphy; Lizzo” (NBC)

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in
Reality Programs

JASON COHEN
Encore!, “Annie” (Disney+)

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in
Children’s Programs

AMY SCHATZ
Song of Parkland
(HBO Documentary Films)

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in
Commercials

SPIKE JONZE
(MJZ)

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