The Shape of Water - Guillermo del Toro - 2018 DGA Awards Winners

Last night the Directors Guild of America handed out their awards honoring the best achievements in directing from the previous year. This includes directing for feature films as well as dramatic and comedic television. So who came away with the big prizes?

On the feature film side of things, Guillermo del Toro took the top prize for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for his work on the Best Picture nominated The Shape of Water, putting him on the level with his “Three Amigos” compadres Alfonso Cuaron and Alejandro González Iñárritu. But Get Out director Jordan Peele didn’t go home empty-handed since he won Outstanding Directorial Achievement of a First-Time Feature Film Director. As for the rest of the 2018 DGA Awards winners, you’ll have to check out the full list below.

Feature Films

Guillermo del Toro – The Shape of Water
Greta Gerwig – Lady Bird
Martin McDonagh – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Christopher Nolan – Dunkirk
Jordan Peele – Get Out

Outstanding Directorial Achievement of a First-Time Feature Film Director
Geremy Jasper – Patti Cake$
William Oldroyd – Lady Macbeth
Jordan Peele – Get Out
Taylor Sheridan – Wind River
Aaron Sorkin – Molly’s Game

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary
Ken Burns & Lynn Novick – The Vietnam War
Bryan Fogel – Icarus
Matthew Heineman – City of Ghosts
Steve James – Abacus: Small Enough to Jail
Errol Morris – Wormwood

Elisabeth Moss in The Handmaid's Tale


Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series
The Duffer Brothers – Stranger Things, “Chapter Nine: The Gate”
Reed Morano – The Handmaid’s Tale, “Offred”
Jeremy Podeswa – Game of Thrones, “The Dragon and the Wolf”
Matt Shakman – Game of Thrones, “The Spoils of War”
Alan Taylor – Game of Thrones, “Beyond the Wall”

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series
Aziz Ansari – Master of None, “The Thief”
Mike Judge – Silicon Valley, “Server Error”
Melina Matsoukas – Master of None, “Thanksgiving”
Bethany McCarthy-Miller – Veep, “Chicklet”
Amy Sherman-Palladino – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Mini-Series
Scott Frank – Godless
Barry Levinson – The Wizard of Lies
Kyra Sedgwick – Story of a Girl
Jean-Marc Valée – Big Little Lies
George C. Wolfe – The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

As you can see, in the TV awards, despite having three nominations in the Dramatic Series category, none of the Game of Thrones nominees walked away with the trophy. Instead, Reed Morano took it home for The Handmaid’s Tale. The win for Bethany McCarthy-Miller for Veep seems like a surprise, especially against Golden Globe favorite The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

If you’d like to see the full list of 2018 DGA Award winners, including directing for variety and talk shows, children’s programming, commercials and more, head over here.

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