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Stanley Nelson Wins DGA Award for Attica

First win for Nelson

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Stanley Nelson pulled a major upset last night at the Directors Guild of America Awards. Nelson won the award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary for Attica, his gripping account of the 1971 prison uprising and case of police brutality. The award marked Nelson’s first honour from the DGA. Attica is currently nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. The film, which kick off the documentary line-up at last fall’s Toronto International Film Festival, is currently streaming on Crave.

Also nominated at the DGA Awards were Nelson’s fellow Oscar nominees Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson (Summer of Soul) and Jessica Kingdon (Ascension), along with Raoul Peck (Exterminate All the Brutes) and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin (The Rescue). It was a big night for Netflix, as the streamer picked up both award for feature dramatic films. As expected, Jane Campion won the top award for her drama The Power of the Dog, while Maggie Gyllenhaal scored the first feature prize. Campion is widely considered the odds-on favourite for the Best Director Oscar.


The full list of DGA winners is as follows:

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary

Stanley Nelson




Outstanding Achievement in a Theatrical Feature Film

Jane Campion

The Power of the Dog



Outstanding Directorial Achievement of a First-Time Feature Film Director

Maggie Gyllenhaal

The Lost Daughter



Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Dramatic Series

Mark Mylod

Succession, “All the Bells Say”


Mr. Mylod’s Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Managers: Gabrielle Mahon, Scott Ferguson
  • First Assistant Director: Christo Morse
  • Second Assistant Directors: Michelle Flevotomas, Nicholas Notte
  • Assistant Unit Production Manager: Robert Striem
  • Location Manager: Paul Eskenazi


Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Comedy Series

Lucia Aniello

Hacks, “There Is No Line”

(HBO Max)

Ms. Aniello’s Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Managers: Melanie J. Elin, David Hyman
  • First Assistant Director: Jeff Rosenberg
  • Second Assistant Director: Erin Stern Linares
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Heidi Hinzman
  • Additional Second Assistant Director: Alaina Neumann


Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Limited Series 

Barry Jenkins

The Underground Railroad


Mr. Jenkins’s Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Manager: Richleigh Heagh
  • First Assistant Director: Liz Tan
  • Second Assistant Director: Elaine Wood
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Wayne Witherspoon
  • Additional Second Assistant Directors: Jesse Carmona, AJ Bruno


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

Don Roy King

Saturday Night Live, “Keegan-Michael Key; Olivia Rodrigo”


Mr. King’s Directorial Team:

  • Associate Directors: Michael Mancini, Michael Poole, Laura Ouziel-Mack
  • Stage Managers: Gena Rositano, Chris Kelly, Eddie Valk


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

Paul Dugdale

Adele: One Night Only


Mr. Dugdale’s Directorial Team:

  • Associate Director: Hayley Collett
  • Stage Managers: Gary Natoli, Erica Christensen, Zachary Figures, Jackie Stathis


Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Reality Programs 

Adam Vetri

Getaway Driver, “Electric Shock”

(Discovery Channel)

Mr. Vetri’s Directorial Team:

  • Associate Director: John Esposito
  • Stage Manager: Eric Pai


Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children’s Programming

Smriti Mundhra

Through Our Eyes, “Shelter”

(HBO Max)


Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Commercials

Bradford Young

(Serial Pictures x Somesuch)

Super. Human., Channel 4 Paralympics – 4Creative

  • First Assistant Director: Jez Oakley


Honorary Life Member and Service Awards:

DGA Lifetime Achievement Award in Feature Film: Spike Lee

Frank Capra Achievement Award: Joseph P. Reidy

Franklin J. Schaffner Achievement Award: Garry W. Hood



Pat Mullen is the publisher of POV Magazine. He holds a Master’s in Film Studies from Carleton University where his research focused on adaptation and Canadian cinema. Pat has also contributed to outlets including The Canadian Encyclopedia, Paste, That Shelf, Sharp, Xtra, and Complex. He is the vice president of the Toronto Film Critics Association and an international voter for the Golden Globe Awards.

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