Directors Guild of America 2019 Awards: Alfonso Cuarón, Bo Burnham, Ben Stiller win top honors
The 71st Annual Directors Guild of America Awards saw a big win for Roma director Alfonso Cuarón as he took home his second DGA Award.
The 71st Annual Directors Guild of America Awards was held 2 Feb, with awards to be given out in 11 categories across film and television. Roma director Alfonso Cuarón took home his second feature film DGA Award for the film, he had previously won it for Gravity (2013). He conquered the win against Bradley Cooper for A Star Is Born, Spike Lee for BlacKkKlansman, Adam McKay for Vice, and Peter Farrelly for Green Book for the feature film award.
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Bo Burnham was also among the guild’s big winners, taking home the first-time feature film prize for his coming-of-age drama Eighth Grade. He was up against Cooper, who lost out on two awards. The other nominees were Carlos Lopez Estrada for Blindspotting, Matthew Heineman for A Private War, and Boots Riley for Sorry to Bother You.
The other two actors-turned-directors who won honors were: Ben Stiller and Bill Hader. Stiller won in the movies for television and limited series category for his prison-break drama Escape at Dannemora, while Hader won for comedy series for Barry.
Tim Wardle won the documentary prize for Three Identical Strangers in a tough category up against Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, RBG, and others.
Don Mischer, was named the recipient of the DGA’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Achievement in Television Direction, one of the guild's highest honors.
Below is the full list of winners:
Best Feature Film Director
Alfonso Cuaron- Roma
Best First-Time Feature Film Director
Bo Burnham, Eighth Grade
Best Documentary Director
Tim Wardle, Three Identical Strangers
Best Drama Directing
Adam McKay, Succession (Episode: Celebration)
Best Variety Series Directing
Don Roy King, Saturday Night Live (Episode: Host: Adam Driver/Musical Guest: Kanye West)
Best TV Movie/Limited Series Directing
Ben Stiller, Escape at Dannemora
Best Variety Special Directing
Louis J Horvitz, The 60th Grammy Awards
Jack Jamesen — Sesame Street, When You Wish Upon a Pickle: A Sesame Street Special
Best Commercials Directing
Spike Jonze, Welcome Home, Apple
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